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Bank robbers on a spree

By johnboy - 21 September 2011 18

ACT Policing is responding to two armed hold ups at separate banks this afternoon (Wednesday, September 21).

About 1.40 pm a man has entered the Commonwealth Bank on Wollongong Street in Fyshwick. He approached the counter saying he had a bomb and a gun and demanded money. The man left shortly after without any money.

The second hold up occurred just after 2 pm at the CPS Credit Union in Manuka. A man with a similar description to the earlier incident entered the credit union, claiming to have a bomb and a gun, demanding money from the teller. The man left with a sum of cash.

The man is described as in his late 30’s, approximately 170 – 180 cm tall, wearing a hat, light blue long sleeve top, long pants and carrying a brown briefcase.

Anyone who may be able to assist police with the investigation is asked 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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Bank robbers on a spree
Jim Jones 9:29 am 22 Sep 11

mareva said :

There’s a lot of crystal meth and heroin in this town and as such there is heaps of crime. There is also the lowest conviction rate in the country so a lot of reoffending. There are heaps of built-up units of public housing which concentrate disadvantage/drug dependency/criminal activity. Not saying this particular bank hold-up situation was related to any of the above issues, I’m just replying to your comment which suggests there wouldn’t be much crime in the ACT.

Any evidence for that statement?

Heroin usage has dropped substantially in the ACT over the past 10-15 years (as it has nationally as well). No idea about crystal meth use though.

There are built up units of public housing (which, having residents of a lower socio-economic status is always going to be a centre for certain types of crime), but no more so than any other city in Australia.

There is crime, sure – but ‘heaps of crime’ seems to be overstating the matter. The crime levels in the ACT are pretty low by Australian (and global) standards.

DUB 8:47 am 22 Sep 11

mareva said :

There’s a lot of crystal meth and heroin in this town and as such there is heaps of crime. There is also the lowest conviction rate in the country so a lot of reoffending.

Time for ACT Policing Drug squad to pay attention to hard drugs.Or are they having their fair share from deals in a back pocket, only fighting pot growers, who don’t don’t pay them for “protection”?
It is also time to reform judicial system, but , that is in everyone’s dreams I guess. 🙂

steveu 8:33 am 22 Sep 11

mareva said :

There’s a lot of crystal meth and heroin in this town and as such there is heaps of crime. There is also the lowest conviction rate in the country so a lot of reoffending. There are heaps of built-up units of public housing which concentrate disadvantage/drug dependency/criminal activity. Not saying this particular bank hold-up situation was related to any of the above issues, I’m just replying to your comment which suggests there wouldn’t be much crime in the ACT.

Agreed with you on that one. CBA Fysh does seem to be popular though…I was told that most banks have a policy with their staff that if they are involved in a armed hold up, they had the option of taking a severance payment pretty much immediately (on the condition that they sign over any claims against the bank for stress or other injury). Interested to know if it was true or not. If it was, I guess they must have high turnover in the CBA Fyshwick then.

mareva 8:18 am 22 Sep 11

DUB said :

Spykler said :

WTF???Commonwealth Bank Fyshwick- again??? what’s that , the 138th time its been knocked off in 2 years?Every time the news reports an armed robbery, the odds are better than 50/50 its going to be this branch..New staff must sh*t themselves when told they will be starting work there.

This is a first time I have heard that Comm bank was hit, usually, it is Westpac branch that gets hit frequently.Last time, I think, they had a guy firing a gun.
But anyway, for Canberra’s size, there are some pretty hardcore crimes happening.

There’s a lot of crystal meth and heroin in this town and as such there is heaps of crime. There is also the lowest conviction rate in the country so a lot of reoffending. There are heaps of built-up units of public housing which concentrate disadvantage/drug dependency/criminal activity. Not saying this particular bank hold-up situation was related to any of the above issues, I’m just replying to your comment which suggests there wouldn’t be much crime in the ACT.

In terms of this particular hold-up, I don’t think it’s quite the dramatic raid most of us have in mind. Canberra Times are reporting one woman in one of the branches held up, who was standing directly behind the guy at the time, didn’t even realise what was going on. Pretty meek hold-up from the sounds of it (which is a good thing).

DUB 7:44 am 22 Sep 11

Spykler said :

WTF???Commonwealth Bank Fyshwick- again??? what’s that , the 138th time its been knocked off in 2 years?Every time the news reports an armed robbery, the odds are better than 50/50 its going to be this branch..New staff must sh*t themselves when told they will be starting work there.

This is a first time I have heard that Comm bank was hit, usually, it is Westpac branch that gets hit frequently.Last time, I think, they had a guy firing a gun.
But anyway, for Canberra’s size, there are some pretty hardcore crimes happening.

Spykler 9:11 pm 21 Sep 11

WTF???Commonwealth Bank Fyshwick- again??? what’s that , the 138th time its been knocked off in 2 years?Every time the news reports an armed robbery, the odds are better than 50/50 its going to be this branch..New staff must sh*t themselves when told they will be starting work there.

caf 8:38 pm 21 Sep 11

dungfungus said :

(why are bank robbers always assumed to be male?)

For much the same reason that coal miners are.

MonarchRepublic 6:36 pm 21 Sep 11

dungfungus said :

I wonder he/she (why are bank robbers always assumed to be male?)…

Um, I belive in this case, it is due to the fact the offender was described as being male in the press release (& so presumably by the witnesses too)

lobster 6:34 pm 21 Sep 11

How did they leave without any money the first time? Did the bank staff put the screens up or something?

I like that the didn’t let that get them and they got back on the horse that bucked them off and tried again!

gentoopenguin 6:21 pm 21 Sep 11

Couldn’t he have waited one more day? I believe it’s Centrelink benefits payment day tomorrow – the off week to public servants payday.

dungfungus 5:37 pm 21 Sep 11

I wonder he/she (why are bank robbers always assumed to be male?) struck again in the Civic about those times because there were multiple sirens heard in that area (I was at Floriade looking for flowers between the commercial exhibits)

screaming banshee 4:52 pm 21 Sep 11

Zed’s new housing affodability strategy??

MonarchRepublic 4:28 pm 21 Sep 11

00davist said :

The Frots said :

Obviously the guy just received his power bill!

Either that, or he finds Wednesdays about as exciting as I do.

Or disappointed by the result of the ‘Canberra Punk Commute’, decided to engage in his own level of civil disobedience. He was wearing a hat, not a helmet… 🙂

00davist 3:53 pm 21 Sep 11

The Frots said :

Obviously the guy just received his power bill!

Either that, or he finds Wednesdays about as exciting as I do.

The Frots 3:46 pm 21 Sep 11

Obviously the guy just received his power bill!

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