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Police Wrap – 14 April

By johnboy - 14 April 2009 7

1. Wanniassa Crash:

    ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision in Wanniassa today (Sunday, April 12) which has resulted in the serious injury of a 34-year-old Chisholm man.

    Just after midnight a white sedan travelling south-west on Erindale Drive towards Tuggeranong left the road onto the median strip taking down two light posts before coming to a stop.

    An off duty police officer was the first on the scene and notified police, ACT Ambulance and ACT Fire Brigade services who helped remove the man from the vehicle.

    The driver, travelling alone in the vehicle, was taken to Canberra Hospital in a serious condition.

2. Forrest stairwell robbery:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in the stairwell of an apartment block in Forrest yesterday.

    Around 1pm yesterday (Sunday, April 12), police attended an apartment block on the corner of Dominion Circuit and Canberra Avenue in Forrest, where the victim, a 37-year-old Narrabundah man, reported that he had been assaulted and robbed.

    The victim said he had been visiting a friend at the apartment block around 10.30am on Sunday when he passed three males standing in the stairwell. As he passed the men, one of his assailants sprayed an irritant into the victim’s eyes and he was then struck on the jaw by one of the offenders.

    The offenders stole the victim’s wallet and backpack containing a notebook computer and wireless modem, cheques, and some personal papers.

    Further investigation by police at the location found that one of the apartments in the building had been burgled, and may be linked to the same offenders.

    AFP Forensic Services attended the location and took several samples for analysis.

    One of the offenders has been described as Caucasian and between 25-30 years old.

    The second offender has been described as slim, around 70kg, and wearing an oversized white hooded jumper with the hood pulled up around his head.

    The third offender has been described as Islander in appearance, about 170cm (5’7”) tall, weighing between 80-90kg, of muscular build and wearing a dark grey or navy hooded jumper.

    Police believe the offenders left the location in a late 1980s or early 1990s metallic bronze-coloured four-door sedan, possibly a Nissan Skyline.

3. Greenway home invasion:

    ACT Policing has charged one man and is questioning another in relation to an alleged home invasion in Greenway last night (Sunday, April 12).

    Police will allege that offenders wearing balaclavas and armed with weapons including a baseball bat entered a Dods Place, Greenway residence last night around 8.30pm and assaulted two men, aged 19 and 20 respectively, as well as a 16-year-old girl.

    The two male victims received cuts and bruises and were treated by ACT Ambulance officers at the location, while the teenage girl was uninjured. A laptop and a wallet were allegedly stolen during the aggravated burglary.

    Acting on information received, police attended a Khull Crescent, Kambah address around 3.15am today where they conducted a search and arrested a 19-year-old man. He has since been charged with aggravated burglary and damage to property and has been held in the Regional Watch House. He will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court tomorrow (Tuesday, April 14)

    AFP Forensic Services attended the Greenway address and a number of items were seized as evidence.

    Police returned to a second Kambah home in Khull Crescent today around 2pm, and a search was conducted of the residence. A 20-year-old man from that residence is currently being interviewed by police.

    Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police and may have seen or heard suspicious persons or activity in Dods Place, Greenway last night are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

4. More on Greenway:

    ACT Policing has charged a second man in relation to an alleged home invasion in Greenway on Sunday.

    Police will allege that offenders wearing balaclavas and armed with weapons including a baseball bat and knife entered a Dods Place, Greenway residence around 8.30pm, Sunday April 12 and assaulted two men, aged 19 and 20 respectively, as well as a 16-year-old girl.

    Police returned to a second Kambah home in Khull Crescent yesterday, and a search was conducted of the residence. A 24-year-old man from that residence has been arrested and will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today on charges of aggravated burglary and possess stolen property.

5. Stolen Fyshwick crap-boxes:

    ACT Policing is investigating the theft of four vehicles from a Fyshwick car yard late Monday, April 13.

    Police were called to a car yard in Lyell St, Fyshwick yesterday around 11pm, where they found a gate to the yard unsecured and a number of cars missing from the lot.

    The owner of the premises later confirmed that four vehicles were stolen: a red Nissan Pintara (with ACT registration YTY-973); a red Toyota RAV4 (with NSW registration AZ7-7VC); an unregistered blue-grey Holden Vectra wagon and an unregistered white Holden Vectra sedan.

    The total retail value of the missing vehicles is $22,000.

    Two men were observed acting suspiciously near the yard at 19 Lyell St around 10pm yesterday.

    Police would urge anyone who may have observed these men or any other suspicious behaviour around the premises at the time of the theft to contact Crime Stoppers

6. Acting Superintendent Daryl Neit, once again, disappointed with you:

    One death and a serious injury, together with 64 speeding offences, was a poor outcome for Canberra motorists over the Easter long weekend, said ACT Policing’s head of Traffic Operations.

    Acting Superintendent Daryl Neit noted that 151 Traffic Infringement Notices were issued over the four-day double-demerit Easter period, 29 more than for the same period in 2008.

    Of even greater concern was the single vehicle collision in Uriarra on Friday, in which a 25-year-old man was killed. This was followed by another serious incident early on Sunday morning (April 12), when a sedan driven by a 35-year-old Chisholm man struck two light poles on Erindale Drive. The driver remains in a serious condition.

    ACT Policing breath-tested 611 motorists over the Easter period. Of these, 23 returned a positive blood alcohol reading. The highest was 0.245, recorded by a 33-year-old male driver in Nicholls on Saturday night (April 11).

    “This has been a tragic Easter for one Canberra family but with the severity of the Erindale Drive collision on Sunday and the excessive number of drink drivers detected, it could quite easily have been even worse,” A/Supt Neit said.

    “While the number of drink drivers detected is 10 less than for Easter last year, this is still an unacceptable outcome and people are continuing to ignore the warnings about drink driving, speeding and their potential tragic consequences.”

    Of the 64 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) issued over Easter for speeding, two offenders were clocked at speeds of 45 km/h or more above the speed limit. The highest speed infringement recorded was 153km/h in a 100km/h zone on Uriarra Rd, near the location of Friday’s fatality.

    The ACT road toll for 2009 now stands at 5.

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

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Police Wrap – 14 April
dvaey 2:32 pm 15 Apr 09

… 6. Acting Superintendent Daryl Neit, once again, disappointed with you: …

I just saw an interesting article from CT at http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/police-call-on-canberrans-to-dob-in-dangerous-drivers/1486722.aspx about ‘dobbing in dangerous drivers’. Saturday night, in the middle of the police blitz, I saw a marked police sedan with only one traffic light. Upon getting closer, I noticed this vehicle had sustained accident damage to the front left quarter of the vehicle, hence the broken headlight. If a member of the public was driving that vehicle, they should rightfully be defected and probably issued with a double-point fine.

Has anyone else seen this police vehicle driving around and wondered the same thing?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:07 pm 15 Apr 09

Good call! Still, it’s not like my old Berlina’s worth more than about 20 cents at the moment anyway.

Doctor Evil 12:03 pm 15 Apr 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

The 2 unrego’ed vectras wouldn’t be worth much, and the pintara would be lucky to be worth a few hundred bucks.

Don’t bet on it – those vectras and all other holdens will be collectors items soon enough.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:10 am 15 Apr 09

The 2 unrego’ed vectras wouldn’t be worth much, and the pintara would be lucky to be worth a few hundred bucks.

Hugh Lews 10:06 am 15 Apr 09

“Total reatil value is $22,000”

But we’ll give you $8,000 for a trade in.

frontrow 8:29 am 15 Apr 09

Retail prices on cars always have padding for discounts and minimum trade-ins and similar such things. $3,000 seems to be the minimum amount per car, so $22,000 retail total for 4 cars would probably mean he could be persuaded to give you all four for about $10,000.

dvaey 11:47 pm 14 Apr 09

“The total retail value of the missing vehicles is $22,000.”

Seriously? For 2 unregistered vectras, a rav4 and a pintara.. why? did they have mag wheels and a full fuel tank or something?

That value seems a bit high, although I guess they probably came from the used car dealer himself.

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