Disabled woman devastated after young girl ‘egged on by mum’ steals from her

This is the shocking moment a young child stole property from outside the house of a disabled woman – after appearing to be egged on by her mum.

The footage – taken in Stoke-on-Trent – shows the girl walking up to the front drive of Dawn Walton’s home.

She starts rifling through an item on the fence, before removing some sort of elastic strip.

The youngster then runs to a woman at the top of a screen, who is pushing a pram.

Moments later, she returns to the drive to pinch the cover for Dawn’s mobility scooter and runs off.

Dawn, 61, was out at a dental appointment when the incident happened on November 3.

When she returned, she was devastated to see her £30 cover missing.

“I’ve got fencing at the front and what I did was weave the cover in and out of the fence to secure it,” she told the Stoke Sentinel. “Then when I came back I thought where has my cover gone?

“It started pouring with rain and I had to rush around trying to find something to cover my scooter up with because they don’t deal with the weather. If water gets in the electrics then it doesn’t do it any good.

“I managed to get a cover on and then I thought I’d pull my CCTV footage up and find out if it had blown away.”

Dawn said it appeared that the girl, who she claimed was seven years old, had been “egged on” by her mum pushing the pram.

“The girl came down and must have caught sight of the elastic,” she continued. “She was trying to attract the attention of her mother to say do you want this as well?

“She then ran up the car park waving this elastic about. Her mother took the elastic off her and put it underneath the pram. She sent her back down to get the cover and off they toddled with the cover.”

The woman called the mum’s supposed actions were “appalling”, adding that she was “devastated because she sent the child down to pinch things”.

Staffordshire Police say they are investigating the incident.

A police spokesman said: "A scooter cover worth approximately £30 was stolen from a car park on Cobridge Road."

Witnesses should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 291 of November 3.

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