Lewiston woman, 80, says thief took wallet from her walker

Posted Aug. 04, 2010, at 9:55 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — An 80-year-old Maine woman says a young thief walked into the Lewiston housing complex where she lives and stole her wallet, which was on her walker.

Edith Ryder told police she was in the hallway of the Oak Street housing complex for the elderly on Tuesday when a man in his 20s approached, asked how she was doing and then took the wallet from the shelf on her walker. The Lewiston Sun Journal says the wallet contained $40 in cash, an ATM card and other papers.

Police are trying to determine how the thief got into the secured building.

Ryder says it’s the second time she’s been robbed. The last time was about 10 years ago when she was pushed to the sidewalk and someone stole her purse.

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