Elderly man robbed outside Safeway in the Watergate

An elderly man was robbed of $800 outside the Safeway supermarket in the Watergate Complex last week after he left the store with his groceries.

The 87-year-old told Metropolitan Police that he had been coming up on the escalator that connects the lower level of the complex, where several shops are located, when the incident occurred. According to the report, he was on the escalator with bags in each of his hands when the man in front of him “stopped, abruptly blocking the exit of the escalator and said that he had dropped his watch and needed to look for it.”

The victim told the man to move, but ran into him at the top of the escalator because there was no room to go around him. The victim was knocked backwards onto a second man who was riding the escalator behind him. The second man helped steady him and then quickly left the area, walking west on Virginia Avenue, according to the report.

The victim realized later that his alligator skin wallet had been stolen from his left front pocket where he had put it after he paid for his groceries. Three credit cards, $800 in cash and a drivers license were reported missing.

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