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Woden cash snatcher!

By johnboy 15 March 2013 41

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Around 11.35am, the elderly woman had just withdrawn money from the ATM when her purse was snatched by a woman.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.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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tim_c 11:09 am 18 Mar 13

Yes, it’s to think that if you’d been there, you’d have saved the day by tackling the thief, but then you’d just as likely end up being charged for assault while the real criminal went free.

Masquara 8:06 pm 17 Mar 13

Does anyone remember the armed robberies by the woman with the fake foreign accents a few years ago? This looks a little like her …

c_c™ 7:05 pm 17 Mar 13

They got her! Arrested and charged.

Postalgeek 9:08 pm 16 Mar 13

fromthecapital said :

Postalgeek said :

fromthecapital said :

54-11 said :

johnboy said :

Guys go easy on the poor bloke.

Very few of you know for sure how you’d react in an unexpected situation

Exactly, JB. There seem to be so many superheroes here who would have acted in a split second and nailed the bitch, no sweat. As if…

Oh no, he had it coming, people are focusing on the real issue here, its the lanyard wearers that are the real problem our society. He probably wears lycra aswell.

Unlike the internet heros who are all byte and no bite.

I quite like that one!

Hope you picked up that mine was actually an attempt at satire.

Safely detected. I look forward to further indignant posts concerning lanyard-clad brigades.

Pork Hunt 7:47 pm 16 Mar 13

fromthecapital said :

Postalgeek said :

fromthecapital said :

54-11 said :

johnboy said :

Guys go easy on the poor bloke.

Very few of you know for sure how you’d react in an unexpected situation

Exactly, JB. There seem to be so many superheroes here who would have acted in a split second and nailed the bitch, no sweat. As if…

Oh no, he had it coming, people are focusing on the real issue here, its the lanyard wearers that are the real problem our society. He probably wears lycra aswell.

Unlike the internet heros who are all byte and no bite.

I quite like that one!

Hope you picked up that mine was actually an attempt at satire.

Stick satire up your arse, sarcasm is the only way to go on this site…

fromthecapital 6:48 pm 16 Mar 13

Postalgeek said :

fromthecapital said :

54-11 said :

johnboy said :

Guys go easy on the poor bloke.

Very few of you know for sure how you’d react in an unexpected situation

Exactly, JB. There seem to be so many superheroes here who would have acted in a split second and nailed the bitch, no sweat. As if…

Oh no, he had it coming, people are focusing on the real issue here, its the lanyard wearers that are the real problem our society. He probably wears lycra aswell.

Unlike the internet heros who are all byte and no bite.

I quite like that one!

Hope you picked up that mine was actually an attempt at satire.

Harrym 6:13 pm 16 Mar 13

It would appear they have a suspect:

“Police have searched the home of a 29-year-old Lyons woman after an elderly woman had her purse snatched while standing at an ATM on Friday.”

bundah 5:18 pm 16 Mar 13

Well surprise surprise a 29 year old woman from Lyons has,according to a news report,been arrested due to a tip-off from the public.Apparently the elderly woman had withdrawn close to $1000 to pay some bills.

Darkfalz 3:49 pm 16 Mar 13

Yet somehow she can afford decent clothes and a designer handbag…

youami 2:38 pm 16 Mar 13

Aeek said :

goggles13 said :

lanyards are a convenient way of holding security passes which must be displayed when inside Govt Departments. why should the bloke take it off when outside? everyone knows what they are for.
!

I don’t use the lanyard, but have stopped shoving the pass into my pocket because it trashes the stupid cord. It’s not showing status, rather it’s not giving a shit.

and, yeah, these total losers,what is the world becoming?

You do realise that having your lanyard with pass around you displayed in public is a potential security breach? I know some agencies insist you remove your pass from view but surely isn’t it common sense especially if you are in a POT or a DSAP because not only could that woman steal money but also steal your identity — and you would be surprised how easy it is to do.

Postalgeek 2:19 pm 16 Mar 13

fromthecapital said :

54-11 said :

johnboy said :

Guys go easy on the poor bloke.

Very few of you know for sure how you’d react in an unexpected situation

Exactly, JB. There seem to be so many superheroes here who would have acted in a split second and nailed the bitch, no sweat. As if…

Oh no, he had it coming, people are focusing on the real issue here, its the lanyard wearers that are the real problem our society. He probably wears lycra aswell.

Unlike the internet heros who are all byte and no bite.

gentoopenguin 1:44 pm 16 Mar 13

fromthecapital said :

54-11 said :

johnboy said :

Guys go easy on the poor bloke.

Very few of you know for sure how you’d react in an unexpected situation

Exactly, JB. There seem to be so many superheroes here who would have acted in a split second and nailed the bitch, no sweat. As if…

Oh no, he had it coming, people are focusing on the real issue here, its the lanyard wearers that are the real problem our society. He probably wears lycra aswell.

I vote 1 for the lanyard as Mully cup winner!

HiddenDragon 1:04 pm 16 Mar 13

Spiral said :

I’d think twice about running after her.

If she starts screaming and a guy is running after her, it is just as likely some other “saviours” would jump on him and beat the crap out of him.

How many people would assume he is the scumbag and she is the victim trying to escape?

Indeed. If the guy is a Woden-based APS employee, he might also have been distracted by thoughts of how many pay days he has left.

I don’t know about Commbank, but I thought some banks offer fee-free accounts for pensioners (which I would guess this lady is), which mean that they can get their cash from a teller, without having to pay a few extra dollars for the privilege. Doing that in a bank branch in a mall, and not then going straight to the car/bus stop might be a way of reducing the risk of such blatantly opportunistic attacks. Ideally people should not have to go to such lengths, but this, sadly, is the world we live in.

Bad Seed 12:45 pm 16 Mar 13

And the real tragedy is, this poor lady may never feel safe to go outside again. The reality is that crimes against the eldery are not that common but when they do happen, they put fear into many of our older and more vulnerable citizens and make them feel like they are all at threat when the reality is that they are not. Will this poor lady ever be able to use an ATM again? Will she ever be able to take her purse out without looking over her shoulder? The young woman has probalby taken a lot more from her than just a few dollars.

bundah 12:34 pm 16 Mar 13

This is the second time in recent weeks that i’m aware of where elderly pensioners have been mugged by presumably desperate drug addicted scum.I bloody well hope this doesn’t become a trend!

Ben_Dover 10:37 am 16 Mar 13

cbjcurtin said :

the real problem is it is highly unlikley this girl will go to jail, a judge will let her off because she has lived a hard life with a rough upbringing.

+1.

cbjcurtin 10:17 am 16 Mar 13

the real problem is it is highly unlikley this girl will go to jail, a judge will let her off because she has lived a hard life with a rough upbringing.

Deckard 9:59 am 16 Mar 13

Are the Batmen on this thread serious?

I read your comments and thought the guy must’ve let her get away. Then I had a look at the video…

The girl snatches the money and is gone in about a second. Maybe he could have seen it coming seeing the girl peering over the old ladies shoulder but we’re not all super ninjas. Anyway, he’s concentrating on his ATM, by the time he realises what happened she’s gone.

Who knows what happens after the video ended. Maybe he took off like Usain Bolt sprinting as fast as he could while pulling out his phone, unlocking it dialing 000 all while keeping up with the much younger thief.

Maybe he was looking for a phone box so he could put on his cape so he could be as brilliant as all you super heroes.

fromthecapital 9:34 am 16 Mar 13

54-11 said :

johnboy said :

Guys go easy on the poor bloke.

Very few of you know for sure how you’d react in an unexpected situation

Exactly, JB. There seem to be so many superheroes here who would have acted in a split second and nailed the bitch, no sweat. As if…

Oh no, he had it coming, people are focusing on the real issue here, its the lanyard wearers that are the real problem our society. He probably wears lycra aswell.

dph 11:30 pm 15 Mar 13

A very sad piece of footage. I really feel for the elderly lady. She would have got a huge fright. An incident like that is enough to shatter anyone’s confidence.

As for the gentlemen standing next to her, it’s tough to judge. I can’t say for certain what I would have done. If that were my reaction though, I’d be pretty disappointed with myself.

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