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Sussex CCTV shows 'brazen' car thief trick pensioner

The moment a thief stole a 72-year-old woman's car after offering to help her has been captured on CCTV and released by Sussex Police.

Officers said the man approached the woman as she sat in her Ford Focus in Heathfield's Whole Foods car park on 16 November and told her something was leaking.

When she got out and went to the bonnet, the man got in the car and drove off.

Police, who described the thief as "brazen", said the woman tried to stand in front of the car but he drove away clipping her knee as he went.

The car was recovered five days later in Hellingly but the woman's handbag, keys, money and credit cards were stolen.

  • 21 Dec 2016