Two heartless thieves have been charged with stealing a handbag from the scene of a fatal crash and using the money and credit cards to buy cigarettes, alcohol and food.
Police said that earlier this month, a 62-year-old woman was involved in a crash at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Dwyer Street at North Gosford.
The woman suffered horrific injuries and was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital where she later died.
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Police said that following the crash, family members noticed numerous transactions being made on the woman’s bank accounts after her death.
Detectives launched an investigation and discovered that the woman’s handbag had allegedly been removed from the crash scene during the emergency response and taken to a nearby home where credit cards and cash were stolen. The handbag was then returned to the crash site.
Following ongoing investigations into the fraud, a 42-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman were yesterday arrested at Gosford Railway Station and charged with multiple fraud and theft offences.
A 20-year-old woman involved in the fatal crash has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, and drive while suspended.
That matter remains before the court.