Thief steals war veteran's walking stick
A THIEF stole a war veteran's walking stick as he shopped in a supermarket.
Richard Grundy, who was formerly in the Parachute Regiment, was shopping at Kwik Save in Market Street, Little Lever, when someone snatched his NHS walking stick.
Mr Grundy only realised it was missing when he got back to his car with his shopping.
He had balanced his stick against the till while he was packing his shopping and presumed it would still be there.
But when he went back to get it he was horrified to learn it had been stolen.
Mr Grundy, aged 83, turned detective and asked for CCTV footage to be reviewed.
After scouring through footage, police have now pinpointed a man they believe is responsible for the crime.
Mr Grundy, from Little Lever, said: “It is despicable because the thief will have known I was a pensioner and I really need a walking stick.
"I have just started using one around three months ago. I am disabled and I can’t walk far at all.
“I have absolutely no idea what the man would get out of stealing a walking stick. Perhaps he took a dislike to me in the shop. I think he must have been keeping an eye on me.”
Mr Grundy, a retired engineer and teacher, said the walking stick is a standard NHS stick with a brown cane and a bent handle with a large rubber stop on the bottom. He said the only thing distinctive about it is its length as he is a tall man.
He added: “I am disgusted about what has happened but it has perked up my memory up a bit. I have got to look after myself. I just want the man to feel ashamed, especially if someone recognises him from the CCTV picture.”
Mr Grundy recalled the suspect’s description as he said he thought he was “cheeky” as he seemed to be chatting up the shop assistant.
The man wanted for the theft, whic took place on July 13 at 6.30pm, is described as white, aged in his 30s, with dark short hair which is receding at the front. He was wearing a blue Converse T-shirt.
Insp Chris Evans, from Bolton South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We have identified someone from CCTV and if anybody knows anything about this crime I would encourage them to come forward. We need people to get in touch.”
People with information can call police on 0161 8565599.
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