ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after a woman snatched the purse of a 79-year-old woman at the Westfield Woden Commonwealth Bank ATM today (Friday 15 March).
Around 11.35am, the elderly woman had just withdrawn money from the ATM when her purse was snatched by a woman. The offender immediately fled the area with the victim unharmed.
A short time later the victim’s purse was recovered, but a sum of money was taken.
The female offender is described as having a slim build with brown hair in a ponytail. She was wearing a grey skirt and a black top.
Officer-in-Charge of Tuggeranong Police station Sergeant Daryl Neit said crimes against vulnerable citizens were reprehensible.
“To prey on the fragility of a senior citizen is one of the most cowardly acts imaginable. I urge anyone with information about this offender to come forward to the police. Crimes against the most vulnerable citizens in our community will never be tolerated by ACT Policing or the public”, Sergeant Neit said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the robbery, or saw the woman in the area around the time of the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.