THESE CCTV images show the dramatic moments a robber snatched the takings from a store manager as she walked to the bank - Plymouth UK.
Police say the crook may have tailed the victim as she left her store in Plymouth at around 11.20am on Monday 27th Nov 2010.
As she was about to cross the junction of Belgrave Road, he grabbed at the bag – which police said contained a four-figure sum – and pushed her to the ground.
The woman – who is in her fifties – told the local newspaper she cried out "Help me, help me, I'm being robbed". In response a member of the public chased after the robber. He headed south up Mutley Plain, turned into Ford Park Road and then Trematon Terrace where he jumped into the back of a red car which immediately sped off.
Half way across the crossing she looks up the row of traffic to check for police.
As she steps off the crossing she changes the bag from the right hand to the left to signal the all clear and prepare for the snatch.
As she approaches the thief she looks away from him but in the direction that he will get away.
She slows her pace as she approaches the thief pretending not to notice him coming.
He snatches/is handed the bag and she falls to the ground in order distract anyone from chasing the mugger and to cause confusion to witnesses (and maybe get a bit of compensation?).
The two main things that convince me that this is a setup is her slowing pace just before the snatch, and that I cannot see him doing anything that would cause her to fall.
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