Thursday 17 October 2019

Elderly woman shocked after theft of handbag


AN ELDERLY Wexford woman was robbed of her handbag while sitting in her daughter's parked car.

Mrs. Marie Morris (91) of Drinagh lost €1200 in cash, her pension book and precious memory cards of her late husband and son in the callous theft.

Mrs. Morris went into town last Friday afternoon and was sitting in the passenger seat of her daughter Bridget's car in Crescent Quay car park when the robbery took place.

A woman with long dark hair approached and opened the car door.

She gestured to coins in a pocket of the car and leaned across Mrs. Morris who was unsure what she was saying.

The woman left taking the elderly woman's handbag with her.

It contained cash and personal belongings including her pension book, medical card and reading glasses.

Memory cards of her deceased husband John F. and her son Paddy were also taken..

'I went up to Fehily's chemist to get bandages for her,' said Bridget.

'When I came back, my mother told me what had happened but she never missed the handbag.'

'She was very upset. It took a lot out of her,' said Bridget who warned people to be wary.

'We want to let other know that this kind of thing is happening,' she said.

Bridget spent two hours driving around town to see if her mother would recognise the thief but was unsuccessful.

'My mother reckoned she was aged between 20 and 30. She had long black hair and was wearing a dirty white cardigan.'

'She must have clapped her hands when she saw what was in the bag.'

Mrs. Morris has a devotion to Padre Pio and had a relic of him in the stolen handbag.

'She blessed herself that night and prayed to him to bring her bag back,' said Bridget.

The robbery was reported to the gardai.

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