An 84-year-old woman from Meerhoven was robbed of her handbag on Friday afternoon, January 15, 2021. Decisive action by bystanders allowed the police to arrest the perpetrator, a 16-year-old boy, shortly afterwards.

The perpetrator took his chance when the woman was on her way home from the Meerhoven shopping center with a walker. A driver of a car saw it happen and drove after the offender. Shortly afterwards, the driver was able to stop the boy and hand him over to the police, who were quickly on the scene thanks to other alert civilians. The woman was not hurt and the handbag was found again. The police have thanked the bystanders for their help.

Source: Police Meerhoven.