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Somerville police help elderly woman who was robbed

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) -

A Somerville woman is cashing in after a cruel crime and it’s all thanks to the police department.

Officers and civilian workers at the Somerville Police Department collected $1,800 for a victim of a brazen crime. The elderly woman was robbed of her Social Security money at a supermarket.

“I immediately responded to Shaw's and found an elderly woman standing there crying, extremely distraught,” Detective Katie McDaid said.

It all happened at this store on July 4th. Somerville police say a man walked in, saw the woman counting $710 then grabbed the money and ran. Bystanders chased after him but he got away.

Police officer Bob Hickey donated $100, and emailed his fellow officers to give from their hearts.

“I got inundated with emails all weekend from my coworkers stating that they'd be glad to donate,” McDaid said.

Somerville police will hand their collection of $1,800 to the woman Wednesday.  

“She's appreciative. I called her yesterday and told her we collected some money and I could hear her crying on the phone. She was just amazed at the generosity of everybody,” McDaid said.

Anyone with information from the robbery is asked to call the Somerville Police Department at (617) 625-1600.

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