A woman is wanted by police in connection with the theft of a 91-year-old dementia patient’s purse as she lay in hospital.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary has issued an appeal to track down June Weatherman, 54.
The force said dementia-sufferer Mary Banks’ son realised four days after her death that money and her bank card were missing.
The 91-year-old was a patient at Peterborough City Hospital when she was robbed in September.
Her bank card was then used to fraudulently pay for groceries and clothes, as well as withdrawing cash, and was reported stolen on October 12.
Heartbroken son Jim Banks said: “My mother was 91 years old, suffering from dementia, was immobile and had severe breathing problems when her purse was stolen as she lay in bed at Peterborough City Hospital.
“She would have been completely unaware of where she was let alone that she was being robbed by a despicable and immoral individual who has preyed on the sick and vulnerable.
“She died within four weeks of being robbed.
“It defies belief that anybody could stoop so low and I am appealing for the public’s help in catching whoever is responsible so that no other family has to face a similar heartache.”
Releasing CCTV of the Ms Weatherman, PC Lewis Busby said: “I would urge anyone with information about this crime to contact us or who thinks they know the woman in the CCTV.
“My thoughts go with the family who are dealing with the loss of their loved one and now have to deal with this alongside it.”