Elderly man hit by a car after chasing a thief who stole his wife’s handbag in Townsville, Queensland

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Older man is hit by a stolen car after chasing a brutal thief who takes his wife’s handbag

  • Elderly man hit by car after chasing handbag thief in Queensland
  • The man, 70, was knocked to the ground after the stolen car drove away
  • He was left with a non-life-threatening head injury and multiple scrapes

An elderly man has been hit by a stolen car after his wife’s bag was snatched in Queensland.

The 70-year-old man and his wife were walking along Stokes St in the Townsville CBD on Sunday when they noticed a car pulled up near them.

A young man then got out of the car, walked over to the woman and grabbed her handbag.

The older man chased the thief back to a silver Ford SUV.

An elderly man was hit by a stolen car after his wife's bag was snatched in Queensland (photo: stock image of man's hand stealing wallet)

An elderly man was hit by a stolen car after his wife’s bag was snatched in Queensland (photo: stock image of man’s hand stealing wallet)

He was hit by the vehicle and knocked to the ground as it drove away.

Queensland police said he sustained a non-life-threatening head injury and scraped his body, while his wife grazed her arm after the incident.

Both victims were transported to Townsville Hospital in stable condition.

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has called for immediate government action as criminals became bolder and more violent.

“ People don’t have to worry about their bag being ripped off, carjacking, or having their car stolen while they sleep in Townsville, ” he told the Townsville Bulletin

Police found the abandoned vehicle in Tuffley Street, West End after it was stolen from a West End property overnight on April 1 and 2.

The occupants of the stolen vehicle have not yet been found, but police believe they are male teenagers.

The 70-year-old man was walking along the corner of Sturt and Stokes St in Townsville's CBD (pictured) when he saw a man grab a woman's handbag

The 70-year-old man was walking along the corner of Sturt and Stokes St in Townsville's CBD (pictured) when he saw a man grab a woman's handbag

The 70-year-old man was walking along the corner of Sturt and Stokes St in Townsville’s CBD (pictured) when he saw a man grab a woman’s handbag

A spokesperson for Police Secretary Mark Ryan has condemned the incident as scandalous and completely unacceptable.

“I know the Townsville police will be relentless in chasing these criminals to make sure they are caught and brought to court so they can be punished,” the spokesman said.

“Our thoughts are with the man and his wife who were victims of this terrible behavior.”

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