Two youths tried to rob this elderly woman as she walked in this Coffs Harbour CBD lane last week.
Two youths tried to rob this elderly woman as she walked in this Coffs Harbour CBD lane last week.

THIEVES WON?T TAKE MY BAG

By CRAIG McTEAR

TWO teenagers who tried to snatch a handbag messed with the wrong grandmother.

She may have an artificial hip and a bad back, but this soon-to-be 79-year-old wasn't about to give in.

The woman ? who didn't want to be named for fear that she may be further targeted ? had just renewed her car registration at Coffs Harbour's RTA office last Friday and was walking down a lane to her car in the Castle Street car park when two boys turned the corner.

She thought nothing of it and kept walking towards them.

She heard one speak to the other, and just as they appeared to pass her, they tried to wrest her bag from her side.

She struggled and screamed and kicked out at the pair, and reckons she made contact.

"I nearly fell, but I didn't," she said.

After what seemed like an eternity ? but in reality only a few seconds ? they let go and fled when a man entered the far end of the lane.

She ran as best she could 50 or so metres to her car, got in and locked it immediately.

"That's when I started shaking. I sat in the car for five minutes until I got myself a bit together, and drove home," the woman said.

"I'm still a bit sore and sorry."

In the 22 years she has lived in Coffs Harbour, this is the first time anything like this has happened to her.

"You read about it in the paper and you think 'how awful', but you never think it will happen to you," she said.

"Apparently they target older people. Maybe they saw me and thought I was an easy target.

"That's why I'm quite proud of myself, that I've still got my bag, but it shook me, I must admit that.

"Somebody said to me 'you should have let your bag go', but I said, 'blow that'."

In the bag were her registration papers with her address details, her mobile phone and her purse containing $155. Her friends have kept telling her to be more careful when walking with her bag, and she says now she will be.

Never again will she carry around large sums of money, or walk down quiet alleys, and she'll make sure she parks her car in busier parts of town.

n The assailants are described as Aboriginal in appearance, and both wearing beanies. One is estimated to be aged 14, the other 19. If you saw the attempted robbery in a lane between Gordon Street and the Castle Street car park at 3pm last Friday, or if you saw the pair fleeing, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.



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