Kind hearted people who viewed appeal after the sickening theft by a scumbag couple from Gosport have replaced the stolen cash within three hours of the appeal being launched. The wicked theft took place on Monday afternoon (December 17) after the pensioner had withdrew funds from the HBSC in Gosport.
The couple who police have released CCTV images on stole the money from the former serviceman as he walked away from the bank to go and pay Christmas bill and buy present for his family. Many have taken to social media expressing their disgust and vowing to have the cash replaced.
A go fund me page was set up by Kerry Snuggs from Titchfield and the total was reach by 109 kind people donating cash to the appeal. Speaking from her Titchfield home this evening she said “Acts of Kindness aims to help those in need. The appeal went out to replace the gents funds at 7pm and by 21:30 hours the money was raised. The Christmas Spirit shown by the community has been absolutely incredible. The gent will be told about the money raised tomorrow by the Officer in the case and I will be present whilst they do this. (The money will be given via bank transfer). Anything over the target raised will be donated to the gents nominated charity. Co-Op In Rowner have also put together a hamper for the gent.
Police are appealing for a name and to punish the people who are believed to be involved. Pictured is the woman police would like to speak to.
Investigating officer, PC Kerri Harris said: ‘This was an absolutely despicable incident where two people have deliberately targeted a vulnerable elderly man.
‘He has visited the bank to withdraw money to pay his monthly bills and to spend on Christmas shopping and now he has been left with absolutely nothing.’
It happened between 10.40am and 11am on Monday in South Cross Street.
The man and woman are described as having foreign accents, possibly European. The victim said the woman spoke better English than the man.
The woman is described as: she had long dark hair with a fringe, of slim build, approximately 5ft 2ins, wearing a white wool hat, light coloured scarf, black coat with fur around the hood, black knee length dress/top, beige UGG style boots with white fur and carrying a black bag with some kind of pattern or glittery sequins on.
The man is described as: about 6ft, wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, grey scarf, blue skinny jeans and white trainers.
Anyone with information should contact PC Kerri Harris or PC Pamela Collier at Gosport police station on 101.
Donate to the fundraiser here: gofundme.com/elderly-gent-who-had-money-stolen