A Wodonga boy, just 10 years old, was left distraught after he was allegedly robbed of the $6 his father had given him to buy fish and chips on Monday night.
Wodonga Detective Sen-Constable Justin Foots said the boy was walking to the shops close to his home in Thomas Mitchell Drive with the money in his pocket for the family’s dinner when he was approached by a boy, 14, and a girl, 14, at 8.10pm.
Sen-Constable Foots said the youth asked the boy for smokes and when the boy replied “no”, the youth asked him for money.
“He’s been told ‘No, you can’t have my money’,” Sen-Constable Foots said.
He said the youth allegedly told the boy he would bash him if he didn’t hand over his cash.
The boy gave the youth his $6 and ran home crying to his father.
His father, who is on a pension, called police.
Sen-Constable Foots said the teenage boy and girl were arrested about an hour later at a house in Thomas Mitchell Drive and taken to the Wodonga Police Station to be interviewed.
He said the girl was released without charge.
The youth was charged with robbery and theft and remanded overnight.
He was bailed yesterday morning to appear at a Children’s Court at a later date.
Sen-Constable Foots said the boy was distressed but not injured.
“The boy was quite distraught,” he said.
“It’s disappointing to see crime like this happening to such a young person.”