A man has been charged, and the search continues for a second, after a man in a wheelchair was allegedly robbed while making a withdrawal from an ATM in Sydney’s CBD at the weekend.
About 11.45am on Sunday (24 May 2020), a 42-year-old man – who suffers from spastic diplegia (paraplegia) cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair – attended an ATM on George Street at Haymarket.
The man noticed two males in the enclosed alcove area where the machine was situated. It will be alleged that after completing a withdrawal from the machine, he was approached by one of the men who snatched cash from his hands.
The two men left the area and were last seen running north along George Street.
Witnesses assisted the man – who was not injured – and police were contacted.
Detectives from Sydney City Police Area Command commenced an investigation.
As part of the investigation, CCTV of the incident was released, with the 42-year-old man joining officers from Sydney City Police Area Command to appeal to the public for assistance.
A short time later – about 3.15pm yesterday (Tuesday 26 May 2020) – a 20-year-old man was arrested at Green Valley Police Station.
He was taken to Liverpool Police Station, where he was charged with steal from person.
The Sanctuary Point man was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday 27 May 2020).
Meanwhile, investigations are continuing to locate a second man. Anyone with information is urged to come forward.
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.