Woman knocked unconscious during handbag theft in Manurewa carpark

News from NZ Police
A woman was knocked unconscious during a handbag theft this morning at the parade of shops on Great South Road Manurewa at the junction with Kerrs Road (next to Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre).

At 11:20, a 34-year-old Chinese woman had finished her shopping with her mother at the parade of shops and returned to her car. She put her handbag down on the front passenger seat. A large male Maori or Pacific Islander wearing black gloves and a long dark jacket reached in through the front passenger door and took the handbag.

The woman reached across and grabbed hold of her bag and a brief struggle ensued. The strap broke and the offender made off. At this time the woman’s 66-year-old mother returned to the car and tried to stop the offender leaving with the handbag. The offender pushed the mother to the ground. She banged her head and was briefly knocked out. She was taken to Middlemore hospital and is in a stable condition.

The offender then got into a stolen silver Mazda MPV DGQ299 nearby (since recovered) and drove from the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to urgently contact the Counties Manukau Police.