29 July 2019

Harvey Norman hit in overnight ram raid in Fyshwick

| Lachlan Roberts
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Harvey Norman in Fyshwick sustained significant damage. Photos: George Tsotsos.

Police are investigating yet another ram raid, with Harvey Norman being the latest target in a string of such crimes across the nation’s capital.

Around 4 am on Monday morning (29 July), police responded to reports of a ram raid on the corner of Ipswich and Barrier Street Fyshwick, where the building had sustained significant damage and an amount of property was stolen.

Police have reassured local businesses that they are doing everything they can to arrest the criminals behind the spate of ram raids.

It is the 21st reported ram raid in the ACT in 2019, with businesses in Lyneham, Mitchell, Fyshwick, Greenway, Weston, Ngunnawal, Charnwood, Franklin, Hawker, Denman Prospect and Curtin all targeted.

Despite the spike in ram raids – with 12 incidents reported in the past two months – Minister for Police Mick Gentleman was adamant police resources would see the people responsible arrested.

“The community is quite concerned about these incidents and we have taken that on board and that is why we are increasing resources to ACT Policing in this budget,” Mr Gentleman said.

“This will see an increase in numbers and an opportunity to be in front of crime in the ACT, including these incidents.

“Police are active on the ground, investigating these raids. We have seen over the last couple of months a number of arrests into these sorts of activities and we will continue to see that.”

ACT Policing’s forensics were at the scene this morning.

Police urge anyone with information about this incident, or who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage in the area around the time of the incident, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6422234. Information can be provided anonymously.

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