Thirteen alleged repeat offenders have been arrested as part of a targeted crackdown.
It all started on Saturday (1 October) when Operation Toric officers arrested a 42-year-old Bonython man for allegedly riding a motorcycle with stolen plates.
Police intercepted the man after he allegedly reached speeds up to 60 km/h over the speed limit on the Monaro Highway in heavy traffic, all while it was raining.
The man was forcibly removed from the motorbike in Fyshwick and arrested. He was charged with eight offences, including driving while disqualified, drug driving, aggravated reckless driving, unlawful possession of stolen property and breaching an Intensive Corrections Order.
Operation Toric officers then undertook a ‘day of action’ on Monday (3 October), searching for people in breach of bail or subject to warrants.
In one instance, a 28-year-old woman and two men aged 24 and 27 were arrested across Canberra. Police said they recovered a stolen white Ford van at one of the arrests in Macgregor.
Separately, a grey Hyundai Santa Fe was stolen from Macgregor on Saturday (1 October). On Monday afternoon, police saw the vehicle on Drakeford Drive with three masked people inside.
The empty car was found in Conder a short time later. When a 23-year-old man and two 15-year-old boys approached the vehicle, police identified themselves and arrested the trio after they allegedly tried running away.
Police checks revealed the man had been placed on a good behaviour bond after being sentenced for two counts of ride/drive a motor vehicle without consent on 19 September.
During these arrests, officers uncovered suspected methylamphetamine. As a result, a search warrant was executed at a nearby residence by Tuggeranong officers and a 49-year-old woman was arrested.
Towards the evening, Operation Toric officers found an empty stolen red Ford Territory in Canberra City after receiving reports of suspicious behaviour involving the vehicle.
A group of teenagers entered the vehicle about an hour later and were arrested at 5:10 pm. The boys – 14, 15 and two aged 16 – were charged with traffic, property and drug offences. One of the 16-year-olds was also charged with breaching a good behaviour order.
As a result of these operations, three stolen vehicles were returned to their owners.