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ATM alert after pensioner robbed in Warrnambool

A 21 year old man and a 15 year old boy were remanded in police custody on the weekend and will appear before a magistrate today charged with several offences relating to the robbery.

The boy was allegedly carrying a knife.

They were apprehended by police about a kilometre away, allegedly with a substantial amount of cash in their possession.

Police yesterday described the crime as desp Toms Shoes icable and warned people, particularly the Toms Shoes elderly, to be careful when withdrawing cash from an ATM in public view.

Detective Senior Constable Jason Bourke of the Warrnambool criminal investigation unit told The Standard yesterday the victim was very shaken up by the incident, but did not receive serious injuries.

“It was a brazen attack on a member of the community, especially in broad daylight,” he said.

“The man received lacerations on his hands and was conveyed to hospital for a check up.

“He was definitely in shock and the incident will take its toll on him considering he has a long term illness.

“It’s pretty disgusting for the perpetrators to rob him, run off and leave him on the ground.”

The crime happened about 3.30pm Friday on Koroit Street, just east of the Banyan Street intersec Toms Shoes ong> Toms Shoes tion.

Police say the elderly man withdrew cash from the Bendigo Bank ATM, put the money in his wallet which he then placed into his back pocket before walking east along Koroit Street carrying two white plastic bags containing shopping items.

“The offenders approached him from behind, grabbed the wallet from his back pocket and knocked him to the ground,” Detective Senior Constable Bourke said.

“They then ran off and a short time later were arrested at the intersection of Nicholson and Flaxman streets.

“A remand hearing was held at the police station Friday evening and they were remanded in custody to face a magistrate on Monday. This is a reminder for people to be aware of their surroundings when withdrawing money from ATMs.”

The 21 year old man from Warrnambool faces charges of robbery, recklessly causing injury and assault in company while the boy faces the same charges plus extras of resisting police and possessing a prohibited weapon (knife).

Anyone with information which could help with investigations is asked to ring the police station or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

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