Great grand mother Beryl Sheridan 76y of Ocean Shores was robbed of around 300 dollars last Friday in Byron Bay as she tried to stop the thief Beryl fell and broke her kneecap.
Great grand mother Beryl Sheridan 76y of Ocean Shores was robbed of around 300 dollars last Friday in Byron Bay as she tried to stop the thief Beryl fell and broke her kneecap. Doug Eaton

Thief mugs grandmother, 76, leaving her with broken knee

BYRON Bay police are investigating an attack on a 76-year-old grandmother who was mugged and left with a broken knee in the town's CBD last Friday.

Beryl Sheridan, mother of eight and grandmother to 27, moved from Russell Island, Queensland, to Byron Bay in March 2012 to be closer to her children after she became a widow .

Last week she found herself the victim of a brazen attack as she was returning to her car after shopping in the town around midday.

"It all happened very quickly. He came from behind and grabbed my bag and knocked me to the ground," Mrs Sheridan said.

Her attacker ran off with her bag, eventually taking $300 cash from her wallet before discarding the bag when two women chased after him.

"It will take a few months to heal, but I'll be all right. It could have been worse."

Ms Sheridan wanted to thank the two women who chased the thief, forcing him to drop her bag and wallet, which they handed in to police.

"They didn't have to do that and I'm very grateful," she said.

"Another woman picked me up to take me to the hospital."

Ms Sheridan wanted to warn people about the mugging, which took place in the laneway opposite Aldi supermarket, and behind the post office.

"I don't know if it's changed the way I feel about Byron Bay, but I won't be walking the back streets again, even in broad daylight," she said.

She described her assailant as of slim build, aged 25-30, 1.75 metres tall, wearing a pair of tracksuit pants with a white strip down the leg, a light-coloured T-shirt and a cap on his head.

Anybody with information about the attacker can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Byron Bay police on 6685 9499


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