TWO men have been charged with the aggravated assault and attempted robbery of a man who tried to use a Tamworth ATM.
Steven Clare, 21, and his 16-year-old co-accused, who can’t be named for legal reasons, appeared in the dock of Tamworth Local Court after they were arrested early yesterday morning.
Police say a man was trying to use the Commonwealth Bank ATM in Peel St after midnight when he was approached by two men.
Oxley acting crime manager Detective John Summers said the victim had concerns about what would happen next.
“The victim feared he may about to have been robbed and cancelled his transaction,” he said.
“As this occurred it’s alleged one of the males forced the victim to the ground and held him there.
“A second male was then alleged to have attempted to access the account, but was unsuccessful.”
The ATM seized the card after incorrect attempts before the offenders fled empty-handed.
The victim didn’t sustain any serious injuries but reported the incident to police shortly after.
Officers launched a patrol of the Tamworth CBD after a description of the alleged offenders was circulated.
Not long after two men matching the description were found in Peel St, a short distance away from the ATM.
“As a result of the investigation both offenders were identified and arrested,” Detective Summers said.
“Both were charged with aggravated assault with intent to rob, and intimidation.”
A crime scene was set up near the ATM and forensic crews scoured the scene for fingerprints yesterday morning.
The bank card was seized for examination.
During brief appearances in Tamworth Local Court yesterday the 21-year-old and 16-year-old applied for bail but were unsuccessful.
Detective Summers said police wanted to allay any fears within the community, adding that the incident was an isolated and targeted attack.
“The victim is known to the offenders,” he said.
“This is not a regular occurrence.
“While we do urge people to be mindful when using ATMs, these alleged offenders have been arrested and put before the courts.”
Clare will remain behind bars until his case returns to Tamworth Local Court on November 13.
The 16-year-old will reappear on October 22.