18yo man arrested after snatching woman’s handbag

A man will face court today charged over an alleged bagsnatch at Jesmond, in Newcastle, overnight.

About 8pm Thursday 10 September 2015, a 29-year-old woman was walking along Blue Gum Road, when a man ran up behind her and took her bag.

She was not hurt in the incident.


Police from Newcastle City Local Area Command attended a short time later and were assisted by the Dog Unit in searching for the person involved.

An 18-year-old man was arrested nearby and the woman’s handbag was recovered from stormwater drains in Mayo Street.

The man was taken to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with steal from person.

He was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 11 September 2015).