Teen charged over robbery of elderly woman - Port Macquarie

Saturday, 10 September 2022 01:21:44 PM

A teenager has been charged over the robbery of an elderly woman on the state’s north coast.

Just before 3pm on Thursday (8 September 2022), an 83-year-old woman was placing shopping bags into her vehicle that was parked in a car park shopping centre on Murray Street, Port Macquarie, when two males allegedly attempted to steal her handbag.

A struggle ensued where the woman fell to the ground after one of the males took possession of the handbag. Both males then ran from the scene.

A bystander rendered aid to the woman – who suffered minor injuries – and the matter was later reported to officers from Mid North Coast Police District who commenced an investigation.

Following extensive inquiries officers arrested a 13-year-old boy after a short foot pursuit in Clarence Street, Port Macquarie, about 2.45pm yesterday (Friday 9 September 2022). It will be alleged that at the time of his arrest he was found to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

The teenager was taken to Port Macquarie Police Station and charged with robbery in company, possess prohibited drug, goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen, carry cutting weapon upon apprehension and armed with intent commit indictable offence.

He was refused bail to appear at a children’s court later today (Saturday 10 September 2022).

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for any information that may assist in the identification of the second male.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of thin build, in his mid-teens, wearing a white t-shirt, grey shorts and black sneakers.

Anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.