The crime report: North Shore



Baby Jesus stolen from Bridgepoint

Just before Christmas, a prop of baby Jesus was stolen from a Christmas nativity display at Bridgepoint Shopping Centre in Mosman.

Centre staff were shocked to discover the late-night theft when they came in to work one morning, finding not only the baby Jesus missing from his position in the crib, but also that a sheep had been taken from the display. 

CCTV footage from the centre was handed to police to aid their investigation into the incident.

A Facebook post from Christmas Eve reported the statue was still missing.

The nativity display has been a central part of Bridgepoint’s festive celebrations for over a decade.

Charges laid over orienteering assault

A man has been charged after he allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old girl on the Lower North Shore on 7 December.

The girl was orienteering in Lane Cove National Park at Thornleigh when she was allegedly grabbed on the arm and throat by an unknown man.

As a result of the alleged assault, she was rendered unconscious. A short time later, she was found by runners passing by and was then taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where she was treated.

Following enquiries, police officers arrested a 24-year-old man at Parramatta Train Station. He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intentionally choke person with recklessness.

The man appeared at Parramatta Local Court on the same day of the arrest, where he was refused bail on 23 December.

Car theft warning

Lower North Shore locals have been warned to stay on alert following a spate of thefts from cars in the area.

The North Shore Police Area Command issued a warning in early January after reports thieves were targeting unlocked cars.

NSW Police recommends locking your car, including doors, windows and sunroofs, every time you leave, parking in well-lit areas and taking your valuables with you to avoid theft.

If you have been the victim of car theft, report the crime to the NSW Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

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