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Mugging in Glebe Park

By johnboy - 24 September 2011 36

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery and assault in Glebe Park last night (Friday, September 23).

Around 7pm a 45 year-old-male was walking through Glebe Park on his way home from work when he was approached by four teenage males (one thought to be Aboriginal in appearance and three possibly Caucasian) who demanded his wallet.

When the victim refused to give the males his wallet and attempted to walk around the group he was attacked from behind. He was punched, kicked and kneed. The offenders stole his key wallet and a back pack containing a SLR camera with a zoom lens.

A witness approached the victim to offer assistance and was also threatened by the four males before they left the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses who were in the Glebe Park area at that time of the incident and may have seen the offenders or witnessed this robbery and assault to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Mugging in Glebe Park
buzz819 10:55 am 26 Sep 11

Ben_Dover said :

I await violet68 coming along to tell us how ACT parks are to blame for this mugging by creating Glebe park, and it’s not the muggers fault as they are mentally ill drug addicts and therefore totally absolved of any personal responsibility..

How dare you say that, it couldn’t be ACT Parks fault, it is definitely the young photographer’s fault for feeling that anything that he owns is his and his exclusively, that’s the fault of society, thinking just because they went out, got a job and spent a couple of grand on a camera, he should have given that money to the mentally ill and the druggies, you know, because they can’t be bothered to get a job.

I feel sorry for the young fella! Hope you get your stuff back! I’ll help anyway that I can.

Buzz2600 10:12 am 26 Sep 11

The Dark said :

As some of you may remember from previous posts I know alot of the glebe park ‘unsavory types’ (some could consider me one of them), specifically the large group of black clad youth that congregate there on a regular basis…

Can I point out to you that the crime was allegedly committed by four teenage youths. I wonder how the police or anyone else in the park are expected to recognise the difference between supposably nice emos just “expressing themselves” and these not-so-nice scum bags? I’m all for emos being allowed to “express themselves” but seriously?

It’s sad that Glebe Park has decended into such a no-go zone for 99% of the canberra population. Its a lovely space and more should be done to make it people friendly. There used to be a food court type place there with music etc. I say increase lighting, open up some cafes and open air markets and music etc so that it becomes more than a place for pervs and pimply youths to smoke dope and possible vigilanties/criminals – depending on their mood.

Ben_Dover 10:09 am 26 Sep 11

I await violet68 coming along to tell us how ACT parks are to blame for this mugging by creating Glebe park, and it’s not the muggers fault as they are mentally ill drug addicts and therefore totally absolved of any personal responsibility..

Watson 9:56 am 26 Sep 11

Years and years ago they banned the skateboarders from the bus interchange near where I lived. Immediately people started complaining that the place was now completely deserted at night and they felt more unsafe than before. So they overturned the ban.

Personally I would be happy to put up with obnoxious teenagers if it means that I can walk through there at night without fear for my persnal safety. But I can imagine not all Canberrans would trust the teenagers to not mug them… And lots would not be willing to overlook the underage drinking and drug use.

buzz819 9:18 am 26 Sep 11

The Dark said :

#8

From all over Canberra, mostly northside, there’s nowhere else for us to go.

I use the term ‘kids’ loosely, Most of us are in our mid to late teens.

I’m guessing your part of the group that sits in the corner near the stage drinking and carrying on then?

The Dark 12:01 am 26 Sep 11

#8

From all over Canberra, mostly northside, there’s nowhere else for us to go.

I use the term ‘kids’ loosely, Most of us are in our mid to late teens.

yellowsnow 9:59 pm 25 Sep 11

The Dark said :

As some of you may remember from previous posts I know alot of the glebe park ‘unsavory types’ (some could consider me one of them), specifically the large group of black clad youth that congregate there on a regular basis. The reason i bring this up is that incidents like this have been prevented by us countless times over the last few years since we discovered Glebe to be a good place to waste our youths, regardless of the circumstances, whether it be physically intervening in people being assaulted/robbed, bags snatched, creepers lurking around the toilets, etc …

Fight Club?

There seems to be one operating in Telopea Park too

mareva 7:24 pm 25 Sep 11

The Dark said :

As some of you may remember from previous posts I know alot of the glebe park ‘unsavory types’ (some could consider me one of them), specifically the large group of black clad youth that congregate there on a regular basis. The reason i bring this up is that incidents like this have been prevented by us countless times over the last few years since we discovered Glebe to be a good place to waste our youths, regardless of the circumstances, whether it be physically intervening in people being assaulted/robbed, bags snatched, creepers lurking around the toilets, etc, or even just being there with a noticeable presence with a view of a large portion of the park that would make any would be muggers think twice, especially around the afternoon and into the evening (often fairly late). The crimes being committed in glebe changed from being assaults/muggings/rapes/bad things, to some underage drinking and then some pot smoking amongst a small minority, which i know is still generally frowned apon, but it hurt no-one and still hurts no-one. Recently the police came out in force targeting us for this behavior and unfortunately drove most of us off, thus almost eliminating this FREE potentially crime preventing fixture in a place that is known to have its share of opportunity based crimes, after all prevention is better than the cure or am i wrong?

I know this has turned into a rant, my apologies, my point being, is that a few months ago, a clearly visible mugging being committed at 7pm on a friday night in glebe park would have been met with the 4 muggers fleeing the scene empty handed after being confronted by a large number of ‘riled up’ youth or simply walking straight past the potential victim after thinking against it due to the number of witnesses, both being a more favorable outcome to this poor bloke getting done over, if it weren’t for the police wasting there time hassling teenagers over trivial things.

I am intrigued. These kids, who are no longer there, from where do they hail? School aged?

The Dark 2:30 am 25 Sep 11

As some of you may remember from previous posts I know alot of the glebe park ‘unsavory types’ (some could consider me one of them), specifically the large group of black clad youth that congregate there on a regular basis. The reason i bring this up is that incidents like this have been prevented by us countless times over the last few years since we discovered Glebe to be a good place to waste our youths, regardless of the circumstances, whether it be physically intervening in people being assaulted/robbed, bags snatched, creepers lurking around the toilets, etc, or even just being there with a noticeable presence with a view of a large portion of the park that would make any would be muggers think twice, especially around the afternoon and into the evening (often fairly late). The crimes being committed in glebe changed from being assaults/muggings/rapes/bad things, to some underage drinking and then some pot smoking amongst a small minority, which i know is still generally frowned apon, but it hurt no-one and still hurts no-one. Recently the police came out in force targeting us for this behavior and unfortunately drove most of us off, thus almost eliminating this FREE potentially crime preventing fixture in a place that is known to have its share of opportunity based crimes, after all prevention is better than the cure or am i wrong?

I know this has turned into a rant, my apologies, my point being, is that a few months ago, a clearly visible mugging being committed at 7pm on a friday night in glebe park would have been met with the 4 muggers fleeing the scene empty handed after being confronted by a large number of ‘riled up’ youth or simply walking straight past the potential victim after thinking against it due to the number of witnesses, both being a more favorable outcome to this poor bloke getting done over, if it weren’t for the police wasting there time hassling teenagers over trivial things.

Henry82 7:01 pm 24 Sep 11

Watson said :

7pm is not exactly late. It’s barely dark by then.

It’s 7pm now, look out your window. You wouldn’t catch me walking down a path known for muggings in this “light”

Spykler 6:42 pm 24 Sep 11

Henry82 said :

Not sure why anyone would walk through there at night. there have been more than enough assaults, perverts, muggings and vandals to know its not a safe place at night.

http://the-riotact.com/tag/glebe-park

The nighttime doesn’t constrain some of them either..a few stories of daylight perv spottings..Setting up lunchtime camp in the low bushes behind the Parkroyal for a titillating view of a lunchtime lover’s tryst..

Watson 6:28 pm 24 Sep 11

Henry82 said :

Not sure why anyone would walk through there at night. there have been more than enough assaults, perverts, muggings and vandals to know its not a safe place at night.

http://the-riotact.com/tag/glebe-park

7pm is not exactly late. It’s barely dark by then.

Henry82 5:42 pm 24 Sep 11

Not sure why anyone would walk through there at night. there have been more than enough assaults, perverts, muggings and vandals to know its not a safe place at night.

http://the-riotact.com/tag/glebe-park

Deref 4:55 pm 24 Sep 11

About time we hired some armed guards to stake out Glebe Park.

mistertim 1:03 pm 24 Sep 11

…or if you see a Nikon D7000 with a 24-70 f2.8 lens being traded in somewhere. See more info on the Canberra Photographers group on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/canberra_act/discuss/72157627610296807/

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