Reason to Smile for 98 Year-Old Victim

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Fremantle SC Mark Baldwin delivers flowers to the victim on the left, with image of charged accused person on the right, fame covered with graphic reading "charged"

Fremantle Senior Constable Mark Baldwin delivers flowers to the victim.

Fremantle Police were instrumental in providing support to a 98 year-old lady who had her purse stolen while shopping – and thanks to some great teamwork were able to charge an offender within 24 hours.

Fremantle OIC Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton said the CBD Team responded to the incident quickly, offering support to the victim and immediately commencing an investigation. “We recognised some extra care was needed given the circumstances,” he said. “This was a 98 year-old lady who has lived in Fremantle since 1921 and never before had dealings with police.”

Police visited the victim at home and since officers at the station had ‘passed the hat around’ they were able to drop off some flowers and messages of support from the station.

CCTV images of the initial incident were distributed through Crime Stoppers and social media channels which went on to generate significant public attention. Murdoch Police were able to nominate a suspect from the CCTV images and Perth Police located and arrested this person.

Senior Sergeant Warburton said Fremantle Police were then able to complete the investigation, subsequently charging a female with the stealing offence. “Incidents like this remind us all why we became police officers,” he said. “The Fremantle Police Station team worked quickly and with determination to get a result, while the collaboration with other business units was a textbook example of teamwork. I was also very impressed by the level of compassion shown for the victim. The smile on her face should make us all proud of the commitment and professionalism which was shown to performing our duty.”