11 July 2018

New information links five historic armed robberies

| Ian Bushnell
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ACT police say they now have new information that provides a crucial link between five separate historic aggravated robberies across Canberra, and have released CCTV footage of one.

The robberies took place from November 2009 to August 2010 and included KFC Greenway, Red Rooster Wanniassa, Lanyon Vikings Club in Conder and twice at McDonalds Fyshwick.

Superintendent Criminal Investigations Scott Moller said a single piece of information was now crucial to all five.

“An appeal for information was made following an aggravated robbery on 14 June 2010 at the Wanniassa Red Rooster store. A member of the public contacted Crime Stoppers with information that we now believe is relevant to all five incidents and we would like to speak to this person again,” said Superintendent Moller.

“If you are the caller I urge you to get in contact with police or CrimeStoppers.”

Police have also released CCTV footage of the Wanniassa Red Rooster robbery.

The five incidents are detailed below:

  • About 9:30 pm on Sunday 1 November 2009, an employee from McDonalds Fyshwick employee was walking to his vehicle when he was approached by two armed men, who demanded cash from the restaurant.
  • About 12:20 am on Friday 13 November 2009, a man armed with a firearm approached a Greenway KFC employee who was emptying the rubbish behind the restaurant. The victim ran from the scene to a nearby restaurant and called police.
  • Around 10:40 pm on Monday 14 June 2010, two male offenders armed with knives threatened a Red Rooster Wanniassa employee outside the store, ordering them to re-enter the store, where a sum of money was stolen.
  • Around 1:00 am on Saturday 26 June 2010, two male offenders armed with knives entered McDonalds Fyshwick and went into the manager’s office, where they threatened staff, demanded cash and left.
  • About 11:30 pm on Monday 16 August 2010, three male offenders entered the Lanyon Vikings Club in Conder. One man was armed with a knife and another was believed to be armed with a small silver handgun. They threatened an employee and forced him to access an internal office, where a quantity of cash was stolen. Another separate sum of money was stolen from one of the club’s tills.

Police are urging anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

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Coles Wanniassa has started shutting earlier due to the number of attempted robberies, there was a car crash attempt to steal the Wanniassa Bendigo bank ATM and numerous other incidents at this little shopping centre.

Let’s hope the police catch these criminals soon as outer Suburban crime in Canberra has been going gangbusters with never an active police officer in sight.

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