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Elderly woman robbed at Corrimal

police 8POLICE are appealing for public assistance after an elderly woman was robbed in Corrimal earlier this week.

About 12pm on Monday, a 73-year-old woman who was using a walking frame for assistance, was approached by a man as she used a footpath crossing on Railway Parade, near Corrimal Railway Station.

The man attempted to remove the woman’s handbag from her walking frame, before she fell to the ground during a scuffle. The man grabbed the handbag and ran towards a waiting vehicle with its engine running – believed to be a grey-coloured late model Holden Commodore SS utility – which was last seen driving west along Railway Parade.

The woman was treated by paramedics and taken to Wollongong Hospital suffering shock and for checks relating to a pre-existing medical condition.

Wollongong police were contacted and have launched an investigation into the incident.

Wollongong Local Area Commander, Superintendent Joseph Cassar said whilst all robberies are disturbing, the robbery of a 73-year-old woman using a walking frame is particularly abhorrent.

“My investigators are very keen to see this man brought before the courts quickly and are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to contact them,” he said.

Detectives are urging anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact Wollongong Police Station on (02) 4226 7899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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