ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary in Erindale yesterday in which an improvised explosive device was used to force entry to a liquor shop.
Police were patrolling in the Erindale area around 4am on Sunday (July 11) when two loud noises were heard from the direction of Denigan Street.
Two police vehicles quickly attended the scene. A group of up to six youths were seen fleeing the location through the Erindale College carpark and all escaped apprehension.
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Inspection of the liquor shop indicated that the front doors had been forced open by an improvised explosive device of an unknown type. Several items, including mixed drinks and liquor, had been stolen from the premises and several bottles had been dropped as the offenders fled.
Fragments of the device were examined and removed by the SRS Bomb Response Team, and AFP Forensic Services attended to conduct a study of the scene.
Anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious persons, noises or behaviour around the Erindale Centre in Wanniassa around the time of the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.
Acting South District Superintendent Rod Anderson said that incidents such as this created the potential for a significant injury.
“Making and using improvised explosive devices is a proven cause for major injuries such as the loss of a limb,” a/Supt Anderson said.
“This irresponsible and reckless behaviour can only lead to tragedy and we would urge anyone who may know of those creating such devices to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided to Crime Stoppers anonymously.”
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery at the Foodworks supermarket in Higgins which occurred around 7:40pm last night (Sunday 11 July).
Three young males entered the supermarket, one of whom threatened the female staff members with a knife and another with a stick. The offenders stole an amount of cash. No persons were injured during the incident.
One of the offenders is described as 16 – 17 years of age, about 175 centimetres tall (5’9”), with a medium build. He was wearing a red hooded jumper as well as a white scarf covering his face.
The second offender is described as having a Caucasian appearance, 10 – 15 years of age, and about 140 centimetres tall (4’6”). He was wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper and a scarf covering his face.
The third offender is described as having a Caucasian appearance, about 14 – 15 years of age, and about 167 centimetres tall (5’6”), with a skinny build. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper and a dark coloured scarf (or similar) covering his face.
Police would urge anyone who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in the vicinity of Higgins at the time of the offence, or who knows the identity of the offenders to contact Crime Stoppers.
ACT Policing arrested two men in Civic on Sunday morning (July 11) after a violent altercation in which the men resisted arrest, fought with the officers, and had to be subdued with OC spray and handcuffs.
The incident began outside a Canberra nightclub on London Circuit around 3.30am, where the two alleged offenders had been involved in an argument and altercation with several patrons. A third man, an associate of the offenders, had fallen and hit his head during the dispute. He was conveyed to hospital for treatment.
Police identified the offenders involved and attempted to take one, a 22-year-old man from Lyons, into protective custody for intoxication and disorderly behaviour.
The second offender intervened and punched one male officer in the throat. The second offender, a 22-year-old man from Rivett, then placed a female officer in a headlock and attempted to punch her to the head and body.
Two other police officers intervened and both offenders were subdued using Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray, before being handcuffed and taken to the ACT Watch House.
The Lyons man was charged with harming a Commonwealth official, common assault and possessing a drug of dependence. The Rivett man was also charged with common assault, and harming a Commonwealth official.
Both were released on strict bail conditions and will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on July 30.
Another altercation between two men outside another Civic nightclub around 3.40am yesterday (Sunday, July 11) also required the intervention of police, with an 18-year-old man from Bruce arrested for breach of bail.