Police Charge Youth Over Attempted Armed Robbery

A 17 year old male youth has been charged over an alleged attempted armed robbery in Hobart today.

Police charged the youth from North Hobart with common assault and attempted stealing with force, after he allegedly assaulted a Metro bus driver this morning in West Moonah, prior to attempting to steal cash from a North Hobart chemist and threatening a staff member with scissors.

The youth was also charged with motor vehicle stealing in relation to an unrelated matter, and was detained to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court (Youth Justice Division) this evening.

“Tasmania Police is committed to protecting the community and local businesses and detecting and preventing anti-social and criminal behaviour with the aim of making our public spaces safer for everyone,” said Detective Inspector David Gill said.

“Our community deserves to feel safe at home, out in public and in their workplaces.

“We will continue to target anti-social and criminal behaviour and where appropriate, necessary and authorised by law, we will be charging those who offend, and putting them before a Magistrate.”

Anyone who witnesses illegal or anti-social behaviour should report it to police on 131 444, or triple-zero (000) in an emergency.

Information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at crimestopperstas.com.au. You can stay anonymous.

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