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3pm bag snatching on Franklin Street

By johnboy - 20 December 2011 12

Police are seeking witnesses to a robbery on Franklin Street in Manuka yesterday afternoon (Monday, December 19).

Around 3.15pm a 57-year-old woman was walking along Franklin Street in Manuka, outside the Greater Union cinemas, when she was approached from behind by an unknown man. The man grabbed at the woman’s backpack and a struggle ensued. The woman managed to maintain possession of her backpack however her phone was taken.

A number of witnesses came to the woman’s aid and the offender left the area on a bicycle down Furneaux Street and then onto Canberra Avenue.

The offender is described as about 175 centimetres (5’9”) and aged in his late teens to early twenties. He was wearing white shorts and a red hooded jumper.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the robbery or saw a man matching this description 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.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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12 Responses to
3pm bag snatching on Franklin Street
BimboGeek 9:37 am 21 Dec 11

Junkies aren’t capable of thinking about anything other than the amount of heroin they can get from that handbag though. They choose to live this way. I hate junkies.

Mumbucks 10:45 pm 20 Dec 11

ramblingted said :

I can’t believe he was wearing a hoodie…

and red at that.
Top disguise!Perhaps he thought he was Red Riding hood on his bike riding boldly down Canberra Ave.
Book him.

ramblingted 7:30 pm 20 Dec 11

I can’t believe he was wearing a hoodie…

GardeningGirl 6:56 pm 20 Dec 11

Henry82 said :

GardeningGirl said :

In a worst case scenario if an elderly person falls during a mugging they can suffer broken bones and have a long rehabilitation and NEVER get all their former physical abilities and independence back, so I wish the courts would charge people who do it with something appropriate, it shouldn’t be seen as just bag snatching but as attempted grievous bodily harm or something even if the victim manages not to fall or be hurt.

The same result could occur with a young “fit” male, i don’t see why aged victims should invoke a higher punishment. ANY mugging that involves violence should be treated as GBH

Yes. I was thinking I must come back and add it’s not good for anyone to be injured during a mugging, a younger person might recover more quickly and completely but needing treatment and time off work and other possible consequences are still a problem. I suppose I am just astounded that there are scum who can’t imagine that having a physical struggle with someone like their mum or grandma could have serious consequences, or they just don’t care. Really, any time someone places a higher priority on obtaining some item they have no right to over the physical welfare of another person, even if somehow that other person fortunately comes through unscathed, the law should treat it seriously.

Brianna 6:52 pm 20 Dec 11

Dante said :

Start checking Stewart Flats.

Not everyone who lives in Stuart Flats is scum.
I’m sure our politicians who are busy mugging the system don’t live there.

Henry82 6:04 pm 20 Dec 11

GardeningGirl said :

In a worst case scenario if an elderly person falls during a mugging they can suffer broken bones and have a long rehabilitation and NEVER get all their former physical abilities and independence back, so I wish the courts would charge people who do it with something appropriate, it shouldn’t be seen as just bag snatching but as attempted grievous bodily harm or something even if the victim manages not to fall or be hurt.

The same result could occur with a young “fit” male, i don’t see why aged victims should invoke a higher punishment. ANY mugging that involves violence should be treated as GBH

lumpy 4:36 pm 20 Dec 11

Dante said :

Start checking Stewart Flats.

+1

buzz819 12:35 pm 20 Dec 11

BimboGeek said :

There are a lot of security cameras in Franklin Street that also capture some street footage. Takes a very brave or clever thief to gamble that he is not on camera. Even some locals have been caught out doing stupid things and providing their neighbours with hilarious footage.

These days CCTV is not really seen as a deterrent, if it was there would be no shows like world’s dumbest crooks etc.

Auntyem 12:28 pm 20 Dec 11

GardeningGirl said :

In a worst case scenario if an elderly person falls during a mugging they can suffer broken bones and have a long rehabilitation and NEVER get all their former physical abilities and independence back, so I wish the courts would charge people who do it with something appropriate, it shouldn’t be seen as just bag snatching but as attempted grievous bodily harm or something even if the victim manages not to fall or be hurt.

Totally agree!

BimboGeek 12:15 pm 20 Dec 11

There are a lot of security cameras in Franklin Street that also capture some street footage. Takes a very brave or clever thief to gamble that he is not on camera. Even some locals have been caught out doing stupid things and providing their neighbours with hilarious footage.

GardeningGirl 11:52 am 20 Dec 11

In a worst case scenario if an elderly person falls during a mugging they can suffer broken bones and have a long rehabilitation and NEVER get all their former physical abilities and independence back, so I wish the courts would charge people who do it with something appropriate, it shouldn’t be seen as just bag snatching but as attempted grievous bodily harm or something even if the victim manages not to fall or be hurt.

Dante 11:21 am 20 Dec 11

Start checking Stewart Flats.

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