ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to assist its investigation of an armed robbery outside the Red Rooster store in Rylah Crescent, Wanniassa, last night (Monday, June 14).
Two male offenders, both armed with knives and with their faces covered with bandannas or scarves, approached the assistant manager outside the store around 10.40pm, after it had closed for business and staff were leaving.
The offenders threatened the victim and ordered him to re-enter the store, where a quantity of cash was stolen.
One of the offenders was described as 170-175cm tall (5’7” – 5’9”), wearing blue jeans, white sneakers and a dark green jumper. He spoke with an accent.
The second male offender was described as being around 170cm (5’7”) tall, with a thin build and wearing blue jeans.
The thieves took the keys to the manager’s silver Ford Focus hatchback and stole the car. The vehicle was later recovered in Weavall Place, Kambah, where it was seized by police for forensic study.
Police are seeking witnesses who may have seen any suspicious persons or activity in the Kambah or Wanniassa areas around the time of the offence, or may have any information related to the stolen Ford Focus found abandoned in Kambah last night.
Anyone with information which could assist the police investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information may be provided anonymously.
To mark the start of Men’s Health Week officers will today (June 15) swap their police uniforms for soccer kits and take to the lawn of Parliament House for a penalty shoot-out against a group of medics known as the Doc’ceroos.
It is the first time ACT Policing is supporting Men’s Health Week, with Chief Police Officer Roman Quaedvlieg, official spokesperson for Men’s Health Week, recognising the importance of identifying and dealing with health related issues as official ambassador.
“As Chief Police Officer for the ACT I see a range of men’s health issues that our officers deal with on a daily basis. Issues such as trauma and stress from attending crime scenes, to fatigue and general body wear and tear,” CPO Quaedvlieg said.
Men’s Health Week 2010 is a nationwide campaign aimed at getting men to talk and think preventatively about their health – even if that is just as simple as organising some regular exercise and booking in to see a GP once a year.
“I urge men of all ages to look after their physical and mental health. As a police officer I know that maintaining physical and mental health is of the upmost importance to your wellbeing,” CPO Quaedvlieg said.
CPO Quaedvlieg is joined by a number of high profile ambassadors including Vice Chief of the Defence Force General Hurley, Preston Campbell (Gold Coast Titans), Danny Frawley (AFL player), Molly Meldrum, Bruce Ritchie (Men’s Health Magazine Editor), V8 Supercar Driver Mark Winterbottom and radio and television presenter Dylan Lewis, all in support for Men’s Health Week.
ACT Policing Traffic Operations was disappointed to note an increase in offences after conducting high-visibility patrols throughout the Queens Birthday long weekend.
ACT Policing supported NSW Police in their Operation Stay Alert by patrolling the arterial roads in and out of the ACT.
Over the double demerit period police issued 108 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) and delivered 38 Cautions. This compares with 86 TINs and 44 Cautions for the same period last year.
A total of 13 drivers were found to have exceeded the blood alcohol limit with the highest reading being 0.183. Three of these drivers were found to be repeat offenders.
Double demerits were in place from midnight on June 10 through to midnight June 14 for speeding and selected seat belt offences.
The patrols were Canberra-wide and there was a particular focus on speeding and drink-driving in an attempt to modify unsafe driver behaviours.
Among the most alarming results recorded was a 19-year-old male provisional driver from Sydney who was detected at 130km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Monaro Highway, Fyshwick around Monday lunch time (June 14).
Also, about 7.30pm on Monday (June 14), a 26-year-old male driver from Kambah was detected at 110km/h in an 80km/h zone on Adelaide Avenue, Yarralumla. The driver was stopped by police and issued with a TIN. The driver has accelerated heavily from the police checkpoint and was detected of driving at 104km/h in the 80km/h zone. Police have arrested the male on Hampton Circuit, Yarralumla. He will face the Magistrates Court at a later date.
ACT Policing will continue to work through the winter period to keep our roads safe for all road users.