Gran theft out­rage

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

A GRAND­MOTHER has been robbed by a group of “scum­bags” while she loaded her walker into the boot of her car.

Freda Pratt, 90, had just fin­ished hav­ing her hair cut at Sun­vale shop­ping cen­tre, Aitken­vale, about 10am on Mon­day and was load­ing her mo­bil­ity walker into the boot of her car when a group of teens snatched her purse.

“Some­one has fol­lowed me ( from get­ting her hair cut), but I didn’t know, there were a few guys around … I come to my car and went to the back, opened the boot,” Mrs Pratt said.

“I was go­ing to put my purse in the boot. I thought no I’ll knock the purse around putting my walkie in … I went to pick up my purse and it was gone. All I heard was a whiz, just a noise like a whiz and I’d say that’s when he grabbed my purse.”

Mrs Pratt said she hoped those re­spon­si­ble for the theft and her sub­se­quent dis­tress got what they de­served.

“I felt a big lump here ( in the stom­ach). It’s nearly bought my asthma back,” she said.

“They’re just scum­bags to fol­low me and do that. But I’m lucky, they VIC­TIM: Freda Pratt, 90, who had her purse snatched while she was load­ing her walker into the boot of her car. could have hit me. I could have turned around.

“I would have fought him for my bag and I may have got hit.

“I was very an­noyed, very hurt. I had to go home with­out my purse and a purse is every­thing to a lady, we have every­thing in our purse.”

Mund­ing­burra Po­lice of­fi­cer- in­charge Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Pater­son ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic. He asked any­one who saw some­thing in the vicin­ity of the Sun­vale Shop­ping Cen­tre on Ross River Rd to con­tact po­lice.

Pic­ture: CHRIS McMA­HON


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