Gweedore woman’s Olympic run helps nab thief in Greece

A Gweedore woman chased after a would-be thief in an Athens train station after he stole her purse from her handbag.

A Gweedore woman chased after a would-be thief in an Athens train station after he stole her purse from her handbag.

Edel Sweeney, who was in the Greek capital to cheer on her brother Hughie, who won a silver medal in the Special Olympics, told the ‘Democrat’ this week: “I was screaming at the top of my voice at him and then a number of people joined in the chase and got a hold of him with a few others. They were kicking at him and everything.

“He was pinned up against the wall of the station and when I reached them he threw the purse back at me,” said Edel.

The incident happened on the second night of their stay in Athens when she and some family and friends were returning from a reception. “I was just stepping onto the train when he unzipped my bag and slipped the purse out. I felt something but he took off running and I went after him screaming ‘he’s got my purse.’

“The gang I was with were already on the train which by that stage had pulled out. My sister didn’t know what was happening and was trying to break out of the carriage but they eventually came back to the station where I was.”

Police were called and the thief was subsequently arrested.