TWO cowards have been arrested and charged with stealing cash from a 79-year-old veteran at a shopping centre in the NSW Illawarra region.
Police said the elderly man withdrew a large sum of money from a bank before attending a supermarket on the Princess Highway at Corrimal where he was targeted around 11am on Thursday.
It’s understood the veteran had accidentally left a bag containing his cash and a number of other items in a trolley after he finished shopping – that’s when the thieves are accused of making their move.
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It’s alleged a 58-year-old man saw the veteran leave the cash behind and, instead of notifying the gentleman, picked it up and handed it to a 59-year-old man who was sitting in a car parked nearby.
The veteran went back to the shopping centre to try and locate his bag around 30 minutes later but couldn’t find it and so he called police.
Following investigations by officers attached to the Wollongong Local Area Command, police identified the two men who’d allegedly swiped the cash.
They were arrested a short time later and each charged with larceny.
Both men were granted conditional bail and will front Wollongong Local Court on May 23.