Grandmother holds no grudges after man steals purse - WSMV News 4

Grandmother holds no grudges after man steals purse

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A woman with disabilities said she couldn't fight off the man who stole her purse, even if she wanted to.

The victim simply canceled her credit cards and is managing to do without the few dollars that were stolen, but her friends are furious that a thief took advantage of the woman and hope the thief sees change in his life.

Rose Hoak is a loving grandmother, but her scars tell a much more difficult story.

Five years ago, Hoak was badly mauled by a dog, and both her arms were torn from her body.

It took 21 surgeries to reattach them, and steel rods now keep what is left of her arms in place.

She has limited use of her limbs, but she holds no bitter feelings.

"I just count it all joy. This is the season of forgiveness," Hoak said.

That is why it was so troubling for friends when a thief took advantage of this grandmother's disability.

Recently, Hoak was buying two cups of coffee from a convenience store.

"I had put my change purse under my arm to hold it, because I had to press the coffee cups together. I don't have enough grip with both hands," she said.

At one point, the coin purse fell away.

A man saw it, snatched it up and ran from the store.

Hoak said the thief got away with $12, some loose change and a few credit cards.

"Whoever felt he had to do that had to be desperate and needed the money more than me. Then if that money helped them, I was OK with it," she said.

Hoak spends most of her time babysitting her grandson, Carter, and granddaughter, Katelyn.

She said she is looking forward to the hope that is the Christmas season and simply wishes the same for the man who stole her purse.

"That would be one thing I want to say to that person, so desperate - there is hope for a better tomorrow, and hopefully he'll have a better tomorrow," Hoak said.

After the theft, Hoak never called police. In fact, two police officers were just leaving that same convenience store and later apologized to the woman because the thief walked right past them.

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