THIEVES pounced to steal thousands of pounds of takings from an elderly businessman in broad daylight.
Two men are said to have stolen money from the 86-year-old victim in Haddon Road in Grangetown, just after midday yesterday.
The victim is believed to have just left his car to go and pay in money at the post office in Stockton Terrace, when he was approached by a man who snatched his bag containing the cash.
He then made off in a getaway car, where an accomplice was waiting with the engine running.
The man was taken to hospital suffering from shock, but was later released. His light blue Mercedes was towed away by police.
The police helicopter was scrambled, and officers investigating the robbery have been asking neighbouring businesses for their CCTV footage.
One woman who works in a shop just doors from the post office, said: “The police came and told us that he had been going to deposit money and the robbers then took it off him.
“Apparently, he’s been taken to hospital because he’s suffering from shock.”
A man whose business is in Ryhope Road, said: “The police came asking if we had any CCTV, so they are obviously doing the doors to see if people have some footage.
“But I didn’t see anything about it at the time, although I was wondering what was going on with the police cars about.”
Detectives are now appealing for any witnesses to the crime to come forward.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At 12.09pm on Monday we received a report that a man had been robbed in Haddon Road in Sunderland.
“The offenders have taken a large amount of cash.
The getaway car is believed to be a small black or dark coloured vehicle, possibly a Renault.
The man who grabbed the bag is described as being white, around 18 to 22 years old, 5ft 3ins to 5ft 4ins tall and of proportionate build. He had a slightly tanned face and was clean shaven with chubby cheeks.
He was wearing a black wool hat which had two white stripes around the bottom, a plain black jacket, black bottoms and trainers.
“Inquiries are currently ongoing and we have a number of officers in the area, and are appealing for anyone who was in Haddon Road and who witnessed anything to contact us as soon as possible on the non-emergency 101 line.”