Wheelchair woman is bag snatch victim: police appeal

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A woman in a wheelchair was targeted by a suspected bag snatch thief in a Burnley department store.

The vulnerable woman was shopping with a friend in Marks and Spencer when the theft happened.

Her friend had hung a handbag on the back of the wheelchair as they looked at clothes in the St James’s’ Street store on Wednesday, January 22nd.

Police believe another woman walked past and snatched the bag which contained money, bank cards and other personal items.

Officers branded the crime “cowardly” and have released a CCTV image of a potential suspect of the theft which happened around 12-30pm.

PC Trevor Syrett, of Burnley Police, said: “For all intents and purposes, this handbag was stolen from a vulnerable person and is nothing short of a cowardly act.

“If anybody has any information about this incident or recognises the woman in the CCTV then I would urge them to contact police.”

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 quoting log number LC-20140122-0890 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.