Big Issue seller steals £50 from blind woman in Sutton High Street

Sutton Guardian: Razvan Dumitru Razvan Dumitru

A Big Issue seller who swiped £50 from a blind woman's purse was arrested after shocked good Samaritans apprehended him.

Despite not being able to read, the woman would regularly give money to 22-year-old Big Issue seller Razvan Dumitru outside Morrison's in Sutton High Street.

The woman, 66, was feeling for a £1 coin to give the man when he took his opportunity to steal £50 from her purse at 10.30am on Saturday.

A mum who was passing with her two children saw what happened and told the victim her money had been stolen. The blind woman felt the front pocket of her purse and realised several £10 notes were missing.

A passing man saw the woman was distressed, found out what had happened and asked the Big Issue seller to give the money back.

Sutton Guardian:

Morrison's in Sutton High Street

The thief denied taking the money and tried to leave but the man grabbed him and held him until security staff from Morrison's and police officers, including an off duty sergeant and special constable who were nearby, arrived.

A search revealed £50 in £10 notes hidden in the pages of a Big Issue magazine in Dumitru's bag and £23 in his pocket.

He was arrested on suspicion of theft and charged later that day. He admitted the offence in front of Croydon magistrates on Monday and has been remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

The victim told police she was "over the moon" with the actions of shoppers and the police and said she would regularly give money to the Dumitru and recognised him by his distinctive sales calls but always politely declined the magazine as she could not read it.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Lee Blunden said: "At this time of festive cheer and goodwill, it’s hard to imagine a less charitable act than stealing from a blind person.

We would like to thank those members of the public who came forward to help this victim."

 

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4:15pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Leonsm says...

Scum
Scum Leonsm

4:27pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Sutton53 says...

This is just horrible What would have happened if passersby hadn't witnessed the incident and stepped up to intervene? I just wonder how often the 'Big Issue' seller has been stealing from vulnerable people? What made this 'man' think he had the right to just grab money in broad daylight?
What sort of mindset does he possess? He obviously has no morals!
This is just horrible What would have happened if passersby hadn't witnessed the incident and stepped up to intervene? I just wonder how often the 'Big Issue' seller has been stealing from vulnerable people? What made this 'man' think he had the right to just grab money in broad daylight? What sort of mindset does he possess? He obviously has no morals! Sutton53

5:00pm Tue 3 Dec 13

AlexTB says...

My Mum saw the blind woman sat on a chair just outside and others were shouting at the Big Issue seller.

Pure SCUM!
My Mum saw the blind woman sat on a chair just outside and others were shouting at the Big Issue seller. Pure SCUM! AlexTB

5:34pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Liberals are deluded says...

Absolutely despicable .... All roma gypsys need to be rounded up and deported. The vermin take everything but give nothing!!! Any lefty paedo weirdo supporter want to argue with me???
Absolutely despicable .... All roma gypsys need to be rounded up and deported. The vermin take everything but give nothing!!! Any lefty paedo weirdo supporter want to argue with me??? Liberals are deluded

9:04pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Tubby Jim says...

practically all the Big Issue sellers In see these days are Romanian gypsies
practically all the Big Issue sellers In see these days are Romanian gypsies Tubby Jim

8:35am Wed 4 Dec 13

bellboy007 says...

Yep. Romanian no doubt, if it's not bolted down, they'll have it. And thanks to our wonderful EU laws come the start of the year the restrictions are lifted for them and Bulgaria - expect this sort of crime and others similar to sky rocket. Merry xmas everyone!
Yep. Romanian no doubt, if it's not bolted down, they'll have it. And thanks to our wonderful EU laws come the start of the year the restrictions are lifted for them and Bulgaria - expect this sort of crime and others similar to sky rocket. Merry xmas everyone! bellboy007

11:34am Wed 4 Dec 13

emelem says...

i can be sometimes be categorized as a "lefty" and a "weirdo" but i definitely don't think people should be stealing from the blind!!!! is this the same guy who has been outside morrison's for *years* now? shouldn't he have gotten his act together by now? i mean, that is the purpose behind selling the big issue. of course, maybe he had no problem to begin with, who knows.... shame on him! people never cease to sicken me at least once a day :(
i can be sometimes be categorized as a "lefty" and a "weirdo" but i definitely don't think people should be stealing from the blind!!!! is this the same guy who has been outside morrison's for *years* now? shouldn't he have gotten his act together by now? i mean, that is the purpose behind selling the big issue. of course, maybe he had no problem to begin with, who knows.... shame on him! people never cease to sicken me at least once a day :( emelem

5:24pm Wed 4 Dec 13

whysaythat says...

You really can't get much lower than stealing from a blind person. Utter scum, I don't care what nationality this piece of scum is, needs hanging!!
You really can't get much lower than stealing from a blind person. Utter scum, I don't care what nationality this piece of scum is, needs hanging!! whysaythat

6:30pm Wed 4 Dec 13

AlexTB says...

emelem wrote:
i can be sometimes be categorized as a "lefty" and a "weirdo" but i definitely don't think people should be stealing from the blind!!!! is this the same guy who has been outside morrison's for *years* now? shouldn't he have gotten his act together by now? i mean, that is the purpose behind selling the big issue. of course, maybe he had no problem to begin with, who knows.... shame on him! people never cease to sicken me at least once a day :(
Yes, he is the one who has been selling them for years outside Morrisons.
[quote][p][bold]emelem[/bold] wrote: i can be sometimes be categorized as a "lefty" and a "weirdo" but i definitely don't think people should be stealing from the blind!!!! is this the same guy who has been outside morrison's for *years* now? shouldn't he have gotten his act together by now? i mean, that is the purpose behind selling the big issue. of course, maybe he had no problem to begin with, who knows.... shame on him! people never cease to sicken me at least once a day :([/p][/quote]Yes, he is the one who has been selling them for years outside Morrisons. AlexTB

10:06am Thu 5 Dec 13

emelem says...

sad!!! i now wish i hadn't bought one from him, all those years ago...
sad!!! i now wish i hadn't bought one from him, all those years ago... emelem

10:50pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Liberals are deluded says...

These are the imported special trades people which our government tell us we so urgently need. !!! These rats will do the work that so called lazy Brits won't do! Vote for the ConDem or Liebour UK plc parties for more of this madness.
These are the imported special trades people which our government tell us we so urgently need. !!! These rats will do the work that so called lazy Brits won't do! Vote for the ConDem or Liebour UK plc parties for more of this madness. Liberals are deluded

1:15pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Anna Mosity says...

This story has really upset me. I know the lady in question as I acted as her 'personal shopper' when she came into the shop where I used to work in Sutton. She is the most loveliest, kindest and trusting person you could ever wish to meet and I'm truly saddened by this despicable act. It's probably a good job that I no longer live in the borough, as I'd probably be liable to assault charges if I met this evil git!
This story has really upset me. I know the lady in question as I acted as her 'personal shopper' when she came into the shop where I used to work in Sutton. She is the most loveliest, kindest and trusting person you could ever wish to meet and I'm truly saddened by this despicable act. It's probably a good job that I no longer live in the borough, as I'd probably be liable to assault charges if I met this evil git! Anna Mosity

1:49pm Sat 7 Dec 13

AlexTB says...

My Mother showed me the more in depth story about Mr Dumitru in the Daily Mail newspaper on page 21.
My Mother showed me the more in depth story about Mr Dumitru in the Daily Mail newspaper on page 21. AlexTB

9:53am Sun 8 Dec 13

LiberalsOut says...

There is more to this than we have been told so far
He has robbed this lady once before !!!!

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2518127/Big-Issue-se
ller-stole-50-BLIND-
pensioner.html
There is more to this than we have been told so far He has robbed this lady once before !!!! http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2518127/Big-Issue-se ller-stole-50-BLIND- pensioner.html LiberalsOut

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