Thief returns money to the 100-year-old tourist William White they pick-pocketed in Gloucester

Thief returns money to the 100-year-old tourist they pick-pocketed in Gloucester
William White outside Gloucester Cathedral (Picture: SWNS)

An 100-year-old tourist who had £1,400 stolen from him while visiting Gloucester had the money returned to him by the thief.

Centenarian William White, from Arizona, had his bum-bag snatched from him while exiting a bus in the Cathedral city recently.

However before he left to go home the thief had an apparent crisis of conscience and returned the money to Mr White.

While the elderly tourist hasn’t revealed who the thief was, he son Anthony who he was travelling with said: ‘I believe whenever anything is taken and returned, that person should be completely anonymous.

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American tourist William White pictured outside Gloucester Cathedral on his trip to the UK. See SWNS story SWMONEY; A 100-year-old America who was mugged on a trip to the British town where he was born has thanked the thief - after he later returned all the money. Tourist William White was visiting the UK with his son when the cash was snatched from a bum-bag he was wearing around his waist. He had stepped off a bus and slipped over and he was helped up by a passer-by - who then nicked around £1,400 (pounds). The devastated holidaymaker reported the incident to police who began investigating an incident of pick pocketing.
(Picture: SWNS)

‘Everything is fine. You don’t want to punish a person. That would not be necessary. The nice thing was, dad ended up with his money back.’

Mr White was born in Gloucester in 1914 and wanted to visit the city again before he died.

He moved to Canada in 1948 before finally settling in Arizona where he ran a successful aviation business, making him a very wealthy man.

American tourist William White pictured with his son Anthony. See SWNS story SWMONEY; A 100-year-old America who was mugged on a trip to the British town where he was born has thanked the thief - after he later returned all the money. Tourist William White was visiting the UK with his son when the cash was snatched from a bum-bag he was wearing around his waist. He had stepped off a bus and slipped over and he was helped up by a passer-by - who then nicked around £1,400 (pounds). The devastated holidaymaker reported the incident to police who began investigating an incident of pick pocketing.
William White pictured with his son Anthony(Picture: SWNS)

News of the theft made headlines throughout the South West, however now the tale of thievery has turned into one of redemption.

Gloucester Police say they will be talking to Mr White about how the money was returned.

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30 April 2015 | 8:25 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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