Pensioner's 'disgust' over wallet theft

Dorset Echo: ANGRY: John Thompson with wife Nannette ANGRY: John Thompson with wife Nannette

AN OAP said he is 'angry and disgusted' after someone found his lost wallet, promised to hand it in and didn't.

John Thompson, 81, from Preston, said he and his wife Nannette, 75, had been to B&Q at the Jubilee Retail Park in Weymouth.

As they were loading up the car Mr Thompson said he believes his wallet slipped from his hand as he was putting items in the car. He didn't realise it was gone until they had got to Morrisons supermarket.

They immediately returned to B&Q but the wallet had gone.

Mr Thompson said he spoke to a worker at one of the nearby stores who said he had seen someone pick up the wallet. When challenged, the person said he would hand it in to B&Q but when Mr Thompson checked with the store, the wallet had not been dropped off.

The brown leather fold over wallet had £20 cash inside as well as Mr Thompson's driving licence, a couple of bank cards and some numbers, including his own - there was also a picture of his daughter Carole and her family.

Mrs Thompson is a registered disabled badge holder, so they had been parked in a disabled bay.

Mr Thompson said he was angry that someone could have taken it from a disabled space as it had his OAP cards in there.

He said: “It makes me cross.

“It's unbelievable.”

The Thompson's number was in the wallet so whoever found it could have identified the owner.

Mr Thompson said: “They could have called me - but they didn't.”

He added that he felt 'angry, cross and disgusted.'

Mr Thomspon has cancelled his cards and has had to arrange for a new driving licence and bus pass- all things he could have done without the hassle of.

He said: “At 81 it's not very nice.”

Mr Thompson added: “I think they should be ashamed of themselves. They must have known it was a disabled person because it was found in a disabled parking spot.”

Police appeal

DORSET Police are investigating the matter as theft.

The incident happened some time between 1.45pm and 2pm on Saturday, January 25. 

Police said the owner, who dropped his wallet, was informed a man and woman had picked up the wallet and stated they would hand it in to B&Q. Enquires have revealed that it was not handed in and it has not been recovered.

PC Mike Green, of Weymouth police, said: “This theft is very distressing for the victim. The wallet has a great sentimental value and also contained personal photos that cannot be replaced. The victim is keen to have them returned.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this theft or may have information about those involved to get in contact.

“I urge anyone with information about the whereabouts of the wallet, or those responsible for its loss, to come forward as soon as possible.

“Witnesses and anyone with information are asked to call Dorset Police in confidence on 101.”

No arrests have been made.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 29:127.

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6:23pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Hippyhooker says...

CCTV to monitor if you park a minute over your time, but not to monitor scumbags thieving, just goes to show the priorities.
CCTV to monitor if you park a minute over your time, but not to monitor scumbags thieving, just goes to show the priorities. Hippyhooker

8:01am Sun 9 Feb 14

MaidofDorset says...

Are we sure that there is no CCTV footage available? I'm sure the Echo would be delighted to publish a photo of the mean person who helped themselves.
Are we sure that there is no CCTV footage available? I'm sure the Echo would be delighted to publish a photo of the mean person who helped themselves. MaidofDorset

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