04:42AM, Thursday 26 April 2012
A pensioner was robbed while she slept in Maidenhead Library on Tuesday.
The 69-year-old woman, on a shopping trip from Runnymede, had her handbag stolen containing a mobile phone, a small amount of cash, a debit card and cosmetics.
The theft happened after she had dropped off to sleep while reading a newspaper on the first floor near a coffee machine.
She said: “It was hot in there and I only nodded off for a couple of minutes. I am a very light sleeper and the thief must be very skilled at stealing from people.
"The bag was on the seat and leaning against my thigh. I am very upset because you do not think you will be robbed in a library in broad daylight.”
She said the black leather bag, worth £45, was a Christmas present. There is no CCTV in the library.
Investigating officer is PC Graham Knight. Call police on 101 with information.
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