There has been a spate of break-ins in Canberra’s inner north in recent months with glass doors smashed and jewellery, laptops and other goods stolen from a range of homes.
In the past 10 days alone, jewellery handed down from a grandmother was stolen from a home in Downer and a glass door was smashed at a Dickson house while the owner was actually home.
A glass replacement service says it has seen a lot more activity in the area in recent months, with sliding glass doors and balcony doors smashed despite the loud noise that makes.
“We have replaced quite a few broken door panels between Braddon and Downer including Turner and O’Connor in the past few months,” said Jock Croker of Croker Glass Service.
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“We’ve had a lot more call-outs than we would generally get in that area.
“Obviously someone in the area is taking a liking to smashing people’s balcony doors and getting in that way.”
Mr Croker said that ground floor apartments are among the places that appear to have been targeted.
“He broke my glass door to my house while I was home.”
Affected Canberrans have taken to social media to warn people of the break-ins or in the hope of getting their belongings back.
“Just a heads up there is a criminal going around Dickson area breaking into people’s houses,” wrote one man on Facebook about an incident that occurred last Friday (April 5).
“I just had an altercation with the dude this morning when he broke my glass door to my house while I was home. He pretends to be delivering packages to your house and then breaks in.”
“The man stole everything!”
A Downer woman tweeted on April 4 that her house had been robbed the previous day.
“The man stole everything!” she tweeted.
“All my precious jewellery from my grandmother, gone. I’m broken.”
Another Downer homeowner wrote on Facebook that his home had been broken into in mid-February.
“The guy targeted jewellery and filled our bags with our stuff then stole my push bike to get away on,” the man wrote.
Region Media has also seen recent Facebook posts about a break-in at a house in Ainslie and a break-in in Braddon which involved broken glass and the theft of laptops.
A spokesperson for ACT Policing said that around 11:30 am on Tuesday, April 9, a 55-year-old man was arrested for multiple warrants, possession of stolen property, and going equipped for theft.
“He appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 10 April where bail was refused,” the spokesperson said.
“It is likely the man will be charged with more offences at a later date.”