ACT Policing has arrested a 31-year-old Turner man following two attempted aggravated robberies over the long weekend.
About 8pm on Saturday (March 10) a man entered the 5 Star Supermarket, Braddon, carrying what appeared to be a meat cleaver and demanded money.
When challenged by staff the offender ran out of the store.
About 1.40am this morning (Tuesday, March 13) a man attempted to gain entry to the Caltex Star Market, Braddon, through the front sliding doors. The man allegedly approached the door with a stocking over his face.
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Officers from City Police Station were conducting a mobile patrol along Girrahween Street, Braddon, about 4am when they saw a man matching the description of the offender.
North District Superintendent Mick Calatzis commended the police response and that of the staff.
“The staff at Caltex should be commended for their quick thinking in deactivating the doors so that the man couldn’t gain entry,” Superintendent Mick Calatzis said.
Police arrested the man and conducted a search where they discovered a meat cleaver protruding from his pocket.
The man was taken to the ACT Watch House and charged with two counts of attempted aggravated robbery and going equipped with offensive weapon for theft.
He will face the ACT Magistrates Court today.