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Ballina food-store thieves arrested

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A man who allegedly injured a Ballina shop attendant who pursued him over stolen money, and his female accomplice – who police say helped him change his appearance after the crime – have been arrested at Wardell.

Police allege that the 24-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were seen shoplifting at a Ballina shopping centre on Sunday (March 19).

At a food store, the man allegedly stole a large amount of cash from the till.

Witnessing the theft, the shop attendant and his 15-year-old son followed the man and woman to a nearby park.

Police say the male gave the shop owner a small proportion of the money back.

The shop owner attempted to make a citizen’s arrest on the 24-year-old, who then struck his son in the arm with an object, causing a wound that later required three stitches.

The man and woman fled the area and police were called.

At 2pm yesterday (March 20) police arrested the pair at a house in Wardell

During a search of the premises they found several items suspected of being stolen.

Police allege that the woman helped the man to change his physical appearance after the incident, went to great lengths to help him avoid police and did nothing to help the victim.

The man was charged with reckless wounding, larceny, possessing a prohibited weapon and using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention.

The woman was charged with concealing a serious indictable offence, shoplifting and two counts of goods in custody.

Both were bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today

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