‘It shouldn’t go un­no­ticed’

Thief tar­gets se­nior af­ter bank trans­ac­tion in Ber­wick

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNT­YNEWS.CA Ash­ley.thomp­son@kingscount­ynews.ca

A Ber­wick-area woman in her 80s has a cau­tion­ary tale to share af­ter a dis­con­cert­ing run-in with a crafty thief.

The woman, who does not wish to be iden­ti­fied for se­cu­rity pur­poses, went to the Royal Bank on Com­mer­cial Street in Ber­wick to with­draw $300 in cash May 17.

She no­ticed a man hav­ing a cig­a­rette near the steps for the bank on her way in, but didn’t think much of it un­til she en­coun­tered that man again af­ter re­turn­ing to her ve­hi­cle parked in the In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer lot nearby.

She said she placed her hand­bag on the seat of her car, and the man ap­proached her un­der the guise that he was con­cerned her car was leak­ing fluid.

“He ran around the front and said, ‘It’s just gush­ing out,” the woman re­called.

Seconds later, the man grabbed the door to the woman’s car and got his hands on the cash in her bag. She yelled at him to put the money back, and started try­ing to hit his hands with her cane.

“He took three twen­ties and threw the rest on the street and ran,” she said, adding that she’s thank­ful she was not in­jured.

“It all hap­pened so fast that I was left dumb­founded. It was some­body that knew what they were do­ing.”

She said the fact that the man only stole $60 when he had more cash in his hands is per­plex­ing, to say the least.

“The loss of the money was sec­ondary to the in­ci­dent, but it’s a good thing for other peo­ple to watch (for),” she said.

“I’m sure if he’d do that to me he’d do it to other peo­ple. It shouldn’t go un­no­ticed.”

She said man, who was of av­er­age height and she guessed to be mid­dle aged, was wear­ing what looked to be a navy blue ath­letic suit. She last saw him run­ning across the street and go­ing by the post of­fice.

“Older peo­ple should be es­pe­cially care­ful be­cause there is a per­son like that at large,” she said.

Const. Kelli Gaudet of the Kings Dis­trict RCMP con­firmed that the mat­ter is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion May 22. The theft was re­ported to po­lice at 2:10 p.m. May 17.

Gaudet said RCMP don’t of­ten re­ceive calls of this na­ture in Kings County, and there have not been re­cent re­ports of sim­i­lar oc­cur­rences.

Po­lice are urg­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the theft in Ber­wick to con­tact Nova Sco­tia Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477 or sub­mit a se­cure web tip at https://crimestop­pers.ns.ca/.

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