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Grandma targeted in robbery at Goonellabah

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A BRAZEN daylight robbery outside Coles Goonellabah has prompted a grandmother to warn people to keep their belongings secure.

Kay Durheim was putting groceries in her car at 1.30pm on Monday when two thieves swooped, snatching her handbag containing hundreds of dollars before sprinting away as bystanders looked on.

The thieves struck after Mrs Durheim had been to the bank to get money to buy Easter eggs for her six grandchildren.

"It was stolen from right out of my shopping trolley when I was putting my groceries in the car," she said.

"A lady a couple of cars up said to me 'oh my god, I just saw that'."

"People need to be more vigilant with the security of their belongings when packing groceries into the car.

Mrs Durheim said two teenager boys were responsible for the robbery that took just an instant.

"It was bigger teenagers, 15-year-old kids that should have been at school," she said.

"They were like rabbits. They snatched the handbag from the trolley right in front of me and just ran."

Uninjured but still suffering shock, Mrs Durheim said it was more than just money that had been taken.

"You have no identity when they do this sort of thing," she said.

"It creates a lot of problems with replacing your licence and credit cards and Medicare card."

A bystander accompanied Mrs Durheim to Coles to report the theft.

"I went into Coles and said I can't even report it to police because they stole my mobile phone," Mrs Durheim said.

Coles management reported the theft to police but Mrs Durheim didn't hold much hope of getting her belongings back.

"I doubt if I'll get anything back because they will open the purse and take all the money and throw the purse in the bush," she said.

Police are investigating the robbery and have urged any witnesses to call Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  bag snatch, crime


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