Two MacLeans College students were left shaken by an unprovoked assault and theft of one of the boys’ bikes, and another’s shoulder bag.
A police spokesperson advised “Police received a report of a robbery incident in Bucklands Beach on Saturday May 23.
At around 12.15 pm, two boys were approached by three men who assaulted them and stole a bicycle and a backpack before fleeing in a vehicle.”
The boy’s group initially numbered six, but four other boys ran off as the incident unfolded.
One of the victims Justin Weagle (15) says he was sucker-punched from behind and the offenders stole his new Mongoose Legion bike, something he had only just got after saving up $450 from working through the school holidays.
His friend Callum McIntosh (14) had his shoulder bag ripped off his body causing extensive grazing to his neck, and then was picked up from behind and thrown into the middle of Clovelly Road by one of the offenders. The bag contained an EFTPOS card and his student I.D.
Callum suffered significant cuts and bruising from the vicious attack.
The boys hadn’t seen the offenders in the area before but were able to describe their assailants as three Pacific Island males in their early twenties, possibly being driven by females in a Black Mitsubishi Outlander with “tribal” stickers on the rear windscreen.
In a strange twist, Callum’s mother found his school I.D card while out on a walk in the vicinity of Aviemore Drive. She hopes local petrol stations or liquor stores may have caught the offenders and/or their vehicle on CCTV.
Justin’s’ mother says the boys are now “terrified” by the ordeal, and questions the mental health support available when her son was directed towards his own GP for assessment.
Police are making inquiries into this incident and anyone who witnessed it, or has information concerning who the offenders are, are asked to contact Sergeant James Hudson at Ormiston Police Station on 105 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.