Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:10 a.m.
On April 12, a 97-year-old woman was out with her 85-year-old sister, doing what old folks do. Police didn't say what they were doing, exactly -- probably drinking milk shakes and talking about Herbert Hoover or how crazy air travel is or whatever people talk about when they're pretty much made of dust.
In any case, around 4:30 p.m. they were wafting themselves toward a bus at the Publix Shopping Center at 9886 Glades Road in Boca Raton when, according to police, the man pictured at right ran up from behind, grabbed one of their purses, and fled. One of the women was knocked out of her wheelchair, and the other, pushing her, fell over too.
The police statement doesn't say which one was in the wheelchair, but the bottom line is that both of them ended up on the ground and one of them had to be swept up off the sidewalk and taken to the hospital with two broken ribs.
Luckily, there are clues. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says the perpetrator was inside the Publix before the crime, and they've released pictures of him in the store... riding a scooter. If you recognize this man, this sticky-fingered scootrobber, police ask that you call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-458-TIPS.