A good Samaritan foiled a thief who attempted to rob Â£20 from an elderly man.
On Tuesday 25 November, a 69-year-old man was withdrawing Â£20 from a cash machine at a Tesco store on Earle Street in Newton-Le-Willows, when a man approached him and pointed out that heâ€™d dropped something from his pocket.
As the elderly man turned to pick up what heâ€™d dropped from the floor, the man took the cash that had been dispensed from the machine and made off.
The incident was witnessed by a few people. One good Samaritan chased the thief, who dropped the cash and ran off. He was arrested by police a short time later on suspicion of theft.
Inspector Ian Shuttleworth from St Helens North Neighbourhood policing team said: â€œThis type of crime that targets vulnerable members of our society is shameful and left this elderly gentleman very shaken. Itâ€™s thanks to our good spirited citizen that the cash was returned and those who witnessed the incident who helped identify the offender, that we have seen justice done today.
â€œIâ€™d also like to take this opportunity to remind people when withdrawing money from cash machines to be extra careful and aware of your surroundings.â€
Lee Murray aged 32-years-old from Newton-Le-Willows has been sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, given a benefit deduction order for Â£80 and a drug rehabilitation order.