Police Wrap – 10 February

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1. Wanniassa Nightclub heist:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted robbery which occurred at The Maram nightclub in Wanniassa yesterday (February 9).

    Around 7.25pm a 31-year-old woman was at the Denigan Street address when a man entered the premises and attempted to steal her laptop. A struggle ensued between the woman and the offender over the laptop. The offender then released his grip on the laptop and pushed the woman causing her to fall to the ground. She did not suffer any injuries.

    The offender ran down the stairs, exited the nightclub and was seen running towards a mobile service station on Ashley Drive.

    The offender is described as being aged in his late teens to early 20s, of Caucasian appearance, around 175cm (5’9”) tall and had short dark hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt with a circle logo on the front and black knee-length shorts.

    General duties and Specialist Response and Security (SRS) Dog Team officers conducted a search of the area but did not observe anyone matching the offender’s description.

2. Bloody firebugs on the loose:

    ACT Policing has arrested two male youths after they were observed by members of the public lighting a grass fire in Mawson yesterday morning (February 9).

    The ACT Fire Brigade attended the grass fire, behind the Southland shops, about 10.30am yesterday (February 9). The fire was quickly extinguished.

    The fire was lit in close proximity to neighbouring businesses, including a petrol station.

    Police inquiries are continuing into the incident, with a view to possible charges being laid.

    A second deliberately lit fire was reported to ACT Policing this morning (February 10) after an 18-year-old man returned to his Stirling residence about 12.30am to find a small fire alight near his front door.

    The man managed to put the fire out with water before it caused any damage to his Crowder Circuit home. Inquiries are continuing into the incident.

    ACT Policing also responded to three deliberately lit fires in grassland behind the suburb of Fadden about 10.00am on February 8. The small fires were extinguished quickly by the ACT Fire Brigade.

    ACT Policing A/Superintendent South District Bob Wynn has issued a stern warning to potential fire-bugs in light of the on going tragedy in Victoria.

    “It is shocking to think that some of the fires burning in Victoria and NSW over the last few days may have been deliberately lit. This is something that police will not tolerate, and we will act swiftly, utilising a full range of resources and legislative options, to identify and deal with any people responsible for such an act.”

    “Prior incidents have shown us that these people like to light fires in reasonably public places, and as a vigilant community we can ensure that our suburbs are protected,” A/Supt Wynn said.

    “Obviously if a fire has been lit and can not be extinguished straight away, the ACT Fire Brigade should be contacted in the first instance,” he said.

If you can help police contact contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au


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tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 12:35 pm 11 Feb 09

Why did the woman bring a laptop to a nightclub???

Becuase it was probably just stolen from a car somewhere in the dodgy Southside ;P

fnaah fnaah 10:51 am 11 Feb 09

… possibly because she works there, the club isn’t actually open yet.

stirred21 stirred21 10:48 am 11 Feb 09

Why did the woman bring a laptop to a nightclub???

Qbn Gal Qbn Gal 10:16 am 11 Feb 09

“possible charges” – give me a break. They deserve to have the book thrown at them. To be lighting fires straight after the worst bushfires this country has ever seen is the height of stupidity and irresponsibility. And they are certainly old enough to know better. They can’t possibly have missed hearing about the devastation in Victoria. Let them off now and they’ll do it again and again. As a community that has been through this before we can’t risk it.

djk djk 10:19 pm 10 Feb 09

bubzie said :

and huh? maram?? please explain?

“Maram” is some combination of the new owners’ names or initials.

Luke the Scouser Luke the Scouser 5:56 pm 10 Feb 09

bloody melrose kids wagging & smoking in the drains,

GottaLoveCanberra GottaLoveCanberra 4:51 pm 10 Feb 09

If I found someone lighting fires the tire iron in my car would suddenly turn a funny shade of red.

Don’tchya just hate it when that happens?

harvyk1 harvyk1 3:17 pm 10 Feb 09

“with a view to possible charges being laid”

If they have been lighting fires, I want to see them hung up by their thumbs for the next 100 years. We can not risk having such people free in the community given the absolute danger that bushfires (or grass fires) pose to our community.

fnaah fnaah 3:14 pm 10 Feb 09

For those unaware, The Maram is a new Sports Bar / Bistro opening at the venue previously known as The Venue / Jackpot.

http://the-riotact.com/?p=10728

bubzie bubzie 3:01 pm 10 Feb 09

bloody firebugs!!

…actulary, this makes some sort of sence..i was at southlands yesterday, and noticed there was a bin with smoke coming out of it..

and huh? maram?? please explain?

realityskin realityskin 2:10 pm 10 Feb 09

What the hell is The Maram ?!?

djk djk 2:07 pm 10 Feb 09

tylersmayhem said :

Hang on, hang on…there is a “night club” in Wanniassa?!

I would refer to it more as a pool hall than a night club.. It is the old Jackpot Bar / The Venue / whatever else it was called before I lived here.

Starscream Starscream 2:07 pm 10 Feb 09

maram nightclub?

Sammy Sammy 1:59 pm 10 Feb 09

Lost in translation. I assume it should read “Mobil Service Station”.

seekay seekay 1:38 pm 10 Feb 09

What is a “mobile service station”? Exciting new PC Plod talk for a petrol tanker?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:29 pm 10 Feb 09

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted robbery which occurred at The Maram nightclub in Wanniassa

Hang on, hang on…there is a “night club” in Wanniassa?! In that case, I’d steer clear!

The offender is described as being aged in his late teens to early 20s, of Caucasian appearance

HOW DARE white people be generalised like this. It’s absolutely unforgivable! ;P

fnaah fnaah 1:01 pm 10 Feb 09

Doh. 🙁 Glad everyone was OK.

PS, policepeople: check your maps. The Maram is on Gartside St, not Denigan St.

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