Detectives have charged a second man over the alleged robbery of a man in a wheelchair 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 before both men fled on foot.
Detectives from Sydney City Police Area Command attended and commenced an investigation.
As a result of a public appeal yesterday (Tuesday 26 May 2020), a 20-year-old man was arrested at Green Valley Police Station about 3.15pm and charged with steal from person.
He was refused bail and appeared at Liverpool Local Court today (Wednesday 27 May 2020).
Following further inquiries, a 20-year-old Riverwood man was arrested at Campsie Police Station about 9.30am today, where he was charged with steal from person.
He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Burwood Local Court on Tuesday 4 August 2020.
Sydney City Police Area Commander, Superintendent Gavin Wood, thanked the media and community for their assistance with the investigation.
“We had great support from the media in sharing the images and details out there, and the kind words and community support for Julian is nothing short of outstanding.
“The swift arrests demonstrate that the people of Sydney are as committed to fighting crime as their police force.”