CCTV shows heartless thieves steal purse from disabled pensioner in Wilko store

The 71-year-old was out shopping with her carer when her purse was taken

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A video has been released that shows the moment two heartless thieves stole the purse of a wheelchair-bound pensioner as she shopped in a hardware store in Northamptonshire.

The shocking CCTV footage released by Northamptonshire Police over the weekend, captures a woman wearing a pink jacket take the 71-year-old’s purse from the back of her wheelchair at the Wilko store in Rushden on 7 January.

The CCTV footage begins with the pair appearing to look at items on the shelves as they hover behind the elderly woman’s wheelchair. The woman in the pink jacket is then seen putting her hand into the pensioner’s handbag as she bends down to pick up what appears to be a bottle of shampoo.

According to police, the woman rummaged around in the bag for several seconds before she grabbed the 71-year-old’s purse which is said to have contained just over £100.

Police are now searching for the two suspects and have called on anyone with any information to contact them.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: 'Officers investigating the case would like to speak to anyone who was in the store at that time and saw the couple, or who knows who they are.'

Witnesses, or anyone with any information about this theft, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.