Ballina Police are seeking information from the public over a break and enter in Oakland Parade, West Ballina, on Tuesday night in which two elderly women were injured during a struggle with a burglar. Police said a young man entered the house at around 10.35pm and tried to steal a handbag. One of three women who lived at the house tried to retrieve the handbag, fell on the floor and was hit by the man several times. Another of the women tried to help but was pushed into a glass entertainment unit. The two women were treated for their injuries in hospital while the third woman was treated for shock. The man is described as Aboriginal, around 20 years old, of thin build, with a possible light moustache and black hair. He was wearing black board shorts and a light shirt. Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area of the West Tower Hotel, Ballina, between 6pm and 11pm on Tuesday night who may have seen several young men in the area at the time. Information to Ballina Police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police are investigating an assault and attempted robbery of the manager of a Ballina motel in River Street at around 8.30pm on Tuesday night, plus the theft of cash from another motel in Norton Street, Ballina, the same night. In the River Street incident a man assaulted the motel manager after demanding the takings and jumping the counter. Two offenders who ran from the area are described as Caucasian in appearance, possibly wearing balaclavas, one wearing a grey-coloured sloppy-joe jumper. In the Norton Street incident a man wearing dark blue shorts, a dark coloured shirt and a white baseball cap entered the reception area between 8.10pm and 8.23pm and while the manager was briefly distracted, the man stole some cash. He was last seen walking north on Norton Street. Information to Ballina Police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
An 18-year-old Lismore man was threatened with a knife and robbed of his mobile phone and cigarettes after being approached by three men in Elliot Street between 8.15pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday night. The victim was grabbed by one of the men who produced a knife, believed to be around 10cm long. The assailant is described as Caucasian, 18 to 20-years-old, of slim build and around 165cm tall. He was wearing a white singlet with a full-length tattoo down his left arm. The second offender was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans while the third was wearing a dark singlet with board shorts. Information to Lismore Police on 6623 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A 49-year-old Casino man has been charged with the malicious wounding of a 17-year-old Casino male on Tuesday night. The victim was hit on the head with a blunt object, causing him to fall to the ground where he fell unconscious for a short time. The youth was treated at Casino Hospital and the man was bailed to Casino Local Court on February 22.
A 15-year-old Casino youth was arrested last Friday and charged with the indecent assault of a 29-year-old woman in a South Casino street on the night of Tuesday, January 9. The youth was also charged over an assault in Casino on December 7 and for a street-fighting offence on December 11.
A small boat was destroyed and a shed damaged in a fire at a property in Ocean Drive, Evans Head, last Sunday night. Police are treating the fire as suspicious. Information to Evans Head Police on 6682 4202.
Business owners are being warned not to leave cash on their premises after thieves removed a cash register and a sum of money from commercial premises in Wyrallah Road, East Lismore, last weekend. The thieves forced their way in and ransacked the building. Information to Lismore Police on 6623 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police are warning motorists not to leave valuables in their unattended vehicles following a spate of thefts from vehicles parked at local swimming holes over the past several weeks. On Monday afternoon, two vehicles were broken into at Dalwood Falls while their occupants were sightseeing. Mobile phones, iPods, wallets, a video camera and an MP3 player were stolen. Information to Alstonville Police on 6628 0244.
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