Police lay charges after man steals from stroke victim at Lake Macquarie

A man has been charged after allegedly stealing from a person who had just suffered a medical episode in the Lake Macquarie region this week.

About 4.40pm on Tuesday 7 January 2020, a 58-year-old man suffered a stroke while seated in his car in the car park of a hotel on Wilsons Road at Mount Hutton, south of Newcastle.

Shortly after, a 29-year-old man discovered the older man on the ground beside his vehicle and called Triple Zero (000) for help.

Police will allege the younger man then entered car and stole cash and credit cards before leaving the scene.

NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and took the older man to hospital.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District initiated inquiries after the older man’s wife reported the theft the next day (Wednesday 9 January 2020).

After reviewing CCTV footage, officers attached to the Lake Macquarie Target Action Group attended a home on South Street, Windale, at 3pm yesterday (Thursday 9 January 2020), and arrested a 29-year-old man after a short foot pursuit.

He was taken to Belmont Police Station where he was charged with larceny, escape police custody, and resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty.

He was refused bail to appear in Belmont Local Court today (Friday 10 January 2020).

The 58-year-old man remains in a stable condition in John Hunter Hospital.

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