Hundreds of dollars worth of purchases made
HUDSON, Mass. —Police are searching for two women who robbed an 81-year-old handicapped woman outside Petco Thursday night and used her credit card to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise at Walmart, the MetroWest Daily News reported.
As the elderly woman placed the items she bought at the Washington Street pet shop in the back of her car around 6:45 p.m., another woman approached and made small talk, asking her how her holidays have been.
The suspect then lunged at the elderly victim, shoved her to the ground, stole her pocketbook and ran toward Giasson Street, said Police Chief David Stephens.
“I hate this type of crime,” said Stephens. “The victim is defenseless. It irritates me to no end.”
A bystander saw the robbery and chased the thief down Washington Street, Stephen said. The fleeing suspect jumped into a car driven by a second woman and headed toward Walmart, said Stephens.
The witness gave police a description of the clothes the attacker wore, said Stephens.
The elderly victim suffered a hip injury and some bruises and was taken to Marlborough Hospital for treatment, said Stephens.
After attacking and robbing the victim, the two suspects went to the Washington Street Walmart, where they purchased several items, including a TV. Stephens was unsure exactly how much money the two women spent, but estimated it was in the hundreds.
“They went to Walmart right after,” said Stephens. “They spent quite a bit of money.”
Using the description of what the suspect was wearing when she attacked the victim, police were able to capture photos of the two women from Walmart’s surveillance cameras, said Stephens.
“We have two suspects presently in mind,” said Stephens.
The suspects are likely to face charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery on a person 65 and older at a minimum, said Stephens.
“We’re presently trying to apprehend them and get them off the street,” said Stephens.