Pair involved in alleged theft and fraud

POLICE have charged woman and are looking for a man who might be able to assist with inquiries in relation to alleged acts of fraud in Coffs Harbour.

About 4.40pm on Tuesday, a 54-year-old woman was walking near Pioneer Park when she heard someone running closely behind her. The woman was knocked to the ground and her handbag was stolen.

Officers attached to Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command attended the scene and searched the area. Police were later informed the woman's credit cards had been used at a number of nearby businesses.

About 3.45pm on Wednesday, police executed a search warrant on a home in Bailey Ave. Several items were located and seized including a mobile phone belonging to the 54-year-old woman.

A short time later, the 22-year-old woman was arrested at Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with conceal serious indictable offence, obtain benefit by deception and breach of bail.

Marnie Donnelly appeared in Coffs Harbour Local Court today and her application for bail was refused. She is due to reappear in court on Tuesday, March 29.

Police are seeking assistance in finding a man involved who might be able to assist with inquiries.

The man is described as having a Caucasian appearance, 17-25 years old, slim build, about 180cm tall with short blonde hair. He was last seen wearing white board shorts with green trim and a light blue jumper with running shoes.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.



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