Thief nabs man’s ciggies
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.