15 April 2021

Knife-wielding robbers threaten drivers in Belconnen

| Kim Treasure
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Police are appealing for witnesses to a series of aggravated burglaries. Photo: File.

ACT Policing is investigating a spate of car robberies in the Belconnen area where drivers have been threatened with a knife.

A spokesperson said police believe the incidents are linked, and they are hoping witnesses will come forward with any information that may help catch the culprits.

The first aggravated robbery happened at about 9:50 pm on Wednesday, 24 March, when a driver was approached by two men in Florance Place, Macquarie. The men allegedly assaulted the driver and threatened him with a knife before fleeing in his vehicle.

Police later recovered the vehicle at an Aranda car park.

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In the second incident, a pizza delivery driver was targeted.

At about 11:50 pm on Friday, 26 March, the delivery driver was approached by a number of men in Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda. The group allegedly assaulted him before fleeing the area in his delivery vehicle. Police later recovered the vehicle at an underpass in Chifley.

Then, at about 10:50 pm on Monday, 12 April, a man was approached by another man in Banambila Street, Aranda. The man was allegedly threatened with a knife, and the assailant then took off in the victim’s vehicle. Police later recovered this vehicle in a Macquarie car park.

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Police believe all three aggravated thefts are likely to have been conducted by the same group of people.

The people involved are described as male, 20 to 30 years of age, about 180 cm tall, caucasian in appearance, and wearing dark clothing with dark masks covering their faces.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or report via Crimestoppers quoting reference number 6774673. Information can be provided anonymously.

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