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Police Wrap – 1 August

By johnboy 1 August 2009 24

1. Beware the car park bandits:

    ACT Policing has issued a further warning to car owners with parking in multi-storey buildings about their need to pay close attention to security after burglars targeted vehicles parked in a Braddon complex this week.

    Between noon yesterday (Thursday, July 30) and 10.30am today (Friday, July 31), two intruders entered the underground carpark of an Ijong St, Braddon apartment complex.

    Intruders gaining unlawful entry to a Turner apartment garage

    While it is not proved how the offenders gained entry, police strongly suspect that the two men followed a vehicle in via the remote-operated automatic garage door. Three vehicle burglaries were reported to police as a result of this incident, with property damage exceeding $2000 and a number of property items stolen.

    Offender breaking into a car in a Turner underground carpark

    This incident follows on from vehicle break-ins earlier this month in underground carparks at two apartment complexes in Turner and police believe the same two male offenders are responsible.

    Police have conducted crime prevention awareness programs in those apartment complexes targeted and again would remind residents of their obligations to keep car parks secure and report any suspicious behaviour. Any suspicious males such as those in the attached images are to be reported to police.

    Acting North District Superintendent Dennis Gellatly said that the vigilance of apartment residents is crucial to prevent unlawful entry.

    “Every resident has a role to play in keeping the shared areas of an apartment complex secure,” A/Supt Gellatly said.

    “If you see a door that is not properly secured, or suspicious persons looking to gain entry then report it to police on 131-444.”

    Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity around an apartment carpark in Ijong St, Braddon between noon yesterday (Thursday, June 30) and 10.30 am today (Friday, July 31) to contact Crime Stoppers.

2. Big photo gear heist in Dickson:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident Friday, July 31, 2009 in which a Mazda vehicle parked in Dickson had been broken into and photographic equipment valued around $25,000 stolen from it.

    The vehicle, a Mazda Tribute, had been parked and secured in the public carpark bounded by Woolley and Cape Streets in Dickson between 6.15pm and 6.45pm yesterday.

    Stolen from the vehicle were a large number of items used for professional photography including a Hewlett Packard laptop, 2 Canon cameras, 2 hard drives, tripods, lenses, bags and flash cards to a total value of around $25,000.

    As there was significant pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area at the time of the incident, police believe witnesses may have seen persons acting suspiciously or carrying the stolen property to another vehicle.

    Any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity in the Dickson car park at the time of the theft and can assist with the investigation are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

If you can help police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

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farnarkler 1:20 pm 02 Aug 09

Unless you get caught and the car owner is a ninja and they turn you into a human work of origami.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:18 pm 02 Aug 09

So the message I’m getting is that even if somebody sees me and calls the police, and even if I get my mug on CCTV, I’m pretty much free to break into cars in Canberra without fear of legal reprisals? Because I could do with some new CDs.

ant 11:46 am 02 Aug 09

The Rex carpark thieves were usually looking for parking change. If they saw any change, they’d smash their way in. I imagine they’re still doing it. The costs of the damage they caused was huge, just to get a few bucks worth of change.

grunge_hippy 9:26 am 02 Aug 09

perhaps i should rephrase… who would LEAVE $25,000 worth of equipment in their car? if people break in to steal a $300 navman or tomtom, then a whole swag of professional equipment is a no brainer for the common thief.

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