Frail Elizabeth Taylor – who during the Second World War served with the Women’s Land Army and worked as a welder on the building of warships – had just withdrawn £300 from the Clydesdale Bank in Stirling.
She was targeted less than 100 yards from the bank when she placed her handbag in a shopping container on her three-wheeled frame when she went in to a Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland charity shop.
She next visited a branch of Edinburgh Woollen Mill where she noticed the bag was missing and staff there contacted police.
Elizabeth, who had a further £50 in her stolen purse, said: “I put the money from the bank in to the walking frame, which I use for assistance because I’m nearly 95 years old.
When I looked for my bag in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill it was gone.