OAP chases thief af­ter purse grab ‘COME BACK YOU BESOM’

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Jackie Grant

A brave pen­sioner chased a man down a street af­ter he grabbed her purse out of her hand and fled.

Lil­ian Brown ran af­ter the thief, yelling: “Come back here ya wee besom.”

The 73-year-old was on her way to buy her lot­tery ticket and only had about £3 in her purse when the yob struck.

Granny Lil­ian had just fin­ished a shift vol­un­teer­ing at Annan Rugby Club around 6.20pm on Satur­day.

She said: “I was go­ing to put my lot­tery on and I saw a man walk­ing to­wards me with his hood up and wear­ing a jacket that was too big for him.

“He ducked into a door­way and was talk­ing on his phone but I think he was just kid­ding.

“I had a bad feel­ing but when I then no­ticed him again stand­ing in a bus shel­ter, I re­laxed a bit.” But as Mrs Brown ap­proached the side of the Aldi store in Butts Street, the crook ran past and grabbed her purse.

Stunned Mrs Brown took up the chase, shout­ing at him to come back.

She said: “I’ve not run like that for ages and didn’t get very far. I think I’d have got fur­ther if I’d had my sand­shoes on.

“It was prob­a­bly daft run­ning af­ter him and of course he’s not go­ing to come back just be­cause I shouted at him but I didn’t have time to think.

“I was bawl­ing ‘come back ya wee besom’ but it wasn’t re­ally besom – it was an­other word be­gin­ning with B.”

Mrs Brown walked home where she phoned po­lice and then her bank to re­port her cards had been stolen.

She added: “I can­celled them quickly enough so he didn’t get any­thing and there was only £3 some­thing in the purse.

“I was more wor­ried that when he re­alised what was in

it, he’d go out and do it again to some­body else.”

The plucky pen­sioner said it “hit home” the next day what had hap­pened.

“I was shak­ing and had knots in my stom­ach, “she said.

“I’m also wor­ried be­cause I had a pre­scrip­tion in my purse with my ad­dress on it.

“You don’t ex­pect some­thing like that to hap­pen at 7pm in a High Street.

“The next time I’m work­ing at the club, I’ll be get­ting a taxi home.”

Con­sta­ble Scott Lisett at Annan de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “a de­spi­ca­ble theft which has left the vic­tim in a state of shock”.

He added: “We are ap­peal­ing to any­one who may have been in the Butts Street area to get in touch if they can help us iden­tify this man. He is de­scribed as be­ing about 20-years-old, about 5’ tall and wear­ing a large black jacket with the hood up.

“This man may have been hang­ing around the Butts Street/High Street area prior to this theft tak­ing place. Call­ers can con­tact us on the 101 number.”

Have a go Lil­ian Brown gave chase af­ter rob­ber grabbed her purse out­side Annan store

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