June 2, 2010 5.27 pm This story is over 165 months old

High Street attack and theft suspect charged

Found fast: Police have charged a suspect after an attack and robbery along the High Street a week ago. [Updated]

— Later clarification: Catherine Oliver is the Assistant Manager at Vito Cataffo’s Zucchini’s restaurant on Silver Street, and claimed last week that she was robbed of over £2,000 when taking the restaurant’s weekend earnings to a nearby bank.

Cataffo offered a £10,000 reward to anyone who gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who robbed Oliver, and called for CCTV to be installed immediately in an alleyway where the alleged robbery took place.

On Wednesday, Catherine Oliver was charged as a suspect with these offences by Lincolnshire Police, as detailed below.

Police in Lincoln have caught and charged a suspect with theft and wasting police time, after a robbery on the High Street last week.

Catherine Oliver, 24, from the Doddington area of Lincoln was charged with the offences, and has been bailed to appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court on June 22nd.

The incident happened on May 24th, when a 24 year old woman was walking through St. Peter’s Passage (the passage running from the High Street to Mint Lane) at about 1.55pm, when she was pushed from behind and her pink handbag stolen.

The handbag contained a large amount of cash takings from a local restaurant. The woman suffered cuts and bruises to her face and arms, and was shaken by the ordeal.

Superintendent David Lynch of Lincolnshire Police’s West Division said: “I am aware of the alarm and fear that reports of such crimes may cause to the public, and would like to reassure the community that street robberies in Lincoln are rare.

“When we do receive reports of such incidents we treat them extremely seriously and conduct robust and thorough investigations.”

Source: Lincolnshire Police