A shameless thug who stole £1,100 from a generous disabled pensioner who had offered him some spare change is seemingly used to living a life of luxury, raising further questions over why he preyed on a vulnerable man.
Andrew Merritt, 34, stopped an 88-year-old victim in the street in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and asked if he could spare him £2.
The innocent elderly man, who was on a mobility scooter, took his wallet out and went one step further by actually giving Merritt £3.10
But CCTV then showed Merritt – who has been branded the ‘lowest of the low’ – hugging the man before grabbing his wallet, counting the large was of £20 banknotes and walking away smiling.
Merritt, who has previous convictions relating to 118 offences, then kept the cash and dumped the wallet nearby despite the man pleading for his wallet.
Photos from the thug’s social media offer an insight into his luxury lifestyle as he is seen flaunting brands such as Armani. In other photos he is pictured smoking, partying with pals at nightclubs and flexing his muscles in the mirror at the gym.
Andrew Merritt is pictured wearing Armani clothes despite stealing from a generous disabled pensioner who offered him some spare change
The 34-year-old is pictured out partying with his friends at a nightclub. His social media gives an insight to his life
Merritt (pictured flexing at the gym) was branded the ‘lowest of the low’ for stealing from the pensioner
Merritt approached the man on his mobility scooter and stole his wallet. Here, he is pictured with a friend in an image from his social media
Merritt is pictured smoking. Concerned families have called for a crowdfunder to help the disabled pensioner.
Merritt wears a lot of branded clothes in his photos but still felt the need to steal from the pensioner. Here, Merritt is pictured wearing Adidas and Ellesse sportswear.
It raises fresh questions as to why he felt the need to exploit the elderly man and steal from him.
It comes after concerned families have called for a crowdfunder to help the disabled pensioner.
Local Michael Brown commented on Facebook: ‘I hope someone had a fundraiser for the old guy – that’s a lot of money for most pensioners.’
Graham Fisher pledged to donate if one were set up, saying: ‘If there is, I’ll give £100.’
Commenting on Nottinghamshire Police’s post about the story Lester Staples said: ‘I wish there was a Gofundme page for the poor chap, I’d definitely help him get his money back!’
On X, formerly Twitter, one man branded Merritt ‘gutter scum’, and asked: ‘Did the elderly man get his money back from this gutter scum?’
Another concerned reader asked: ‘Did the victim get his money back and/or compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority?
‘Has anyone checked to make sure he had enough money for food, etc, after this awful event?’
Andrew Merritt, 34, robbed £1,100 from an 88-year-old disabled man. He had 188 previous convictions
The moment Andrew Merritt took the elderly man’s wallet despite the kind pensioner giving him £3.10
The kind 88-year-old pensioner begs for his £1,100 back while Merritt counts out the wad of notes he has just taken
People are urging a fundraiser to be started for the victim on social media, with others pledging to donate if one were set up to help him
Nottingham Crown Court heard Merritt stole £1,100 in the robbery which happened in Potter Street, Worksop, Notts., on August 1 this year.
Witnesses went to the elderly man’s aid before calling the police.
Footage shows Merritt stopping in a doorway of a house where he changed his T-shirt in a bid to avoid detection.
Merritt was arrested after a police officer recognised him from the CCTV footage.
Bodycam footage shows Merritt being arrested as he lay on his bed six days after the robbery.
During a police interview, Merritt denied stealing the money, insisting the elderly man had agreed to purchase a bike from him.
Merritt, of Cheapside, Worksop, later admitted robbery and on Wednesday he was jailed for four years at Nottingham Crown Court.
He was also given a Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from Workshop town centre for four years and ordered to pay a £228 victim surcharge.
‘Gutter scum’: Andrew Merritt was slammed for robbing an elderly man by people concerned if he will ever see his money returned
Merritt walks off with the disabled pensioner’s cash with a grin plastered across his face
The thief ignored the pensioner’s pleas to return the substantial sum of cash as he walked off and dumped the wallet
The court heard he has previous convictions relating to 118 offences, including theft, shoplifting, assault, breaching court orders and burglaries.
Following the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Nick Hall, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Merritt’s actions were cowardly in the extreme.
‘He preyed on a vulnerable man knowing he would not be able to stop him making off with his money.
‘When he asked for £2, the elderly victim gave him that and more, out of the goodness of his heart.
Merritt is videoed changing his shirt in an attempt to avoid detection from the police after stealing from the defenceless old man
Merritt, who had 118 previous convictions, was found by police six days after he committed the shocking robbery
The moment shameless thief, Merritt, is caught by police in his bed after stealing over £1,000 from an elderly man in a mobility scooter
‘It was a kind act of generosity and so it was staggering that Merritt repaid the gentleman’s empathy by robbing him of such a vast amount of money.
‘It was an extremely cruel crime and I am pleased Merritt has been made to pay for his appalling actions.
‘I hope the outcome at court provides the victim with some comfort in knowing that Merritt can no longer harm anybody in our communities.
‘I’d also like to thank the witnesses who came forward with information so that we could put Merritt behind bars.’