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<p>An 89-year-old man had his wallet brazenly snatched from his back pocket after being followed home from an ATM in Sydney.</p>

An 89-year-old man had his wallet brazenly snatched from his back pocket after being followed home from an ATM in Sydney.

Joe Zahra had no idea he was being followed, until the thief made his move. It was all filmed on CCTV.

Mr Zahra was injured while chasing down the 25-year-old at a Girraween park in Toongabbie on Monday. 

Ajay Kuman today pleaded guilty, admitting he followed Mr Zahra from the ATM for a kilometre, before stealing his wallet with $550 inside. 

In court it was heard for the past two weeks Mr Kumar had been homeless, living in local parks, after losing his job at the local car wash.

Staff had been laid off due to the recent water restrictions.

His lawyer told the court he couldn't afford $140 a week in rent. He was hungry and had no money.Ajay Kuman today pleaded guilty, admitting he followed Mr Zahra from the ATM for a kilometre, before stealing his wallet with $550 inside. 

On the spur of the moment he saw this person, and it was opportunistic, his lawyer said.

The case was adjourned to next week.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/toongabbie-atm-robbery-89-year-old-man-sydney-news/f8a3d4f9-c19e-4857-96cc-080bb4076cac

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