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Chifley Burglar Wrestling

By johnboy - 13 October 2011 7

A woman confronted an offender in the driveway of her home in Chifley yesterday (Wednesday, October 12), and wrestled back her television set which had been stolen during the burglary.

Police were called to the residence around 10.15am yesterday, when the victim reported that she had returned to her home to find a man walking down her driveway carrying her TV. She confronted the man, who dropped the set and ran into the backyard.

The offender returned carrying a bag, which the victim recognised as her property. He got into the passenger’s side of a silver vehicle parked in the driveway. The victim grabbed the bag back and a tussle ensued, which led to the offender releasing the stolen property before being driven off.

Two people have been identified as persons of interest by ACT Policing’s Crime Targeting Team, and investigations are continuing.

Sergeant John Giles of the Crime Targeting Team said that while the victim’s actions were courageous, the concern of police was that such confrontation of offenders potentially placed the victim at risk.

“The view of police is that property can be replaced, but people can’t,” Sergeant Giles said.

“In this case, our victim acted on impulse and her actions did have a positive outcome. But we would prefer that in such situations, victims should avoid confrontation, immediately contact police on 131-444, or 000 in an emergency, and remember as much detail of the offenders and their vehicle as possible.”

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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7 Responses to
Chifley Burglar Wrestling
Spykler 10:48 pm 13 Oct 11

harryhaller said :

I’m not sure if I would have wrestled. These types of low lives often carry knives or other weapons, and who knows if they wouldn’t pull that on you in that situation. Brave woman though…

Or worse, confronting, wrestling, and hurting the offender and being done for assault..Not out of the realm of possibilty..

Mothy 2:14 pm 13 Oct 11

Police media release… syntax… all wrong…

“wrestled back her television set”
vs.
“down her driveway carrying her TV. She confronted the man, who dropped the set”
vs.
“The victim grabbed the bag back and a tussle ensued”

WTFBBQ?

harryhaller 12:42 pm 13 Oct 11

I’m not sure if I would have wrestled. These types of low lives often carry knives or other weapons, and who knows if they wouldn’t pull that on you in that situation. Brave woman though…

MonarchRepublic 12:36 pm 13 Oct 11

I too feel misled. I was hoping a new and exciting form of punishment had been introduced to the courts! Or a victims of crime, healing through retribution process… 🙂

In all seriosness, well done, and glad the victim was un harmed!

Buzz2600 12:26 pm 13 Oct 11

Bravo!

peterepete 12:06 pm 13 Oct 11

zippyzippy said :

Your headline made this sound a lot more exciting than it was — I thought it was the Chief Minister doing the wrestling!

Sorry for the victim though.

I thought it was going to be a tournament…

zippyzippy 11:27 am 13 Oct 11

Your headline made this sound a lot more exciting than it was — I thought it was the Chief Minister doing the wrestling!

Sorry for the victim though.

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