At approximately 12.30pm Tuesday afternoon, an 85-year old woman was robbed of her handbag and contents, as she walked up the side of her house.
She had just returned home from the bank with her son and was walking towards the rear of her house with the use of her walking frame.
The offender pushed her face first into the concrete path and she received a fractured nose,facial bruising, a broken wrist and bruising to her fingers. The offender took her handbag which contained approximately seven thousand New Zealand dollars in Euro dollars and US travellers cheques that she had just picked up from the bank.
The offender ran from the house on College Road to a waiting vehicle, parked approximately 50 metres into Cadness Street. An associate drove him from the scene down Cadness Street away from College Road. The getaway vehicle was a red BMW, late 80's model.
Detective Scott Armstrong says, "We believe the elderly lady and her son may well have been followed from the bank. Police would like to hear of any sightings of a red BMW of the offender round the Northcote Shopping Centre and ASB Bank. Police are also interested in any sightings of the red BMW in Cadness Street"
The offender is described as a male polynesian or maori, aged in his twenties or thirties. He was 5'10-6' tall and solid build. He was reasonably tidy in dress and appearance.
Any information to Detective Scott Armstrong, Takapuna Police, 488 6200
North Shore/Waitakere/Rodney Police District
027 281 0271