Police advise: open a bank account

Police in Mildura in north west Victoria recovered almost $100,000 and handbag and personal belongings of a woman who had her bag stolen from her shopping trolley while shopping yesterday.

The woman forgot the bag in a shopping trolley and drove away before returning a few minutes later to find the bag missing. The bag contained the woman’s life savings of about $125,000, which she was planning to use to buy a home.

The woman, an immigrant from Iraq, is believed to have told Police that she didn’t trust banks and preferred to keep her savings in cash on her person. The victim of the robbery was treated yesterday in hospital for shock.

Det Sgt Paul Matheson from Mildura police said “we encourage people to use recognised financial institutions and to remain vigilant with personal possessions at all times.” he said.

Source: Herald Sun