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A brave thief was captured when he entered the house of a disabled 88-year-old man and took £ 5 from his wallet.
Dennis Birch sat in his wheelchair on the afternoon of July 10 and watched television in Leeds. The door was open because of the hot weather.
A thief enters the property of Dennis Birch, a wheelchair-bound 88-year-old, on Wednesday afternoon
Mr Birch had left the front door open due to the hot weather and the man walked in and greeted him
CCTV footage shows when a man enters the property after noticing the open door.
He speaks kindly to Mr. Birch as he sweeps the area in search of valuables.
While distracting Mr. Birch, the thief takes his wallet on the counter, searches it and leaves with a 5-pound note.
Mr. Birch did not even realize that the robbery had taken place, according to his son-in-law Paul Daley.
The 88-year-old family only suspected that something had happened when his caregiver called and said he saw the live video of an unknown man entering the property.
The thief appears to look around the room for items of value and sees a wallet left on the side
Mr. Birch’s family then went to his house to watch the movie.
Mr. Daley said, “I was so shocked when I looked at the pictures.
He turns around so Mr Birch is unable to see him rifling through the wallet before he takes a £5 note
The wallet is returned to the side and the thief leaves without Mr Birch noticing he had taken anythin
“You can hear what he says in CCTV, but it’s in another language and Dad does not understand it and wants him out.
“The guy uses a distraction and blocks his father’s eyes so he can get his wallet back without him seeing it.”
“It struck me because I was worried about him, and now I am even more so that he will come back or share his data with his other friends because my father is in a wheelchair and can not fight back. .
Police said they are investigating the incident and Mr Birch’s stepson Paul Daley said the incident has affected him
In a statement to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the police confirmed that she was investigating the burglary.