A teenage girl will appear in court today after allegedly assaulting a worker at a sports store in Adelaide’s major shopping strip.

In a statement, SA Police said officers were called to a Rundle Mall store at about 11:45am yesterday after a staff member was “assaulted by a teenager who was not known to her”.

“Police searched the area locating the suspect, a 15-year-old Hackham West girl, on nearby Grenfell Street,” the statement said.

“In her possession police allegedly located cosmetics and jewellery that is suspected of having been stolen.

“She was arrested and has been charged with aggravated assault cause harm and unlawful possession.”

SA Police said the teenager was refused bail and would appear in the Adelaide Youth Court today.

The statement said the staff member was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

In a statement, a Rebel spokesperson said the store was “temporarily closed while police investigated” yesterday, which was a public holiday in South Australia.

“While we are limited in what we can say as the matter is now before the courts, we are shocked and appalled by an incident in our Adelaide City store yesterday,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the matter was being treated seriously and Rebel would “continue to prioritise the health, safety and wellbeing of our team members and customers”.

Josh Peak, the secretary for the SDA — the union representing retail workers — described the alleged incident as “shocking”.

“We’ll be visiting the site today to get more information,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.

“We also expect that SafeWork SA should have been notified as well.”

SafeWork SA said it has been notified of an “incident involving a customer causing harm to a worker at a retail outlet”, and an inspector would be “making inquiries”. 

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