11 September 2023

Civic bar thief was stealing from those enjoying Canberra nightlife, police allege

| Albert McKnight
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A man has been arrested after allegedly committing several thefts at Canberra bars on the weekend. Photo: File.

Police have urged those who are heading out to enjoy Canberra’s nightlife to secure their valuables and remain vigilant after a man was arrested for allegedly repeatedly stealing from bar customers over the weekend.

ACT Policing allege a man was seen trying to access patrons’ bags inside a Civic bar around 1 am on Sunday morning (10 September).

Shortly after that, a patron said their bank card had been stolen and an unauthorised transaction had been made.

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Police allege the same man went to several bars in the city between 1 and 1:30 am where he allegedly stole at least two further bank cards.

He was arrested and charged with four counts of unlawful possession of stolen property as well as single counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception and minor theft

He is also expected to face charges over similar offences committed in April 2022 where he is alleged to have been committing the same type of theft.

Police want to speak to anyone who was in Canberra City who witnessed or experienced any theft in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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“ACT Policing reminds people to secure their valuables including phones, bank cards and cash when on a night out,” a police spokesperson said.

“These offenders are opportunistic and securing items greatly reduces your chances of falling victim to this crime type.”

Anyone who witnessed these incidents, or was subject to any theft is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Quote reference number 7533655.

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