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Fake police on Tharwa Drive

By johnboy - 11 January 2012 27

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted aggravated robbery which occurred in Conder last night (Tuesday, January 10).

Around 10.50pm a man was driving along Tharwa Drive when he saw a car with blue and red flashing lights on the dashboard following behind. He pulled over to the side of the road when a man got out of the passenger door and approached his vehicle.

Once he reached the door the offender threatened the man with a steel baseball bat, demanding the man hand over his wallet.

The driver handed over his wallet. The offender returned to the car after the driver of the offender’s vehicle yelled that they needed to leave quickly.

The vehicle was described as a well kept dark blue Holden V8 Commodore. It had no stripes or stickers, and had stock wheels, rims and spoiler.

The offender is described as around early 40s, of Caucasian appearance, 183cm (6’) tall, dark stubble on his face. He was wearing a black tight muscle shirt and black pants. He spoke with an Australian accent and had an extremely deep voice.

Police are urging the public to be cautious and asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Fake police on Tharwa Drive
steveu 7:34 am 12 Jan 12

I believe the thing to do is ask to see their warrant card if you have any doubts.

creative_canberran 10:35 pm 11 Jan 12

You know if I recall correctly, there was a period in which many ACT Policing vehicles used the Commonwealth Z series number plates. I’m not sure why as there were also ACT Policing vehicles that used ACT number plates, I suspect it was some rushed transfer of vehicles from one branch to another.

In any case, the AFP is a Commonwealth agency, and ACT Policing assets are funded by the ACT Government under contract… why do the vehicles have standard ACT number plates? Surely it’s time to give them either Commonwealth or ACT Government number plates.

Henry82 8:32 pm 11 Jan 12

Rollersk8r said :

Such a bizarre story. How’s it possible to have an accurate description of the car but apparently not get the rego??

you’d be surprised what you can and can’t remember when in shock/confronted by a gentleman with a baseball bat.

I hope the police catch these people. This makes the undercover police’s job so much more difficult.

wildturkeycanoe 8:24 pm 11 Jan 12

Great ideas people, when a police car attempts to pull you up, for reason of RBT or other simple misdemeanor, you get out your mobile and add a hefty fine to the list. Unless you have hands free, I wouldn’t take that advice in case it’s the real cops.
However, I agree with keeping engine running,windows up and doors locked until identity can be established. A bat or knife means they are not the police and you need to drive like hell to get away.

ThatUniStudent 7:23 pm 11 Jan 12

dazzab said :

Say what? Handed over the wallet? That’s crazy. Depending on the circumstances of course but if I’m sitting in my car with the engine running and I see someone approaching the car with a bat I think my first instinct would be to boogie as fast as I could. Maybe that or reverse in to them as fast as possible. But no way am I just going to sit there and hand my wallet out the window. I’ll give the driver the benefit of the doubt but this sounds very sus. Regardless, hope these guys get what they deserve.

I think many a magistrate will consider backing over someone to be excessive force. Especially when by driving forward away from the situation you are removing yourself from danger. But yeah, if I saw a bat, I’d be out of there too.

j4ck 4:38 pm 11 Jan 12

Rollersk8r said :

Heyyy… That’s not the wallet inspector!

Such a bizarre story. How’s it possible to have an accurate description of the car but apparently not get the rego??

1000 internets for that quote! Had me laughing for ages.

On a more serious note, yeah…this is pretty scary.

If in doubt…drive to the cop station. I don’t know about using your phone while you’re driving though…is that illegal? 😛

screaming banshee 4:36 pm 11 Jan 12

Wheels and Rims?

I suspect if you keep driving for a little while these guys would just piss off and harass someone else…..or try and run you off the road.

Rollersk8r 3:09 pm 11 Jan 12

Heyyy… That’s not the wallet inspector!

Such a bizarre story. How’s it possible to have an accurate description of the car but apparently not get the rego??

qbngeek 12:25 pm 11 Jan 12

dazzab said :

Say what? Handed over the wallet? That’s crazy. Depending on the circumstances of course but if I’m sitting in my car with the engine running and I see someone approaching the car with a bat I think my first instinct would be to boogie as fast as I could. Maybe that or reverse in to them as fast as possible. But no way am I just going to sit there and hand my wallet out the window. I’ll give the driver the benefit of the doubt but this sounds very sus. Regardless, hope these guys get what they deserve.

I would go with drive to the nearest police station. If you have a mobile, call the police assistance line and advise them what you are doing.

I have had unmarked cars light up on the highway and I always drive to the nearest service centre or rest area that contains people. Called the police assistance line once and they told me it was fine and gave me directions to the police station in the nearest town. Got there and the cop was a little peeved but understood my caution at 2am.

Proboscus 12:21 pm 11 Jan 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I guess the thing to do if pulled over by an unmarked vehicle is lock the doors, wind up the windows, keep the enging running and wait to see i.d. – any other suggestions?

It must be frightening when you see blue and red flashing lights, get pulled over and expect a cop to walk up to and speak with you but instead a thug confronts you with a bat.

Now that this has happened I’d like to think that I would keep driving, call 131444 and tell them that an unmarked car is trying to pull me over. They would be able to tell you quickly if the car is legit or not.

If not, you can always pull over and:

(a) get abused by a police officer for not pulling over straight away or;
(b) get robbed by thug impersonating a police officer.

Either way it would make a great yarn at a BBQ 🙂

KeenGolfer 12:07 pm 11 Jan 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I guess the thing to do if pulled over by an unmarked vehicle is lock the doors, wind up the windows, keep the enging running and wait to see i.d. – any other suggestions?

If the car is unmarked then that’s fine. As soon as the person approaches your vehicle you’ll know whether they’re legit or not. Undercover officers will still normally be wearing their belt with gun etc (but may be hidden under a jacket) and will have their AFP badge to show you if required. They certainly won’t be wearing muscle shirts and carrying baseball bats.

00davist 12:01 pm 11 Jan 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

This really scares me.

Same Here

Honestly, I think if I’m ever the slightest bit unsure I’ll just keep driving at an even pace to the nearest police station, If it turns out to be the real police, I can only hope they will understand given this is going on.

Looking for signs like alternating high beams, and lights on the wing mirrors or bonnet lip, as well as pulling up somewhere where it is easy to floor it, and keeping it in gear are probably not bad idea’s, or putting the car into reverse with the clutch down/brake on as soon as you are pulled over so you can look for a cop uniform in your rear view might help.

Scary indeed!

dazzab 11:58 am 11 Jan 12

Say what? Handed over the wallet? That’s crazy. Depending on the circumstances of course but if I’m sitting in my car with the engine running and I see someone approaching the car with a bat I think my first instinct would be to boogie as fast as I could. Maybe that or reverse in to them as fast as possible. But no way am I just going to sit there and hand my wallet out the window. I’ll give the driver the benefit of the doubt but this sounds very sus. Regardless, hope these guys get what they deserve.

colourful sydney rac 11:53 am 11 Jan 12

I guess the thing to do if pulled over by an unmarked vehicle is lock the doors, wind up the windows, keep the enging running and wait to see i.d. – any other suggestions?

colourful sydney rac 11:52 am 11 Jan 12

This really scares me.

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