Greg Rusedski’s film producer wife reveals her shock at being mugged while dining at a London gastro pub as female thief who wrestled handbag from her avoids jail
- Tennis star Greg Rusedski’s wife has told how a thief ran off with her handbag
- Lucy Rusedski was dining at a gastro pub in Belgravia in London at the time
- A friend chased thief Samantha Greaves, 34, and she gave up the handbag
- Greaves, of Westminster, admitted theft and given a 12 month community order
Samantha Greaves outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court where she admitted theft
The wife of tennis star Greg Rusedski has told how a thief ran off with a handbag as she dined at a top gastro pub.
Samantha Greaves, 34, targeted movie producer Lucy Rusedski at the Orange Public House and Hotel in Belgravia on March 16 last year.
Mrs Rusedski has seen Greaves walk past her ‘three or four times’ looking ‘twitchy,’ Westminster Magistrates’ court heard.
She looked around to find her bag had been snatched by Greaves and her friend chased Greaves out into the street.
Greaves gave up the handbag, containing Mrs Rusedski’s credit cards, iPhone and business cards, after a brief struggle
In a statement read to the court, Mrs Rusedski said the incident had made her feel ‘shocked and nervous.’
Greaves was identified on CCTV but was not arrested until this month, over a year later.
In a statement read to the court, Mrs Rusedski, pictured her with husband Greg, said the incident had made her feel ‘shocked and nervous’
Greaves targeted the movie producer at the Orange Public House and Hotel in Belgravia on March 16 last year
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Her lawyer Edward Caute told the court that Greaves had been a drug addict for ‘a third of her life.’
District Judge Maria Karaiskos said: ‘This was planned because you spotted the complainant and her bag.
‘It was emptied and all the items were taken – there was a lot of sensitive and personal information on them.
‘This caused distress, inconvenience and upset and it was all because you needed some drugs.
Mrs Rusedski with jer husband in the royal box at Wimbledon in 2013
‘I am going to give you a chance, if you don’t take it you won’t get another one.’
Greaves, of Westminster, London admitted theft. She was given a 12 month community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement.
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