Bike rider beaten, robbed


Police are investigating a stealing with violence in Gillen last night.
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Dash says a 36-year-old man was riding home on his bicycle when he was approached by two unknown men at the intersection of Pedler Avenue and Lewis Street at around 9pm.
“We allege one of the offenders struck the victim to the face and stole his backpack, which contained camera equipment, before both men fled on foot.
“The first offender is described as being of Maori or Pacific Islander appearance, about 175cm tall, solid build and short hair. He was wearing a red rugby jumper with short sleeves, shorts and thongs,” says Sen Sgt Dash.
“The second offender is described as being 175cm tall, skinny build and was wearing a dark t-shirt and a baseball cap.”
Sen Sgt Dash asked people with information to ring 131 444 or 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile detectives from Strike Force Vega have charged two males following an unlawful entry and stealing incident last week.
Detective Superintendent Travis Wurst says police allege the two males aged 17 and 18 unlawfully entered a residence in East Side between Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 August and stole a purse containing cash and credit cards.
“We allege the two males attended a service station on the Stuart Highway and Stokes Street and used the stolen credit card to purchase fuel, food and phone credit,” says Superintendent Wurst.
Police arrested the two males yesterday and they were both charged with aggravated unlawful entry, stealing and criminal deception.
The 17-year-old will appear in the Youth Justice Court on September 4.
The 18-year-old will appear in the Magistrates Court on October 20.
“Police would like to thank members of the community who responded to the call for information released into the media about this matter.
“This assisted in identifying those involved in committing these alleged crimes,” Superintendent Wurst said.

Police media release.



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