POLICE believe an incident in Orange on Monday night, when a young woman was threatened with a knife and her car stolen, is linked to a similar incident that occurred in Wagga Wagga yesterday morning.
About 10pm on Monday the 21-year-old Orange woman was getting out of her car in the Anson Street Woolworths car park when she was approached by a man allegedly wielding a knife.
He demanded she hand over the keys to her Ford Falcon.
The man drove off in her car and the young woman ran to a nearby takeaway outlet for help.
According to police, yesterday morning at about 11.35am a woman was standing beside her car, which was parked in a mall in Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga, when she was allegedly approached from behind by a man who threatened her with a knife and demanded her car keys before stealing her white Ford Falcon station wagon.
Police immediately launched a search of the area and sighted the vehicle, giving chase on the Olympic Highway at Henty.
The man turned off the highway and was involved in a collision a short time later.
The man ran from the scene.
He was being pursued on foot through a drain when he was caught by police.
During the ensuing struggle, a police officer sustained a minor cut to his arm.
Officers were forced to use capsicum spray to subdue the man and arrest him.
He was taken back to Albury Police Station where investigations were continuing late yesterday afternoon.
The injured police officer was taken to Albury Hospital for treatment.
The Ford Falcon belonging to the young Orange woman was found yesterday in West Wyalong.