A Dunedin man and woman have been remanded on bail to next
month by a Dunedin District Court registrar after an alleged
crime spree on Wednesday evening that included a woman being
dragged along a Dunedin supermarket car park.
Christine Daphne McLaren (21), of Dunedin, is charged with
robbing a woman of a handbag and contents on Wednesday.
She is also jointly charged with Grant Robert Butler (23), of
Dunedin, with stealing a bottle Opal Nera, and one GPS and
charger, valued at $120, on Wednesday.
Sergeant Nathan White, of Dunedin, said police were called to
Countdown supermarket in central Dunedin at 5.50pm on
Wednesday when people in a Honda Accord allegedly tried to snatch a
handbag from a woman who was loading groceries into a
"Without stopping their car, the offenders have tried to grab
the bag . . . the woman has held on to her bag [and] had
subsequently been dragged along the ground by the vehicle.''
Sgt Matt Scoles, of Dunedin, said the bag-snatch victim
suffered minor abrasions and managed to retain her wallet
after it fell out of the handbag during the struggle.
Sgt Scoles said about an hour later, alcohol was allegedly
stolen from a car parked outside of Cableways Tavern in
Sgt White said the offenders drove from Mellor St at speed
and police stopped the Honda Accord soon after and
apprehended a man and woman.