- ACT Policing is investigating a collision in Braddon today (June 9) which resulted in the death of a male.
About 6pm police attended Northbourne Avenue, Braddon in response to reports that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.
The male was deceased on police arrival, he is yet to be to be identified.
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are on site and are investigating the incident.
The ACT road toll for 2009 now stands at seven.
Anyone with information which may assist police with their investigations is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
- A 40-year-old Narrabundah man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today charged with two aggravated robbery charges following his arrest in Dickson yesterday.
Police will allege that the man was responsible for the aggravated robbery of a pharmacy in Griffith yesterday around 12.30pm. It will be alleged that he was armed with a knife when he robbed the pharmacy, stealing a number of medications.
The man was seen entering the Dickson shops around 8pm yesterday. Detectives from ACT Policing’s Territory Investigations Group, supported by Specialist Response and Security officers, later attended an address in Davenport St, Dickson where the alleged offender was taken into custody without incident.
A number of items were seized in evidence after a subsequent search of the Dickson premises.
The alleged offender had also been sought by police in relation to the attempted aggravated robbery of the Medibank Private store in Westfield Belconnen on June 2.
Any witnesses to the aggravated robbery in Griffith yesterday who have not yet spoken to police or anyone who may have seen suspicious persons or activity in the Griffith area around 12.30pm yesterday are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
ACT Policing is seeking two males responsible for the assault and robbery of a 17-year-old woman in Baskerville Street, Chisholm late yesterday afternoon (June 9).
The victim, from Chisholm, had alighted from a bus on Baskerville St around 5.30pm and was walking on the right side of the street in a southerly direction when she observed two males walking toward her.
One of the males has grabbed the victim and pushed her to the ground, causing her handbag to fall loose. One of the males has then emptied the contents of the bag on the ground and stolen a white wallet.
Police conducted a doorknock of the area around the crime scene and enquiries are ongoing.
The first offender is described as about Caucasian, about 6‘2” tall (188cm); heavy set with a bulky build; short, dark hair cut flat; wearing dark jeans and a grey hooded top.
The second male offender is described as Caucasian, about 6’2” tall (188cm); heavy set, with a bulky build; short dark hair; wearing dark jeans and a white hooded top.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen two males answering this description in the Chisholm area, or may have seen any suspicious activity in Baskerville Street around 5.30pm yesterday to contact Crime Stoppers.
- ACT Policing has released the name of the 40-year-old male pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle on Northbourne Avenue in Braddon last night (June 10) around 6pm.
The deceased man is Gunter Rauch, of Reid.
Mr Rauch was crossing Northbourne Avenue on foot when he was struck by a Toyota passenger car travelling south. The incident occurred about 150 metres south of the Ipima St intersection.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the incident or can provide any other information which may assist the investigation, to contact Crime Stoppers.
- ACT Policing Traffic Operations conducted high-visibility patrols throughout the Queens Birthday long weekend.
Double demerits were in place from midnight on June 4 through to midnight June 8 for speeding and selected seat belt offences.
Traffic Operation’s Acting Superintendent Ron Melis said that the patrols were Canberra-wide and there was a particular focus on speeding and drink-driving in an attempt to modify unsafe driver behaviours.
Among the most alarming results recorded was a 28-year-old male unlicensed driver who was detected at 130km/h in a 60km/h zone on Tillyard Drive, Charnwood early Monday morning (June 8). This is particularly alarming considering the close proximity to the fatal collision on Karinga Drive, Fraser on Sunday morning (June 7).
Also, about 5pm Monday (June 8), a 21-year-old male driver was detected at 127km/h in an 80km/h zone on Adelaide Avenue, Forrest. The driver failed to stop when directed by police and when followed, was seen to drive off the roadway, onto a nature strip and stop outside a residence on Mugga Way, Red Hill.
Police arrested the driver and conveyed him to the City Regional Watch House where he returned a positive breath analysis of 0.091. He will be summonsed to face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.
Over the double demerit period police issued 86 Traffic Infringement Notices and delivered 44 Cautions. A total of 19 drivers were found to have exceeded the blood alcohol limit with the highest reading being 0.194.
“There are too many drivers and motorcyclists repeatedly endangering themselves and others by speeding and drink-driving,” Acting Supt Melis said.
“ACT Policing will continue to work through the winter period to keep our roads safe for all road users.”
- ACT Policing is investigating two inner-city robberies that occurred this afternoon.
About 4.30pm a man entered the Civic Video store on Lonsdale Street in Braddon and demanded money, threatening staff with a knife before making off in a white utility. An amount of cash was handed over.
He is described as 50-60 years old, wearing sunglasses, a beanie and a fluorescent jacket.
In a separate incident, three men wearing balaclavas threatened staff at the Braddon Club, on Donaldson Street, with a hand gun and a knife about 5.15pm, making off with a sum of cash.
Two of the men are described as being about 180cm in height, of medium build and wearing joggers. One man was wearing a beanie and a navy jumper. The men were seen leaving the area in a white station wagon, possibly a Sigma.
No staff members were injured during either of the incidents.
Detectives from the Territory Investigations Group are investigating the two incidents, which are being treated as unrelated as this stage.
Although Canberra is one of the safest cities in Australia, businesses are reminded to make sure adequate security measures are in place so they don’t present as a vulnerable target.
Police always advise employees not to challenge an armed offender should they find themselves in this situation, but to concentrate on the offenders physical appearance, clothing, mannerisms and mode of transport as this will be extremely helpful to investigating police.
Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers.
- ACT Policing is seeking the assistance of the Canberra public in locating a missing 21-year-old man, Andrew, who went missing from his Curtin home on Monday June 8 around 8.30pm.
Andrew is described as Caucasian in appearance and approximately 6′ (183cm) tall. He was last seen wearing light-grey shorts and a bright-blue hooded jumper with “repeat” written on the front in white lettering.
Andrew has a good knowledge of ACTION bus services and is known to frequent the Civic and Woden Plaza areas.
Police are concerned for the man’s welfare as he suffers from an intellectual disability and this lengthy disappearance is out of character.
Bus and taxi operators have been advised. Anyone who may have seen the missing man is urged to contact ACT Policing Operations on 131-444 immediately.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.