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Duo arrested after stealing mobile phones and ramming police car

Lachlan Roberts 16 August 2019

A man and woman have been arrested in a shopping centre on Thursday afternoon (15 August) after they evaded arrest the previous day by ramming a police vehicle and leading police on a high-speed chase through the northern suburbs of Canberra.

On Tuesday (13 August 2019), police allege the pair stole mobile phones worth approximately $5000 from a Belconnen business. Around 1.30pm on Wednesday (14 August 2019), police observed the suspects in a black Mazda 6 in a carpark in Fyshwick.

As officers attempted to stop the Mazda, the driver rammed the police vehicle in an attempt to evade arrest. Police made attempts to intercept the vehicle in north Canberra suburbs but ceased the chase due to safety concerns.

Around 1:20 pm yesterday, police identified the man and woman travelling together in a silver Holden Commodore, before the pair entered Tuggeranong’s South.Point shopping centre.

A short time later, police arrested the woman trying to sell property identified as being stolen from the Belconnen business. The man was located shortly after and was arrested after attempting to flee.

The 31-year-old man has been charged with multiple offences including arrest without warrant person on bail, joint commission theft, drive while licence suspended by law, crash – not give particulars to other driver, arrest without warrant – breach of parole arrest and two property damage charges.

The 31-year-old woman has been charged with joint commission theft, drive while disqualified and arrest without warrant person on bail.

The duo will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (16 August).

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6427883. Information can be provided anonymously.


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