Missouri Man Steals Phone From Veteran as She Lays Dying on Sidewalk in Surveillance Video

Disturbing surveillance video shows the moment a man brazenly steals an Air Force veteran's phone as she lay dying on a sidewalk in St. Louis.

Jacquelyn Olden collapsed while on a jog through Soulard on October 18, when the man was seen grabbing her cell phone and then leaving her to die.

The 64-year-old, who served in Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War, collapsed from a heart attack near Arsenal and Lynch Street, KMOV reports.

A surveillance video released by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shows two men talking on the sidewalk before one of the men walks over to where Olden lays slumped on the sidewalk.

The unidentified man appears to look around him before quickly grabbing the phone. He then takes off in a red van, which had been parked directly opposite.

Police said the incident occurred around 1 p.m. and are appealing for any witnesses who might recognise the man seen in the video.

"EMS located the female and transported her to a hospital where she was later pronounced deceased," police said.

Olden's friends described her as a "firecracker" who always put others first.

"We're still kind of in shock over the whole thing," Maplewood church Pastor Adam Medina told KMOV.

"She was a firecracker," Medina said. "She had a lot of energy she used to give to everybody. She loved the idea of community."

"The person had stopped to ya know, made it look like they were trying to help but didn't and actually picked up her cellphone and stole it and didn't offer to help," referencing the man from the footage.

"What happened to the good Samaritan?"

Olden's niece, Em Maxey, described her Aunt as a "devoted and powerful woman of God who made the best sweet potatoes in St. Louis" in a tribute posted on Facebook.

"My aunt who had to die alone without her family. Unable to be identified because someone, who didn't have the decency to at least call 911, saw an opportunity to prey," Maxey wrote.

Before her death, Olden worked for the Rossman School where she retired in May.

"We are heartbroken to share the news that Rossman's cherished former kitchen assistant Jackie Olden passed away this week," the school wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.

"For seven years, her bright smile and positive spirit were an encouragement to all who entered the Dining Room, and she modeled strength of character and bravery to our students when she shared stories of her service in the Air Force during last year's Veterans Day assembly.

"Mrs. Olden was a true role model, a dear friend and an esteemed colleague. She will be missed tremendously."

The investigation is ongoing.

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In the video, a man is seen walking over to the woman to grab her phone before taking off in a red van. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department