Breakthrough on handbag thefts
COPS investigating a spate of handbag thefts from elderly women victims from shopping centre toilets across the region struck gold when they made a breakthrough, thanks to CCTV security footage.
On June 22, a 51-year-old lady entered the bathroom at a Dubbo shopping centre and hung her mobile phone case, with an attached wallet, to the inside of the cubicle door.
A thief allegedly reached over the top of the cubicle door and removed the phone case and shortly after made several purchases using the stolen credit cards.
Police say a 32-year-old woman was identified from that CCTV footage and, as a result, they executed a search warrant at a home on Elizabeth Street in Wellington, recovering various items of clothing worn by the woman at the time of the offence.
The 32-year-old was arrested and charged with two counts of steal from person and two counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception.
Great police work.