27 December 2021

Knife-wielding raiders terrorise households in Christmas burglary spree

| Ian Bushnell
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Police say four to eight people took part in the Christmas robberies. Photo: File.

A group of knife-carrying teenagers or young men went on a burglary spree across four suburbs early on Christmas morning.

Police said Criminal Investigations detectives were investigating the series of burglaries and attempted burglaries in Curtin, Isaacs, Fadden and Macarthur that occurred between 2 am and 5 am on Christmas morning.

Between four and eight participants carried out the burglaries, and in some instances threatened residents at knifepoint.

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They stole a gold Subaru Outback station wagon from one home as well as Christmas presents, and then drove the vehicle to other addresses to commit further offences.

Police are seeking any witnesses, dash-cam footage or any other information about these incidents.

Anyone with information that can assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote 6996555. Information can be provided anonymously.

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These acts are horrendous, and I sympathise with the victims. However the acts sound very similar to an experience we had in Kambah, March 2020 and again March 2021. Could this be the same group of criminals? In 2020 these a**holes broke into our granny flat, stole handbags, keys wallets while we were sleeping, then stole our car to use as transport of the further homes they robbed. Our car was found later that day , totally written off after a joy ride, and most of the stolen goods in the car!! A similar experience 12 months later!! While no knives were seen, I can’t help but think these cash seeking drug addics have evolved and should be removed. If our local government cannot support our police force with the funding needed to address these issues what good are they.

The ongoing rise of violent crimes in the ACT correlates with the failure of our legal system and the reprioritisation of the police towards enforcement of Covid restrictions rather than targeting major crime. The embarrassment of the law in Canberra is growing, with the police now not turning up to home burglaries, unable to dedicate officers towards investigating drug trafficking or organised crime groups, and now failing to protect average Canberrans against violent threats during the holiday season. Our politicians need to fix this, and urgently – if they don’t then people will start to take the law back into their own hands.

If criminals, thugs and other low life, who come from a few well known Canberra families, know that police are no longer attending burglaries then they will escalate their activities. Is that not obvious? No police, more crime. Contributing to the rise in criminality are the Greens and their efforts to raise the age of criminal responsibility. We pay rates and taxes for government services, particularly for police protection, which is no longer being effectively provided. The Greens/Labor state is breaking this social contract and all you who voted for this mob share responsibility for their incompetence and mismanagement.

Finagen_Freeman11:53 am 27 Dec 21

Muppets need some reminder of civility. Time out of society will do everyone some good.

Capital Retro11:51 am 27 Dec 21

This is becoming the norm. If someone threatens another with a knife, isn’t that attempted murder in which case the person being threatened is entitled to defend themselves?

Apparently not.

The only way the police will take stronger action is if one of the victims is a member of the judiciary or a politician.

I am a Rabbit™2:31 pm 27 Dec 21

The statistics actually show that robberies is at an all time low per capita, but I suppose those can be ignored for the purpose of a good whinge.

Capital Retro7:06 am 28 Dec 21

The statistics (reported incidents) are simply window dressing. Several similar crimes in my neighbourhood in the past 12 months have been reported and the police actually attended but there was no feedback on the AFP media site and nothing in the mainstream media, nor were the offenders caught.

As in the police are now not reporting in their stats the crimes they are refusing to investigate? (Eg. Burglaries, break ins and thefts). Complete failure of the cops if that’s the case.

Have the Police actually gone out to any of these sites yet?

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