- ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery which occurred at the Calwell Club today (May 11).
Around 2:15am police were called to attend the Were Street address following reports of an armed robbery. About four staff and eight patrons were in the Club when two men entered and produced a knife and a handgun. The manager was then directed to the office to open the safe while the remaining staff and patrons were told lie down on the floor. The offenders then left the venue with a sum of cash.
Vehicle used in robbery
One of the offenders is described as Caucasian, about 5’7” (170cm) tall, with a thin build, and was wearing a black hooded top, blue jeans, white trainers, a dark-coloured balaclava, sunglasses, black gloves and carrying a knife.
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The other offender is described as Caucasian, about 6” (183cm) tall, with a thin build, wearing a black Adidas top with white stripes on the sleeves, grey Adidas track-suit pants, white trainers, a dark-coloured balaclava, sunglasses, black gloves and carrying what was described as a handgun.
CCTV footage obtained from the club shows the offenders arriving in a silver coloured Hyundai Excel four-door sedan.
No Club staff or patrons were harmed during the incident.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity around the Calwell Club overnight to contact Crime Stoppers.
- ACT Policing is investigating the robbery of an 18-year-old woman in Wanniassa on Saturday (May 9) around 10.45pm.
The victim was walking home from a bus stop near the corner of Gaunson Crescent and Langdon Avenue when the attack occurred.
A male offender has approached the victim from behind and attempted to remove her backpack.
When the victim refused to let go of her bag, the offender began punching her in the shoulder. The victim released her bag and the offender and two to three other males fled along Langdon Avenue towards the Erindale Shopping Centre.
The offender is described as Caucasian, with a ‘long’ face, possibly with dark brown facial hair, aged between late teens to early twenties and wearing a white hooded style jumper.
Police would urge anyone who may have witnessed the robbery, or who may know the identity of the offender to contact Crime Stoppers.
- In an appalling outcome from a targeted breath-testing campaign conducted last weekend, ACT Policing has found that 16 of the 42 drink-drivers apprehended during the operation have previous drink-driving convictions.
Police conducted the operation between Friday May 8, and Sunday May 10, targeting specific locations around Canberra.
Disturbingly, some of the results included Learner and Provisional plate drivers exceeding their compulsory .02 blood alcohol limit by more than 10 times.
One of the results was recorded from a collision in Kambah where the driver involved, a 35-year-old male with a provisional licence, recorded a blood alcohol level of .232.
In a second and equally alarming incident, a 21-year-old male learner driver recorded a blood alcohol level of .207 on Ginninderra Drive after a collision.
A 39-year-old unlicensed driver was stopped by police on Owen Dixon Drive in Evatt and recorded .213.
The highest blood alcohol reading recorded by police over the weekend was 0.329.
“Eight of the 42 people we apprehended had one previous drink-driving conviction, seven had two previous drink-driving convictions, and one person had been convicted three times previously,” A/Commander Colbran said.
“This tells us that there are motorists within our community who have no fear about being caught drink-driving. They simply don’t care.
“As shocking as these results are, as police it just increases our resolve to continue to target these people who have no regard for the safety of others. We call on the community to join with us if we are to have any hope of lowering the road toll while we have this many people ignoring our repeated safety messages about drink driving. Get the message out to family, friends, sporting team-mates and work colleagues that this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated. Drink driving is not bad luck. It is a crime and will be treated as such.”
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