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Clumsy thief drops stolen goods moments after robbing woman after driving bike into pole

By Mason White 6:41 PM March 23, 2017
Man riding bike (illustration)
Man riding bike (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

A clumsy thief dropped stolen goods moments after robbing a woman after driving his bike into a pole and shattering his plastic toy gun to pieces, according to police in Australia.

Brimbank Embona detectives said that they are investigating two armed robberies in St. Albans and Deer Park.

The most recent incident occurred when 51-year-old Amie Mitchell was walking to her vehicle in the underground parking lot of the Brimbank Central Shopping Centre, at the corner of Neale Road and Station Road in Deer Park, on Thursday.

When Mitchell arrived near her car, she was approached by a man armed with a handgun, who demanded she hand over her belongings at about 9:30 p.m.

Mitchell as a part owner of the Muffin Break store. The woman has complied and handed over her two handbags, containing her keys, phone and $1,300 in cash.

The offender then pushed the victim and fled on his bike. The man has ridden about 10 meters before dropping the victim’s phone and falling off the bike.

He then got back on his bike and traveled about 50 meters before running into a pole, falling off his bike again. He has dropped his gun that was revealed to be a plastic toy after it broke to pieces.

He has finally managed to ride off and has dumped the victim’s bags on the median strip on Neale Road outside the shopping center.

Mitchell was not injured during the incident and she made it to her daughter’s 15th birthday party. In the earlier incident, a man on a bicycle attended a St. Albans Road service station in shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The offender approached owner Lawrence Lee, and produced what is believed to be the same toy gun, and demanded cash.

Lee complied, and handed over $300. The man is perceived to be of Southern European or Caucasian appearance and aged in his 20s or 30s.

He was wearing a black baseball cap, black hooded top, black gloves, jeans and white runners. Detectives believe both incidents are linked.

Anyone with information about the incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at