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Police Looking For Two Men Who Robbed Wheelchair-Bound Man At Sydney ATM

Police Looking For Two Men Who Robbed Wheelchair-Bound Man At Sydney ATM

Police in New South Wales are on the hunt to find two men accused of robbing a wheelchair-bound man.

CCTV footage shows the 42-year-old victim, who suffers from spastic diplegia (paraplegia) cerebral palsy, approach the bank's ATM in Sydney's Haymarket.

A NSW Police statement says: "The man noticed two males in the enclosed alcove area where the machine was situated. After completing a withdrawal from the machine, he was approached by one of the men who snatched cash from his hands.

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"The two men left the area and were last seen running north along George Street. Witnesses assisted the man - who was not injured - and police were contacted.

"A crime scene was established and detectives from Sydney City Police Area Command commenced an investigation."

Credit: NSW Police
Credit: NSW Police

One of the men is described as Caucasian in appearance 'with a large build and red hair' who was 'wearing a black jacket and dark green pants'. The other suspect has the same appearance and has 'medium build and light-brown short hair' and was wearing 'a dark blue jacket and dark pants'.

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NSW Police are also keen to speak to two people who came to the victim's aid shortly after the robbery. They believe the duo could hold vital evidence to the case.

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The victim has been named as Julian Stewart, who told 2GB Radio that while it's a disheartening act, the 'karma bus' will catch up with the thieves eventually.

"There's no prouder person than me to be disabled," Julian said.

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Credit: NSW Police
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"These two hooligans decided to try to pick a weak mark but they picked the wrong person. They've booked their seat on the karma bus and they'll have no luck in life. I'm stronger than that."

Police uploaded the footage to social media, where people have flocked in their thousands to condemn the two men who robbed the bloke in the wheelchair.

People who have seen the post have called the thieves 'dogs', 'cowards' and a bunch of other expletives.

Detective Superintendent Gavin Wood also told 2GB that they will be using all the resources they can to find the two.

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"You can't defend people like this who would rob a defenceless person in a wheelchair with a disability," he said. "These two are grubs. I take it a step further: they're cowards."

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.