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CCTV Captures Man Stealing Food Meant For Pensioner During Coronavirus Pandemic

CCTV Captures Man Stealing Food Meant For Pensioner During Coronavirus Pandemic

Police are investigating after footage emerged of a masked man stealing a food delivery meant for an elderly man isolating from the deadly coronavirus.

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The thief, with his face covered by a grey mask and hood, can be seen walking up to Veronica and Vito Zarola's front door, in Swindon, before making off with milk, bread, and eggs that had been dropped off just 30 minutes earlier.

Veronica said the delivery had been left at 2am on Tuesday 14 April and she was horrified when she went to collect it just a few hours later and saw that it had gone.

The couple were distraught when they checked their security camera and saw the masked man making away with the delivery, which had been ordered for Veronica's elderly father, Bruno, who is isolating due to coronavirus.

Speaking about the callous crime, Veronica said she was devastated that someone would do something like this.

The masked man stole food meant for an elderly man who is isolation due to coronavirus. Credit: SWNS
The masked man stole food meant for an elderly man who is isolation due to coronavirus. Credit: SWNS
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She said: "It's a normal thing for us to check the CCTV first thing in the morning, which we did on the day it happened.

"We saw the milk, eggs, and bread had been delivered, so my husband Vito went to grab them and he came back and told me they weren't there.

"They came right up to my door, bold as brass, took the eggs and bread but left the milk.

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"I'm so angry because those eggs were for my dad Bruno, who is 83-years-old and lives on his own.

"He's self-isolating and he's a vulnerable person, so I'm really angry."

She added: "It does make you scared that in this current climate someone will come up to your door and take something.

"We called the police and they said we needed to let the company know this was happening because other people could be looking to take deliveries."

Police are now investigating the theft. Credit: SWNS
Police are now investigating the theft. Credit: SWNS

Veronica and Vito have now informed the delivery service, Dairy Home Team, which the couple have been using for the past five years, of the crime.

A spokeswoman for Wiltshire Police said: "We can confirm we've received the report and would urge residents to be vigilant.

"Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police on 101."

Earlier this month, a coronavirus hero who delivers food and medicines to elderly villagers burst into tears after vandals wrecked her car.

Helen Crouch, 41, has spent the last few weeks helping pensioners and vulnerable people who live in rural areas around Leicestershire, volunteering as a community responder.

But after she'd just taken a shepherd's pie to an elderly person on Sunday 29 March, she realised that all the tyres on her car had been punctured, she believes on purpose.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: UK News, Interesting, Coronavirus

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]