ACT Policing believe 14 aggravated robberies and burglaries across the ACT in the last decade have been committed by the same “violent, greedy thugs” after assistance from the public enabled it to link the crimes.
Last month, police identified a ‘critical’ link across five historic aggravated robberies in Canberra committed between 2009 and 2010, and they now believe a further nine incidents between 2016 and 2018 are also connected.
CCTV from the incidents released on Wednesday (1 August) shows two or three offenders but Detective Station Sergeant Harry Hains said officers were not sure how many people were involved and he believed they were still at large.
Detective Sergeant Hains said the offenders had used guns, knives and modified nail guns across the 14 robberies, some of which had yielded the offenders more than $80,000.
“They have been committed by violent, greedy thugs and I have a message for them: we will find you, we will knock on your door, and you will go to jail,” he said.
ACT Policing believe 14 aggravated robberies and burglaries across the ACT in the last decade have been committed by the same "violent, greedy thugs". The following historic CCTV footage has been released.
Posted by The RiotACT on Tuesday, 31 July 2018
ACT Policing believe two cars which were seen travelling together after one of the offences on December 11 last year, may shine more light on the people responsible.
Police are now appealing for information on a red Subaru Brumby seen travelling with a white Toyota Hilux between 12 am and 4 pm on 11 December 2017. The vehicles may have been seen in Conder and Point Hut Crossing.
Detective Sergeant Hains did not know why there was a six-year gap between offences but said police would continue their “complex investigation” and not rest until the people responsible were behind bars.
“This series of offences have not been victimless crimes. These violent offences have physical and mental effects that last with people for the rest of their lives,” Detective Sergeant Hains said.
“It’s very clear from the footage that’s been released that the terror that someone would feel having a firearm or other modified weapon pointed in their face and being screamed at to comply would last with people for a very long time.
“Over the years I’ve been in policing, I’ve seen people never return to work as a result of these offences.”
He thanked members of the public who contacted CrimeStoppers and provided information following ACT Policing’s earlier appeal.
“Every piece of information could help police, no matter how small you think it is. Even if you aren’t sure it is relevant, it may be the missing piece we have been searching for,” Detective Sergeant Hains said.
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.
Please quote reference 6283658. Information can be provided anonymously.