A man who used a knife to threaten staff at Domino’s pizza restaurant at Lanyon Marketplace early yesterday morning left with a bag of cash, according to ACT police, who found the vehicle in which the offender had fled the scene ablaze at Majura a few hours later.
Police are seeking witnesses to the aggravated robbery, which occurred at the takeaway outlet in Sidney Nolan Street, Conder at around 12.20am yesterday, and the vehicle fire, which occurred at around 4.20am.
After the hold-up, the offender left the restaurant and entered the passenger side of a blue Mazda 323 Astina with no registration plates on Box Hill Avenue Conder, before departing the scene in the direction of Gordon.
The man was described as being of a lanky build and about 5’7” (170cm) tall. He was wearing a black jumper with a white motif on the back, black tracksuit pants with a white motif on the bottom right leg and a black garment covering over his face.
A short time later a police patrol located the Mazda 323 Astina travelling on Lanyon Drive and signalled to the driver to stop. The driver did not stop and the patrol briefly gave chase before terminating the pursuit on Lanyon Drive.
At about 4.20am, ACT Fire and Rescue notified police of a vehicle fire on Majura Road, near the northern intersection with the Majura Parkway. ACT Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire. Police attended and confirmed that the burnt car was the blue Mazda 323 that had been involved in the robbery.
Police are seeking CCTV from the Lanyon Marketplace and hope witnesses to the aggravated robbery and the car fire will come forward.
Anyone who may have any information that could assist in the investigation should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6086272. Information can be provided anonymously.