A 45-year-old woman who is alleged to have tipped a man out of his mobility scooter before stealing a carton of alcohol, has been arrested and charged in Alice Springs.
Just before 5:30pm yesterday, a 75-year-old man who uses a mobility scooter, was travelling on the path near the intersection of Leichhardt and Wills Terrace when he was approached from behind by the woman.
It is alleged the woman grabbed the back of the man’s scooter and tipped it over, causing the man to fall to the ground. It is then alleged she physically assaulted him before stealing a carton of alcohol, which was on the scooter at the time.
A member of the public who witnessed the incident intervened and helped the man off the ground. The woman fled from the scene with the carton of alcohol into the Todd River nearby.
Police members in the area were notified of the incident and located the woman in the river bed and still in possession of the alcohol.
The woman was subsequently arrested and taken back to the Alice Springs Watch House where she was later charged with one count of Robbery. The woman is scheduled to appear before court today.
The Northern Territory Police Force would like to thank all members of the public who provided their assistance yesterday.