Elderly man ‘threatened with bottle in car theft bid’

Staff reportersSouth Western Times
A police car in the area at the time was waved down by members of the public
Camera IconA police car in the area at the time was waved down by members of the public Credit: WA News

Lightning-fast police have chased down a man who allegedly attempted to steal an elderly man’s car while armed with a broken bottle in Eaton this morning.

The 79-year-old was parked out the front of a store on Pratt Road around midday when an unknown man approached him.

It is alleged the man wanted to steal the victim’s car and threatened him with a smashed bottle. A struggle ensured and the man fled after spotting police.

A police car in the area at the time was waved down by members of the public. After a brief foot chase the man was apprehended by Australind police.

The victim received a minor injury to his hand.

South West detectives have charged the 30-year-old Collie man with armed robbery.

He is due to appear before the Bunbury Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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