A 39-year-old man, of no fixed abode, will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning after being arrested while attempting to steal from a construction site in Harrison.
Around 4am yesterday (Sunday, October 28), CCTV cameras detected the man entering the secure construction site on Flemington Road, and a security guard was dispatched to the site. On arrival, the security guard saw the man attempting to steal from a vending machine. The man hit the security guard’s arm with a torch, before being detained by the security guard and his dog.
A Gungahlin General Duties patrol attended the construction site and arrested the man. The man had a key to a Holden Cruz which was reported stolen to police on Wednesday (October 24), and was parked next to the construction site.
The man was taken to the ACT Watch House, where he was charged with stealing a motor vehicle, burglary, attempt theft and common assault.
Acting Superintendent of North District Peter Davis said this arrest demonstrated the effectiveness of security measures to prevent theft from construction sites.
“We encourage construction site managers to properly secure or remove tools and valuable equipment after hours and on weekends, and where possible, install secure perimeter fencing and CCTV cameras, to help their construction site from being targeted. The security measures enforced by this construction site led to the arrest of this man by police,” Acting Superintendent Davis said.
The man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Monday, October 29), where bail will be opposed by police.