A blind woman has had £50 taken from her purse by a man selling the Big Issue. The 66-year-old was trying to find a coin to give to him outside Morrisons in Sutton High Street. Razvan Dumitru looked like he was trying to help, but instead took £10 notes from her purse.
The victim found out because a mother nearby saw what happened. 22-year-old Razvan Dumitru was found with £50 in notes between copies of the magazine. He pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court and is waiting to be sentenced.
His work can fetch up to £5,000 and has been bought by the likes of Sir Elton John. But before he found fame and fortune, the graffiti artist Stik was homeless. That is why he's decided to donate tens of thousands of signed prints to help others just like him.
Nick Thatcher reports.
Using money he was paid by an ad agency for using one of his images in a campaign, Stik is distributing 75000 limited prints exclusively via random copies of the Big Issue that goes on sale on March 11th.
Formerly homeless himself, the artist wants people to talk to their local 'art dealers'; the Big Issue vendors.
There are 4 different prints in total and they won't be available anywhere else.