Brazen thief caught on police bodycam stealing from injured 81-year-old
A brazen thief was caught on police camera footage stealing from an injured elderly woman outside a bank.
Jay Makwana, of Northumberland Park, Erith, was sentenced six years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery at Woolrich Crown Court on Wednesday, January 6.
The incident happened as police officers responded to a report of an 81-year-old injured woman in Market Place in Bexleyheath.
In the police bodyworn footage, Makwana is seen staying by the pensioner's side and answering to the police.
He then steals the woman's purse, which contained £200 cash inside, puts it into a carrier bag and leaves the scene.
The victim suffered non-threatening facial injuries and was taken by London Ambulance Service to a south London hospital.
Officers launched an investigation after taking witness statements and reviewing CCTV from the area, according to the Metropolitan Police.
The footage showed the victim leaving a nearby bank when she was approached by Makwana, who then pushed her to the ground causing her to hit her head on the pavement.
He waited with the woman until officers arrived.
Makwana was arrested by officers from the South East Basic Command Unit on November 24. He was interviewed and charged the following day.
Sergeant Matt Taylor, of the Burglary Robbery Investigation Team, said: "This was a truly shocking assault on a woman who was deliberately targeted because of her age and vulnerability.
"It has had a huge impact on the victim's life and left her scared to leave home alone. I hope the fact that Makwana received a significant custodial sentence will bring her some closure as she continues to come to terms with this terrible ordeal."
Makwana was also ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge.
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