Gang of African teens storm an Optus store and try to steal mobile phones – before bowling over an 81-year-old woman and breaking her pelvis while trying to flee
- Elderly woman remains in hospital after knocked unconscious by African teen
- He was among group of teens fleeing a robbery in Sydney’s south-west last week
- Investigations continue into incident at Optus store, where a watch was stolen
- Police released CCTV of teens fleeing the mall as one knocks over the woman
A gang of African teenagers who stormed an Optus store and tried to steal a mobile phone display knocked an elderly woman unconscious as they fled the store.
CCTV footage captured the group of up to 15 boys entering the store during the alleged attempted robbery at Casula Mall in Sydney’s south-west last Friday.
The woman, 81, remains in hospital with a broken pelvis after she was bowled over by one of the boys as he sprinted towards the shopping centre exit.
The woman on the far right remains in hospital after she was seriously injured when she was knocked unconscious as a group of teens fled Casula Mall last Friday
Police said Optus staff members confronted the boys after members of the group began pulling on items attached to the display by security cables.
The teenagers initially ignored staff directions to leave but were eventually ushered from the store.
Staff told police one teenager allegedly stole a watch while another attempted to steal a mobile phone but dropped it as he left.
CCTV from the Optus store in Casula shows the teens surrounding a phone display
CCTV released by NSW Police shows the group entering the shopping centre and fleeing shortly afterwards, as confused shoppers watch on and scramble to get out of their way.
It’s understood the teenager who attempted to steal a mobile was caught in an altercation with a staff member and is the last to flee the centre, knocking over the innocent elderly lady in the process as shocked bystanders rush to her aid.
The teen appears to drop something as he flees the centre.
Liverpool Police are investigating the incident.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police have released CCTV of teens they believed may assist with their investigations