Police hunt thief who targeted blind woman

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A disabled woman was the victim of a cruel theft in a Chorley supermarket.

The victim, who is clinically blind, had both her mobile phone and purse stolen after she was targeted by an unknown woman.

The theft took place at Booths supermarket on New Market Street on Saturday September 14.

Police are investigating and have released two CCTV images.

The 58-year-old was preyed upon by the unknown woman at around 2pm.

The offender spent two minutes trying to unzip the bag which was attached to the frame that woman uses to help aid her walking.

Once the bag was opened, the offender stole a purse and mobile phone.

Booths Chorley store manager Mark Rowland insists the store will do everything they can to catch the offender.

He said: “Booths are fully co-operating with the police on this matter, and we hope by releasing this CCTV image, the police will be able to make an arrest.

“Booths take the care of their customers very seriously, and hope with the help of the police, the suspect will be caught.”

Officers are now appealing to any other shoppers in the store who witnessed the thief in action.

Anyone who recognises the woman in the picture are being asked to come forward to help identify her.

People with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimstoppers on 0800 555111.