Sunday, October 02, 2016

Elderly woman made low-speed getaway on stolen mobility scooter

A great-grandmother has been left housebound after an elderly woman and her male accomplice stole her £1,000 mobility scooter while she was in a bible reading class.

The thief, who used a walking stick, was helped by a man who disabled the lock before pushing the woman away. Pensioner Sarah Dougall, 75, had gone to an evening bible class on in New Cross, south east London.

She had parked her scooter outside the class hidden behind two bins and had been at the class for just 90 mins. But when she came out, the mother-of-six, who has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, was shocked to see her scooter had gone. CCTV footage shows a man and an elderly woman approaching the burgundy Revo SCUK64 scooter in its parking spot.

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The female suspect, who walks with a stick and was wearing a distinctive pattern jacket, shone a torch on the vehicle as the man spent several minutes inspecting the vehicle, before reaching underneath to disable the lock. The woman then climbed onto the seat before the man pushed her slowly away. Sarah, who has lived in her council house in Peckham for 35 years, said she was dependent on the mobility scooter, which she had had for a year, after two operations on her leg.

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