Woman in her late 60s left ‘shaking like a leaf’ after Welwyn Garden City robbery

PUBLISHED: 14:33 02 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:33 02 September 2013

This 'Apollo' bike was found by police investigating a robbery in Panshanger

This 'Apollo' bike was found by police investigating a robbery in Panshanger


A WOMAN in her late 60s was left “shaking like a leaf” following a robbery in Welwyn Garden City.

The victim spoke out after a callous thief snatched a bag containing money she had been saving for a holiday.

Despite the efforts of two members of the public, who chased after the brazen thief, he escaped.

Officers believe a bike recovered alongside the victim’s bag could hold the key to catching the criminal, and today (Monday) released a photograph of it.

It happened between 10.40am and 11.10am in Bericot Way on Wednesday last week, while the woman was walking to catch a bus.

Speaking after the robbery, the victim, who did not want to be identified, said: “This has affected me badly.

“I was in shock and was shaking like a leaf afterwards.

“I was taking money to the bank as we’re saving for a holiday.

“I’m so angry with him. All I want is my money back.”

The man, believed to be aged between 20 and 25, took the bag from the victim’s shoulder and rode off in the direction of Riven Hall End, where the Apollo bike and bag were later recovered.

Police said “a large quantity of cash” had been removed from the bag, and suspect the bike may have been stolen.

Detective Constable Glen Turrell-Oldacre is investigating and said: “Clearly the victim is shaken by what happened and we are keen to find out who did this.

“We are releasing an image of the bike which was seized in the hope that someone will be able to identify who it belongs to.

“Do you know whose bike this is? Has it been stolen from you recently?

“I’d also be very keen to speak to any witnesses to what happened. Did you see a man riding this bike round the area on the day?

“Did you see him making off from the scene of the crime?”

Detectives believe the thief was stocky, and wearing a black top.

Anyone with information can contact Det Con Turrell-Oldacre on the Herts Police non-emergency number, 101, quoting crime reference number B1/13/2188.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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