ACT Policing were called to three separate incidents overnight where vehicles were set alight. (Thursday October 14)
About 2am police were called to Baillieu Court in Mitchell in response to a vehicle fire. A 1989 model Toyota Lexcen was seen to be well alight on police arrival. ACT Fire Brigade attended and extinguished the fire.
The vehicle appeared to have collided with a tree and sustained considerable damage.
Witnesses to the incident saw the vehicle performing a burn out prior to the collision and up to 4 persons decamping from the vehicle. They were observed entering a maroon coloured Holden Commodore which was last seen turning right onto Lysaght Street from Baillieu Court.
About 3.30am police attended Elizabeth Jolley Crescent, Franklin in response to a vehicle on fire.
ACT Fire Brigade was already in attendance and working on extinguishing the fire of a blue Nissan Condor light truck. It appears that the light truck had been driven over a grassed area and had collided with the boundary fence that surrounded a construction zone.
About 6 am police attended the intersection of Pinnacle Street and Kings Canyon Street in Harrison in response to a suspicious vehicle.
A red Nissan Skyline was left idling in the middle of the intersection with the lights on and the rear quarter panel window smashed. Police were unable to move the vehicle as it had sustained mechanical damage. Enquiries revealed the vehicle had been stolen during the night.
Police suspect this vehicle is linked to the two earlier incidents and that the offenders may have been disturbed prior to setting it alight.
Police urge anyone who may have witnessed any of these incidents or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the areas at the time of the incidents to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
ACT Policing has arrested a 23-year-old man following an aggravated robbery in the Myer store at the Belconnen Mall on Tuesday (October 12).
About 1.10pm the alleged offender left the Myer store in possession of a number of kitchen items. He was approached by a Myer staff member and produced a small knife in an attempt to scare the staff member off.
The alleged offender then left the scene with the items in his possession.
Police identified the alleged offender using CCTV footage and located him at his residence later that day. He was arrested and taken to the ACT Watch House.
The man was charged with aggravated robbery and bailed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.
ACT Policing has arrested a 30-year-old Scullin man after conducting a consensual search of a vehicle yesterday (Thursday October 14).
At about 12.40pm police received a report from a member of the public about the threatening behaviour of a male in a gold coloured Dodge Nitro.
The vehicle was discovered in Tuggeranong with three males inside. The owner of the vehicle consented to his car being searched. Police located ammunition and a trafficable amount of cannabis.
The male has been charged with Possession of a trafficable amount of cannabis, going equipped for theft and Possession of ammunition. He will face the Magistrates Court this morning. Police will be opposing bail.
ACT Policing has arrested a 23-year-old Queanbeyan man after he was allegedly caught driving with a high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) early this morning (October 15) on two separate occasions.
About 1.50am on Friday October 15 Police stopped the man on Wilden Street, Civic. The man was subjected to a roadside screening test which returned a positive reading and was taken to City Police Station. The man was found to be driving with a BAC of 0.139. The man was released to be summonsed at a later date.
About 3am Police stopped the same vehicle, a grey Toyota Camry, on McCoy Circuit, Acton. The same man was behind the wheel and was stopped for a random breath test. The man’s initial test was allegedly above the legal limit and he was taken to City Police Station where he recorded a BAC of 0.119 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
The man was placed under arrest, transported to the ACT Watch House where he was charged with two counts of Drive motor vehicle with alcohol in blood. The man has been given Watch House Bail and will be summonsed to court at a later date.
ACT Policing’s DNA back-capture project, known as project Anzio, has reached 600 samples obtained, with police continually identifying people eligible for sampling.
The project, which commenced in 2008, requires police to obtain forensic samples, including DNA and fingerprints, from serious offenders in the ACT.
A serious offender is defined as a person who has been convicted of an offence which carries a sentence of more than 12 months imprisonment, or an interstate offence carrying a sentence of imprisonment of 2 years or more.
All samples taken are held within the National Criminal Investigations DNA Database (NCIDD).
Project Anzio is an ongoing process with up to 10 people per week assessed as being eligible for sampling.
As of July 2010 Project Anzio samples have been linked to 415 crime scenes both in the ACT and interstate, including 3 sexual assaults in NSW and 1 in Victoria.