Woman's shoulder broken in bag snatch

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

A woman's shoulder was broken in two places during a daylight bag snatch and assault in Whangarei on Saturday.

The 58-year-old woman was walking on Otaika Rd, State Highway 1, about 7.50am when she was attacked and her shoulder bag taken, police said.

The offender then ran a short distance to a waiting vehicle, described as a silver station wagon with tinted windows, parked on SH1 opposite Matipo Place.

The victim was treated at Whangarei Hospital for multiple cuts and bruising, and her upper arm near her left shoulder was broken in two places.

Police want to speak to the drivers or passengers of vehicles in the area, who would have witnessed the aggravated robbery, including:

- A white coloured light truck similar in appearance to a milk truck with a refrigerator unit, heading north along SH1 towards the Maunu lights intersection.

- A white coloured four-door, 4WD flat deck truck, which was heading north along SH1 towards the Maunu lights intersection.

- A 2 door Nissan Safari type vehicle heading south, dark grey and light grey in colour, towing a large tandem trailer.

Anyone with information can contact Whangarei Police on 09 430 4500 or 0800 CRIME STOPPERS.


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