Police have released CCTV and are appealing for public assistance after a wheelchair-bound man was 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 is confined to 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. 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.
A crime scene was established and detectives from Sydney City Police Area Command commenced an investigation.
As part of their investigation, police have released vision of two men, who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.
The first man depicted is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a large build and red hair. He was wearing a black jacket and dark green pants.
The second man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a medium build and light-brown short hair. He was depicted wearing a dark blue jacket and dark pants.
Further, detectives would also like to speak with a man and woman who came to the man’s aid after the incident and may have invaluable information. The man and woman are of Asian appearance.
Anyone who was on George Street on Sunday morning or who has information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.