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Find the woman who stole my pension, says 97-year-old
CATCH the thief who stole my pension.
That’s the message from a 97-year-old partially sighted man targeted in a “despicable” theft at a Hampshire shopping centre.
Leslie Parsonage says he can no longer venture out to the shops as he has done in the past after his wallet containing £450 – which included pension cash he had collected minutes earlier – was snatched.
He spoke out as officers released a CCTV image of a woman they are hunting in connection with the theft.
Mr Parsonage has severely limited sight – so much so that the family are thinking of registering him blind, while he is also extremely hard of hearing.
The pensioner, from Bassett, was using a white cane, which he needs for his poor vision, at the time of the incident.
Mr Parsonage was resting on railings at Boots in Fryern Arcade, Chandler’s Ford at around 12.15pm yesterday, having been in the Post Office to collect the pension, when he was asked by a woman for the time.
As he looked at his watch the woman stole his wallet from his jacket pocket. It contained £450, including his pension money.
Mr Parsonage realised his wallet was missing when he entered another store and returned to the Post Office thinking he might have mislaid it.
Staff then alerted the police.
Mr Parsonage believes he was being watched beforehand.
He said: “I feel very upset, especially as they did it to someone of my age and I’m half-blind.
“It’s stealing money off an old man who cannot do much about it. I’m so mad about it.
“It’s knocked my confidence.”
His great-niece Sharon Leggett, 48, said: “I think it’s appalling that someone could do that to someone so vulnerable.
“It’s absolutely disgusting to do this to an elderly person.
“You shouldn’t do it to anybody but to see he’s got the white stick and he’s vulnerable – I just cannot believe someone would do that. It’s despicable.”
The woman is described as Asian or eastern European in appearance with black hair swept into a bun, thin and around 5ft 4in to 5ft 6in tall.
She wore a three-quarter length camel-coloured jacket, faded jeans and trainers and a white scarf around her neck.
As she walked away, she put on a white hat.
Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw a woman in the Chandler’s Ford area who matches the description.
Contact the Targeted Patrol Team at Eastleigh Police on 101.
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