This in from ACT Policing:
A 20-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this afternoon (Tuesday, December 14) on multiple charges after he crashed a stolen car into another vehicle, fled the scene, and was apprehended in the backyard of an Ainslie home with stolen property.
Police will allege that the man broke into an Ainslie home this morning around 2am and stole a number of items of jewellery, and a men’s bicycle.
Police will further allege that the same offender then rode the stolen bike to Campbell, where he broke into another residence and stole a number of items including a watch, two mobile phones, an Apple iPad and a quantity of alcohol. He also stole the keys to a black Mazda 3, and drove away in that vehicle.
Around 8.17am today, police sighted the vehicle driving in Ainslie and attempted to stop it. The driver attempted to evade police, who terminated their pursuit a short time later.
At 8.20am, police received a report that the stolen Mazda had collided with a vehicle in Davenport Street, Ainslie, with the driver immediately fleeing the scene on foot, carrying a bag. Police quickly attended that location and began a systematic search, locating the offender about 30 minutes later hiding in a backyard.
The man, who was sought on a First Instance Warrant, will be charged with a number of offences including two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, one count of take motor vehicle without consent, and reckless driving.
Police are seeking anyone who may have witnessed the nature of the man’s driving in the stolen black Mazda around the streets of Ainslie early today. Anyone who can provide this information, or any other which could assist the investigation, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.
UPDATE: Thanks to readers who’ve pointed out that other media have noted this is the work of the infamous career criminal who, due to killing a girl in a stolen car when he was 15, has gained a magical cloak of anonymity under our ludicrous child protection laws and can only be known as “Clea Rose’s Killer”.