I am 73 years old and am suffering with congestive heart failure and am on a fixed income of barely over $900 a month. On Sept. 6, 2007, I had my wallet stolen at the customer service counter of a large grocery store in Astoria by a woman I am told was in her forties. She was approximately 170 pounds and approximately 5-foot, 5-inches tall. She had short blond hair and was wearing a black coat.

She stole the wallet from the top of the customer service counter right in front of two cashiers! What is this world coming to? If you can give any information to help this case, please contact the Astoria police sergeant.

I left my wallet at the customer service desk when the lady bumped into me at the customer service counter in view of the security camera (which is to the right and behind the counter). I went back to the counter and the two cashiers were still there but my wallet was gone. The clerk asked the assistant manager to go view the security tapes and he did. He came back and said he could not see where my wallet went.

The manager also viewed the security tapes. He came back and said a woman in a black coat picked up my wallet and left the store immediately. He said he could only see the back of the woman's head when the camera was to the right side and behind the customer service counter.

The manager informed me that they did not have a security camera for anyone entering or leaving the store and also no security cameras in the parking lot (bad idea).

An Astoria police sergeant was called and he came to make a report. He said he would try to get those tapes so they could try to get a mug profile on the lady, but the store manager had not turned those tapes over to the police in over two months.

I approached the manager around Nov. 20 and he informed me that after they viewed those tapes they burned them. That is out-and-out destroying evidence that might have helped in the investigation by the police. It is also against the law.

So if you are elderly and are absent-minded once in a while, don't expect any help in your favor from this grocery store's employees or management. And remember, there are no security cameras anywhere inside or outside of the store for your safety.

I lost more than $500 that was in my wallet. By the way, if you know of anyone who showed up with a silver coin, approximately the size of the old silver dollar (100,000,000 lyra) - this was in my wallet also. It has sentimental value to me. Please contact David Logsdon at the Astoria Police Department at 503-338-6411.

P.S. Fred Meyer in Warrenton has a very good security system. They can track you through the store and also out to the parking lot and get the license number of the vehicle that you leave in.

ROGER DISNEY

Long Beach

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