HEARTLESS thieves robbed a woman who had passed out at a bus shelter.
A number of people came to help the 70-year-old woman who has collapsed at the Meeting House Lane shelter, but a couple stole her purse from a canvas shopping bag while she was unconscious.
The theft was not discovered until some time later, when the woman was in hospital. By then, her credit card had been used to put £50 credit on a mobile phone, and there was an attempt to get cash at a bank in Christchurch High Street.
CCTV shows a man and a woman with the shopping bag. Both appear to be in their early to mid-twenties. The man is of medium build and wearing a dark hooded top with an orange or gold motif across the front. He wore jeans and white trainers.
The woman has blonde shoulder-length hair and is of medium build. She wore a dark jacket and carried a black and white stripped umbrella.
PC Tom Neale said: "This is an opportunist and, frankly, despicable act. It happened at a busy bus station, and a number of people came to the woman's aid.
"Unfortunately, someone has taken advantage of the situation to steal from the unwell woman. They have taken the purse from her bag and left, not caring what happened to her," PC Neale said.
"I am appealing to the person or people who carried out this crime to hand themselves in."
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Neale at Ringwood police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.