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'I hoped it was just a dream,' says Orpington pensioner, 96, after supermarket handbag theft

PUBLISHED: 17:31 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 02 March 2016

Joanne Diaz

Joanne Diaz

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Joanne Diaz was mugged at the store on Homefield Rise

An Orpington pensioner who had her handbag stolen at a supermarket on Tuesday, says she is ‘devastated’.

Joanne Diaz, who celebrated her 96th birthday just days ago, was doing her weekly shop at the Sainsbury’s store on Homefield Rise when a fellow shopper offered to help her.

After bending over to pick up a banana that she had dropped, she looked in her shopping trolley to find that her handbag - filled with cash, cards, keys and a number of sentimental items - had gone.

“I was devastated, really upset because I keep my life in that bag.

“It sounds silly but I really hoped I would just wake up and find that it was a nasty dream.

“The hangbag was buried in the trolley beneath a bag of Wotsits, so I thought it was safe.”

However, Mrs Diaz, a former actress and choreographer, insists she won’t let the incident get her down.

“I already feel a lot better,” she said.

“My son came round that evening and he’d bought me a lovely new handbag which was very thoughtful of him.

“The staff at Sainsbury’s all know me and they’re so good, they phoned the police and told them everything that happened.”

Sainsbury’s confirmed that Mrs Diaz had been offered her shopping free of charge, and a spokesperson for the supermarket said: “We’re working with the police to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

A police spokesperson confirmed that no arrests have been made following the incident.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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