‘Catch lowlife scumbag who robbed my 71-year-old mum,’ says disgusted son

A 71-year-old woman was robbed on an alleyway between Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and Beckton Avenue in Waterthorpe.
A 71-year-old woman was robbed on an alleyway between Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and Beckton Avenue in Waterthorpe.
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The son of an OAP who was robbed on a footpath has branded the callous thief ‘lowlife scum’ who needs to be caught.

Mick Brown’s 71-year-old mother, who did not wish to be named, was robbed on a footpath between Crystal Peaks and Beckton Avenue in Waterthorpe.

The 71-year-old was walking from the Crystal Peaks area when a man in his 20s followed her and stole around £70 and a Nokia Lumia mobile phone.

The robber struck yards away from a house and concerned residents came out to help when they heard her screams.

The elderly woman, who still works, was left ‘shaken’ by the ordeal.

The incident has angered the family and the wider community.

Mick said: It’s disgusting. All the family are absolutely furious by what’s happened. It’s the lowest of the low really.

“This lowlife scum needs catching.

“Lots of people are understandably concerned by what’s gone on in the area. It’s a secluded path and vulnerable people may think twice about using it.

“She actually told me she saw this lad on the park just down by Crystal Peaks as you head towards Waterthorpe.

“Funnily enough she moved a lot of her stuff from inside her handbag into her pockets as she felt a little uneasy already.

“He must have followed her up the path and then he tried to grab her bag and managed to run off with it.

“All the family and her friends are rallying round her. My daughter has asked her if she wants lifts into work.”

Officers found the bag but nothing was left in it. No fingerprints were recovered.

The Star understands police have been carrying out extra patrols in the area whilst reviewing CCTV footage near to Crystal Peaks shopping centre.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We are seeking information regarding a robbery that occurred on April 12 at approximately 12.50pm on a pathway between homes on Beckton Avenue, Waterthorpe.

“The offender is described as male, 6ft tall of skinny build in his early 20s. He is described as wearing a black tracksuit hooded top with white on the front of it.

“Did you see or hear anything around this time? Have you seen a male matching this description in this particular area?”

Anyone with any information is being urged to call 101 quoting incident number 438 of April 12, 2016.