Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Purse Thief Caught on CCTV Is Jailed

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Purse Thief Caught on CCTV Is Jailed

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Byline: TONI GUILLOT toni.guillot@trinitymirror.com @ToniGuillot89

A THIEF caught on CCTV as he stole an elderly woman's purse in a supermarket has been jailed.

Brian Douglas Kerr, 54, was caught dipping his hand into his victim's bag while she was shopping in Iceland in Billingham on December 23. It is the second time the crook has been jailed for stealing a pensioner's purse.

The footage, captured on the town centre store's CCTV was uploaded to Facebook in a bid to catch him, and soon went viral.

It wasn't until the victim went to pay for her shopping that she realised her purse was missing.

As a gesture of goodwill, the store offered to pay for the goods and had them delivered to the woman's address for free.

Staff then decided to check the CCTV and discovered the sickening act. Scott Ryan, the shop supervisor, said: "This person is absolutely scum of the earth. To do this to anyone at any time of the year is bad enough, but so close to Christmas is just disgusting.

"I managed to contact the lady once we had looked through the CCTV and she was OK. …

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