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Elderly lady robbed of handbag containing new iPhone in Sainsbury’s

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A 75-year-old lady had her handbag stolen in the latest sickening attack on pensioners in recent weeks.

The most recent report of a robbery happened in Sainsbury’s in Newry on Friday, when a elderly lady had her bag stolen, which contained valuable items, including a brand new iPhone.

The lady’s daughter took to social media to warn others.

She posted: “Please folks be careful when out doing your Christmas shopping.

“My mum, a 75-year-old vulnerable old lady, had her handbag stolen in Sainsbury’s in Newry on Friday. It contained her new contract iPhone, purse with some cash, and her cards, precious memory card of her brother and her disability parking ticket!

“Some scum bags out there looking out for vulnerable older people to rob. She has been left traumatised and very frightened. Disgusting.”

The incident was reported to police.

This follows on from similar incidents in Armagh and Lurgan – both of the latter believed to be connected – in which an elderly woman was robbed of her handbag.

The incident in Armagh city centre may have resulted in the preying thieves – understood to be two women – watch the victim as she withdrew cash from an outside ATM at Sainsburys.

In a separate incident on the same day, an elderly woman again, aged in her 70s, was robbed of a substantial sum of money by two female thieves in the middle of the Lidl supermarket in Kitchen Hill.

As of yet, there are no suggestions linking the incident in Newry to these incidents in Armagh and Lurgan but the manner in which the incident was carried out suggests this is very similar.

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