Walking stick thief says 'sorry' to war veteran for drunken prank
9:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A SHAMEFACED thief who stole a war veteran’s walking stick has told police of his regret at the “drunken prank”.
Mr Grundy, aged 83, who was formerly in the Parachute Regiment, was disgusted to find his NHS walking stick had been stolen after he left it resting against a counter in Kwik Save in Market Street, Little Lever, in July.
He turned detective and asked for CCTV in the store to be reviewed. Police viewed CCTV and saw a man take the walking stick from where Mr Grundy had left it accidentally as he carried his shopping to the car.
PC Trish Shepherd contacted Mr Grundy earlier this week while the man was at the police station in Church Street and asked him how he would like his walking stick thief to be dealt with.
The pensioner heard how the man took the walking stick as a “prank” when he was drunk and was very remorseful.
He agreed with police that restorative justice was the appropriate way forward.
Restorative justice involves the victim and the criminal focusing on their needs, as well as the needs of the community.
It involves the victim telling the perpetrator how the crime impacted them.
The two often meet face-to-face in the presence of police.
A police spokesman said: “The man expressed his deep regret to Mr Grundy via PC Shepherd, the investigating, officer. The officer was able to explain how Mr Grundy had been impacted by the crime. The man genuinely took what Mr Grundy said on board.”
Mr Grundy said he was pleased the matter had been taken seriously by police and felt the thief had learned his lesson.
He added: “I was pleased that the young fella owned up to it. He had been at a barbecue and got drunk.
“He doesn’t know what happened to the walking stick. I have closure now and I hope it will help the man to mature.
“I think he was pretty remorseful. He phoned the police and confessed to it. He was drunk on the day it happened.”
The man also said he would buy a new stick, however Mr Grundy declined the offer.
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