A man who bashed his way through glass into at least two businesses in Pialligo last night was captured on CCTV footage from several angles, giving police plenty to work with as they investigate the case.
The man can be seen wearing Adidas-branded clothing as he rips a cash register tray out and runs away with it in the footage taken at the brand new headquarters of landscaping business BruceWorks (the company only moved into the new premises a week ago).
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Forensic investigators will examine footprints and other marks at the scene of the break-in that occurred at the neighbouring Pialligo Estate’s Farmhouse restaurant moments before the BruceWorks burglary. A cash drawer and some liquor were stolen from the Farmhouse.
General Manager of Pialligo Estate Charlie Costelloe told the RiotACT the business was working with ACT Policing to ensure that the video footage from its several cameras could assist them to apprehend the offender.
“We have them on camera … so the police have all that,” Mr Costelloe said.
“The reason it’s still a mess is we’re waiting for forensics to come along … footprints and things … hopefully they’ll get a bit more evidence.”
He said “a whole stream of businesses” in Pialligo had been broken into last night, and several cars also.
The executive agreed it was a blow on top of the destruction last June by fire of the Pialligo Estate Smokehouse at Hume.
“Yes, it’s one of the years that keeps giving,” he said.
“And we had a big storm a couple of months ago as well, in fact it knocked over a tree and did lots of damage.”
In brighter news, the Smokehouse recommenced operations last August from a site nearby at Fairbairn, and has just picked up a string of awards at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
“Three gold medals and a champion’s medal for our smoked salmon,” Mr Costelloe said.
The main Farmhouse restaurant will be closed for a few weeks from the afternoon of March 5 for renovations.
“We’re just about to open up some space and give it a bit more flexibility, and change the menu.”
Mr Costelloe recommends keeping an eye on the Facebook page for news of the Farmhouse’s re-opening, and notes that in the meantime, the adjacent Garden Pavilions are now open five days a week.
If you have any information that could assist police in their investigation into the break-ins at Pialligo, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.