Thief nabs man’s cig­gies

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Thames res­i­dents have been left out­raged over footage of a fleet­ing thief prey­ing on an el­derly man.

CCTV video from out­side To­tara Su­perette shows a young man nab­bing cig­a­rettes from the boot of the el­derly man’s car as he pretends to help load the man’s walker into the boot. The footage was shared on lo­cal Thames so­cial me­dia pages and has sparked a ma­jor re­ac­tion in the town.

To­tara Su­perette man­ager Kusum Vi­nayak said the el­derly man is a reg­u­lar cus­tomer in the store. He came in around 2pm on Thurs­day and pur­chased gro­ceries, in­clud­ing two pack­ets of cig­a­rettes. Stunned and hang­ing onto his walker, the el­derly man be­gan yelling for help, she said.

‘‘I heard him scream­ing and when I went to the old man he ex­plained ev­ery­thing, I felt pity for him. He was very up­set and shout­ing, say­ing the guy has taken my cig­a­rettes.’’

Thames po­lice Sergeant John Hill said po­lice had re­viewed the CCTV footage and were ac­tively in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

‘‘It is gutless be­hav­iour. He’s tar­geted a vul­ner­a­ble man. The Thames com­mu­nity will not tol­er­ate of­fend­ing like this and of­fences against vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.’’

A Give-a-lit­tle page has been set up to raise funds for the man.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Thames po­lice: 07-867 9600.

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