Fear of the economic consequences of the corona crisis has literally cost a 52-year-old woman from Hamburg. After withdrawing all her savings from the bank, a bag snatcher took off with the $54,000.
According to the police, it is rare for such a large sum to be taken from a handbag robbery. It is still unclear whether it was a fluke or whether the woman was being monitored.
“At least there are no indications that she was the victim of a trick,” said a police spokesperson to German media.
The incident took place last Thursday afternoon in front of a bank branch in the center of Eimsbüttel, one of the seven districts of Hamburg.
According to the evening paper Hamburger Abendblatt, the woman had taken her savings from the bank for fear that the consequences of the corona crisis would bankrupt her bank.
When she walked to her car between 14.30 and 15.00 hours with the collected savings, a cyclist grabbed the bag out of her hands and disappeared. According to the police, the victim described the perpetrator as a man of about 35, 40 in blue jeans, a bomber jacket, and a blue baseball cap. He was riding a mountain bike.