The shocking moment a thief steals £2,000 from grandmother’s pocket as she shops
This shocking video shows the moment a pickpocket stole £2,000 cash from a grandmother who was shopping at her local fruit and veg store.
Kantaben Ashani, 69, a retired cleaner, was buying radishes in Kingsbury, North London when the thief reached into her bag to lift envelope of cash.
Ms Ashani, who had withdrawn the cash to pay for Diwali gifts for her family, said she believes she had been tailed by the thief after withdrawing the money from a nearby Nationwide bank.
She discovered the theft moments later when attempting to pay for her groceries at the till.
‘I saw the women but thought they were just shopping. I started crying at the till, I couldn’t stop talking and crying. It’s the first time I’ve carried this much money,’ said Ms Ashani, according to the Evening Standard.
‘I get flashbacks every time I go to the shop. I’m praying to God that they don’t do that to anyone else.’
Video footage captures Kantaben Ashani shopping for vegetables as she is approached by a woman
The woman appears to be shopping, picking up vegetables from the grocery store in Kingsbury, North London
She then turns her attention to Ms Ashani’s handbag, reaching her hand in to retrieve the wad of cash
The theft was caught on camera by local resident Suryakant Jadva and quickly shared on Twitter.
Ms Ashani added that she would struggle to give presents to her loved ones for Diwali, the festival of light which started on Thursday.
‘One of our rituals is that we give money to our grandchildren — it’s like Christmas, lots of presents. Now the money’s gone Diwali will be a bit of a financial strain.’
The Metropolitan police confirmed it was investigating.