A man has been jailed for snatching £200 at a cashpoint in Mansfield from a 74-year-old woman who later had a heart attack.
A judge told Andrew Hauck (21) it was a ‘despicable’ offence.
Judge Michael Stokes, the Recorder of Nottingham, said: “I’ve no doubt you targeted this elderly and vulnerable woman as she withdrew money from an atm.
“The courts will simply not tolerate this sort of conduct from anybody.”
Hauck, of St. Lawrence Court, Mansfield, admitted theft and was jailed for two years and three months last Thursday.
He was in breach of a community order for shoplifting.
He was caught on CCTV snatching the £200 as his victim was putting it into her purse at 11.15 am. on 4th February outside Lloyds TSB on Church Street.
A number of witnesses gave chase but failed to catch him, said Sue Matthews, prosecuting at Nottingham Crown Court.
The victim later told police she felt sick and became unwell in bed that night. She had a heart attack and later underwent a double heart by-pass operation. She had a heart condition.
She said she felt she no longer wanted to go into town.
Hauck was arrested four days later with £130 on him. Some of the clothing he had been wearing was recovered.
He was originally charged with robbery but it was reduced to theft because no force had been used.
The court heard the bank had reimbursed the victim.
Hauck’s barrister Steven Taylor said the offence was not pre-meditated.
Hauck had grown up in care homes. He was on benefits and found it hard to budget. A couple of his shoplifting offences had involved taking food.