ACT Policing has arrested a 23-year-old man following a burglary in Griffith on Monday (December 9).
Around 3.15pm a man returned to his home to find that his residence had been burgled. A number of items were identified as missing including electronic goods and pieces of jewellery. The items were valued at approximately $10 000.
The man reported the incident to police and a forensic examination of the property was undertaken.
That same day a man entered the Cash Converters store in Woden and sold a number of jewellery items. Police were later alerted to the sale and the items were identified as being those stolen from the house.
On Tuesday 17 December police executed a search warrant on a residence in Griffith and located a number of other items also suspected to have been stolen in the burglary.
A 23-year-old man was then arrested and conveyed at the ACT Watch House. The man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today on charges relating to burglary and theft.
Police said this incident offers a timely reminder to residents about the importance of securing their home and property over this holiday season.
“If you are heading away over the Christmas and New Year period it is important to ensure you take the time to secure your home properly before leaving” Criminal Investigations Detective Superintendent Paul Shakeshaft said.
“Make sure all of your doors, windows and side and rear access gates are locked, get a neighbour to collect mail for you and ask them to keep an eye on the place for you while you are away.”
If you see any suspicious activity occurring in your neighbourhood contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
Tips about household security can be accessed via the ACT Policing website www.police.act.gov.au/crime-and-safety/for-act-households.aspx
You can become involved in protecting your local community by joining your local branch of Neighbourhood Watch. Go to www.nhwact.com.au for more information.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]