Suspected thief arrested after robbing partially blind 92-year-old at Gateshead post office
05 Sep | 13:05

A suspected thief has been arrested after a partially blind 92-year-old was robbed at a Post Office in Gateshead yesterday (Wednesday).

At about 4.30pm police received a report that the frail pensioner had been targeted as she withdrew cash at the Post Office on Saltwell Road.

She reported being approached by a woman she did not know who grabbed the money out of her pocket and fled the scene.

The victim, who is partially blind, was thankfully not seriously injured but she was left very distressed by the theft.

Response officers from Gateshead Police Station attended the scene and immediately reviewed CCTV cameras in the area.

Their enquiries led them to an address in Teams where a 32-year-old woman was arrested and a small amount of cash was seized.

Today Neighbourhood Sergeant Paul Cook praised the victim for her bravery and said it was "despicable" that anyone could target a "frail and vulnerable" woman.

He said: "We are glad that we have been able to identify and arrest a suspect in this case and I hope that brings some comfort for the victim.

"It is hard to comprehend how someone can target a frail and vulnerable woman and the actions of that person are despicable.

"Thankfully the victim was not injured but it is very distressing to be a victim of this type of crime and it has had an impact on her.

"I hope that the quick response of our officers reassures other members of the public and acts as a deterrent to others who think of committing similar crimes.

"We are committed to keeping our streets safe and making sure vulnerable people are confident to go about their daily business without the fear of falling victim to crime."

Stephanie Stainsby, 32, of Eslington Court, Teams, Gateshead, was charged with one count of theft from person and is due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates Court on October 2.

Anyone who wants to report a crime to police can do so by calling 101 or reporting it online at the Northumbria Police website.

If a crime is in action, or if there is an immediate risk to person or property, then you should call 999.

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