Woman (84) targeted by addict who tried to steal her bag in town centre




An 84-year-old woman suffering from dementia was targeted in the street by a drug addict who tried to steal her handbag. 

The pensioner was shopping with her daughter in the centre of Dunfermline when Rachel Stewart pulled at her bag. 

Stewart had stopped the woman asking for the time and then for change before trying to rob her. 

Stewart has now been jailed for spate of crime which also included stealing a charity collection box from a Dunfermline bowling club. 

She also assaulted staff at a shop after she had been caught shoplifting.  

Stewart (39), of Adamson Crescent, Dunfermline, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court for sentencing after previously admitting her crime spree. 

On 11th September at Carnegie Leisure Centre, she stole a swimming costume. 

On 6th November at Mountain Warehouse, High Street, she stole a quantity of clothing. 

She then assaulted a male employee by pushing him on the body. 

Stewart also assaulted a female employee and attempted to scratch her on the head with a rucksack. 

On 7th November at Marks and Spencer, High Street, she stole a quantity of watches. 

On 13th April at East Port, Dunfermline, she attempted to rob a woman by pulling at her handbag and attempted to steal it. 

On the same day, at Dunfermline police station she was in possession in diamorphine. 

On 10th June at Arthur Street, she entered three insecure cars and stole items including sunglasses, a mobile phone and money. 

Between 6th June and 7th June, at Robertson Road, she entered an insecure car and stole a bank card and MOT certificate. 

On 7th June at Asda, Halbeath Retail Park, the Co-op, Robertson Road and other premises she fraudulently obtained goods using a debit card which was not her own and also attempted to obtain other goods with it. 

On 15th June at Headwell Bowling Club, Shamrock Street, she stole a charity collection box. 

Sheriff James MacDonald said of the attempted robbery on the elderly woman, “On any view this was a despicable offence.” 

He jailed Stewart for a total of 12 months.


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  1. Joan whyte says:

    Ffs a year …. she will be out in a few months time …. she should have got a year just for trying to rob the old dear 🤬….. then another year added on for the rest

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