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Brazen thief stealing almost weekly from Canberra airport car park ticket machines

By Glynis Quinlan 30 July 2018 21

Images from CCTV footage of a man stealing from ticket machines at Canberra airport. Images supplied by the AFP.

A ‘brazen’ offender has been regularly stealing money from Canberra Airport car park ticket machines over the last 12 months with police calling for public help in identifying the man.

The Australian Federal Police said that cash has been stolen from a variety of ticket machines at Canberra Airport and the Majura Park parking precinct during several incidents over the past year.

The thefts are now occurring on almost a weekly basis and have resulted in significant damage to the car park ticket machines.

Canberra Airport Police Commander, Sergeant Craig Fontana said information from the public would be very useful in stopping the thefts.

“These attacks have been extremely brazen so I’m sure someone can assist with the identification of the alleged offender,” Sergeant Fontana said.

“Any information the public can provide, however small, will be useful in stopping these thefts now occurring almost weekly.”

Images taken from CCTV footage released by the AFP show a man wearing a grey hooded jumper, black baseball cap, blue jeans with a black belt, black gloves, dark grey runners and carrying multi-coloured striped and black bags.

The CCTV footage also identified two vehicles linked to the offender – a white ute (thought to be a twin-cab Holden Rodeo or Ford Courier) and a white sedan (possibly a Mitsubishi Magna).

Police are asking anyone who has information that could assist them to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Information can be provided anonymously but please quote reference 6283677.

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Dave Phillips 2:45 pm 31 Jul 18

If it is a regular thing just stake the machines out with some officers in plain clothes in regular vehicles, when they have a go at the machine scoop them up.

bj_ACT 1:57 pm 31 Jul 18

Anyone find it ironic that the Airport group have been complaining about people stealing their parking money, when they have been stealing parking money from customers for years?

The company I used to work for moved out of Tuggeranong (the building remains mostly empty for a decade) for the subsidised office at the Airport. Suddenly I couldn’t catch a Bus to work any more and had to pay for a new car and exorbitant daily parking charges at the Airport business park.

The growth in the airport as an Employment hub, coincided with a slowdown in jobs growth in Tuggeranong. It was no coincidence, as both Territory and Federal governments pandered to the airport owners with road funding and staff shifting from areas like Tuggeranong. Government made the Airport owners rich at the cost of Canberrans in outer suburbia.

goggles13 6:41 am 31 Jul 18

this has been going on for a year and yet the offender hasn’t been caught? something’s not quite right. how hard is it for the police and/or security guards to be stationed somewhere near the machines waiting for the offender?? what am I missing??

actcyclist 6:23 am 31 Jul 18

I don’t support crime, but I think this is the least important crime happening in Canberra and Police have better things to do with our resources.

Steve Ulrich 7:00 pm 30 Jul 18

Isn’t afp responsible for protective security at airports?

Josephine Jacobs 6:02 pm 30 Jul 18

It’s simple really. Stop charging fees for parking! 😡

Richard Navakas 4:49 pm 30 Jul 18

I thought the owners of Canberra Airport were stealing cash off me for years. Who is this Johnny come lately?

A_Cog 4:07 pm 30 Jul 18

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/police-call-for-help-to-identify-alleged-electric-bike-thief-20180718-p4zs4m.html… and is it just me, or does this guy have the same grey hoodie as the elec bike thief?

    johnny 1:23 pm 31 Jul 18

    You may be right… I suggest staking out local Kmarts where they both bought the hoodies, probably catch both of them then!!! 🙂

A_Cog 4:02 pm 30 Jul 18

Ahahahahaha. This crime is funny.
With terrorism, bikie violence, and the disorganised crime wave of the last 3 years, I’m amused that our super-well-funded cops are entirely incapable of protecting a supposedly safe and secure site (like an airport) from becoming a playground for this crim. FOR A YEAR.

Stan Vizovitis 3:51 pm 30 Jul 18

So much for a high security complex

Blen_Carmichael 3:22 pm 30 Jul 18

It would of course be churlish to chuckle at the victim’s misfortune.

Harold Brown 2:58 pm 30 Jul 18

Feel like i have cash stolen every time i park at the Canberra Airport

Lauryn Roberts 1:10 pm 30 Jul 18

Put an ATM ink thing in it so when they bust it open they make a mess

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