CCTV footage has revealed how a thief hid in bushes before jumping out on a pensioner and slamming her to the ground.
The 77-year-old was left with a dislocated shoulder after the criminal pounced on her in an alleyway before making off with a necklace. The cowardly attack, which took place in Crystal Palace, south east London, left the pensioner ‘frightened and in enormous pain’. Police investigating the robbery have released CCTV in the hunt for the suspect after the vile robbery at about 12:20pm on September 30.
Footage shows the woman being approached by a man who lunged at her without warning, knocking her to the ground and then running off. The force of the unexpected attack caused the victim to fall and land awkwardly, dislocating her shoulder, before members of the public rushed to help her. About ten minutes after the attack, the woman was found by police and she told officers that the necklace she had been wearing was missing.
The victim was taken to a hospital in south London by the police, as there were no London Ambulance Service vehicles available, police said at the time. The suspect is described by police as either a white or Asian male, aged 25-35 years old, wearing a blue jacket, red shorts with a distinctive white strip at the side, and white socks and flip flops.
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