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Sunday 17 December 2017

Women hunted as OAP in wheelchair has bag snatched

GARDAI are anxious to speak to these two women in connection with the callous robbery of a wheelchair-bound pensioner.

Officers in Co Wicklow have appealed for the public's assistance in locating the women -- as they believe they may be vital their investigation.

A disabled OAP was left "extremely distressed" after her handbag was snatched while she was shopping for fruit and vegetables.

The incident occurred in the It's Fresh vegetable shop in Arklow, Co Wicklow.

After going to the till, the elderly woman noticed her bag had disappeared.

Gardai suspect it was stolen and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

They are particularly anxious to speak to two women (pictured) who were captured on the shop's CCTV system around the time the theft occurred.

No arrests have been made but gardai are following a definite line of inquiry.

A source explained: "These women were in the shop so it is vitally important that gardai speak to them.

"This was a very distressing thing to happen to this woman. She is missing a number of cards and other belongings and is very upset over the episode."



witnesses

The pair were seen by witnesses walking up and down the town's main street prior to the theft.

They are then seen for several minutes wandering round the shop before leaving the vicinity.

Shop owner and local councillor Tommy Annesley told the Herald that neither the victim or any of the four staff members noticed the theft.

"It's a terrible thing to happen and it has upset the community and my customers. We are cooperating with gardai and have handed over the CCTV," he said.

"We are just hopeful the culprit is caught. Our shop is just a small vegetable shop -- we hate these type of things happening and it's very distressing."

The incident comes just four months after Mr Annesley was bitten by a thug as he tried to defend another one of his premises during a raid.

After realising the door of his business had been unhinged, Mr Annesley entered the shop with a staff member and confronted two young males.

After dragging one of the men to the floor, Tommy was bitten in the hand.

He has since raised the issue of workers' personal safety with local gardai.

"We're a small town and when episodes like these happen we feel we have to do something. You have to feel safe in your workplace," he said.

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