Girls assault elderly man in attempted raffle robbery

AN elderly West Ballina man had two ribs broken and received numerous cuts during an attempted robbery by three young girls claiming to sell raffle tickets.

Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Doug Conners said about 4.35pm yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, a 93-year-old Ballina man was at his Riverside Drive home, standing in his garage, when he was approached by three young females described as being of aboriginal appearance and wearing light coloured clothing.

He said they engaged with the victim and told him they were selling raffle tickets.

"The victim removed his wallet and gave them $10 for four tickets," Insp Conners said.

"When he turned to walk away, he felt someone pulling at his pants' pocket."

A struggle broke out between the elderly man and the would-be-thieves.

As a result, the 93-year-old was pushed against a wall, fracturing two ribs and resulting in a number of cuts and abrasions to his arm.

The three girls fled the scene empty handed.

Insp Conners said the victim drove around looking for them before going to Ballina Police Station to report the incident.

Police received a number of items as exhibits for forensic examination.

Any members of the public who have been approached under similar circumstances are asked to contact the Ballina Police Station as soon as possible on 6681 8699.


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