Disgusted police officers today released CCTV images of a man believed to have stolen a pushbike from a vulnerable pensioner while he had a blood test at a city clinic.
Police have described the incident as “unfortunate” and are appealing to readers for information about the theft.
The thief struck outside the Saul Street Clinic, close to Preston Crown Court, as the 79-year-old victim attended a medical appointment.
The frail pensioner, who lives in Ashton, Preston, has told police the cycle was his only way of getting around the city.
He does not have a telephone and it is understood concerned staff at the Lancashire Care Trust clinic telephoned police for him.
The bike, which was left propped up outside the clinic, was stolen on September 11 in the morning.
It is described as a silver and blue men’s mountain bike with a 20 inch frame.
Shocked staff at the clinic trawled through CCTV and found footage of a man riding off on the bike, who police now want to speak to.
Insp Kevin Evans, of Preston Police, said: “This is an unfortunate crime.
“The victim relies on his bike to get about and maintain his independence.
He added: “I would urge anyone that recognises the offender to contact Preston Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
The suspect wore a black hooded top. He had short dark hair and is white.
The suspect was caught on film loitering close to the clinic, before climbing onto the push bike.
He wore dark trousers with a wide white stripe down the leg.
It is thought he also wore white trainers. Last year the Evening Post reported how a bike thief struck at the Royal Preston Hospital.