Theft Victim Speaks Out after Thief Steals Wallet During Fainting Spell

Natalie Potts

JACKSON, Tenn.- The elderly man victimized after he fell ill at a south Jackson Food Giant said he was weak during the theft because he had just completed kidney dialysis.

Jimmie Stewart, 78, told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that he had just left his doctors office before stopping to get groceries at the Food Giant in south Jackson, Friday. Police said while Stewart was attempting to check out with the cashier, he became ill and fell in the check out line.

The surveillance video in the store shows Mr. Stewart become ill and accidentally drop his billfold in the aisle. It then shows a black man wearing a a brown coat step up behind him, put his foot over the wallet and slide it towards him to pick it up. Police said the suspect took the wallet then checked out in another line.

"Yes, I started sweating I felt like I got kind of weak and so I laid over the counter to get myself together," said theft victim Jimmie Stewart.

Stewart said the suspect standing behind him asked him if he was okay before bending down to steal his wallet.

"He saw me getting kind of weak, he asked me 'how you feeling?', I didn't pay no attention to who he was I just said 'I'm okay'," said Stewart.

Officers said the thief got away with more than $1,300 in cash, including the victim's drivers license and important medical documentation for Stewart and his sick wife.

"How could somebody do that, stand right behind you, kick your wallet to the side and pick it up. It doesn't make sense to me," said Jimmie Stewart Jr., victim's son.

The victim told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News the only reason he was carrying that amount of cash was to pay bills before going home.

"It hurts, this means I ain't got the money to go grocery shopping or nothing with you know," said Stewart. "I lost the money and there ain't nothing I can do about it."

"We are trying to deal with it but it still hurts, regardless. Anyway, we try it's still going to hurt," said Stewart Jr.

Police said they believe other people talked with the thief inside of the Food Giant. If you have any information or recognize the suspect from the surveillance video call Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-TIPS (8477).


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