Woman steals pensioner’s sat nav moments after crash

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A CRUEL thief snuck into an elderly woman’s car and stole her sat nav just moments after she was injured in a collision.

The 73-year-old woman suffered severe bruising to her legs and ribs after her blue Vauxhall Corsa collided with railings on the petrol forecourt of the Asda store on High Street, Hulme.

As she and her husband, who has dementia, were waiting for the ambulance the callous thief snuck into her car and stole her satellite navigation system.

It happened at about 12pm on 23 April 2015.

The woman, who was driving, collided with the railings on the forecourt while her husband was in the passenger seat. She is his full-time carer as he has dementia.

As they were waiting for the ambulance to arrive to treat them for their injuries, the thief went into the open car and stole the black Garmin satellite navigation device from the footwell of the passenger’s seat.

The offender is described as being 30-40-years-old, with a beard and wearing purple surf-style shorts.

Police have issued this picture and are appealing to anyone who might know this man to come forward.

Police Constable Paul Brunton said: “I have spoken to the woman, and in her victim impact statement she has described this thief as ‘the lowest of the low’.

“As she and her husband waited for an ambulance, injured from the collision moments before, what they needed was help and assistance but instead this thief took advantage of the opportunity, preyed upon their vulnerable state and stole their sat nav.

“It is a sickening, appalling and cruel act and while I doubt the thief is ashamed of himself, I’m sure anyone reading or hearing this appeal will be disgusted.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.