- ACT Policing is investigating two related aggravated robberies that occurred in Griffith and Narrabundah yesterday afternoon (March 13).
About 2.20pm a man walked into the Manuka Veterinary Hospital on Flinders Way, Griffith, removed two employee’s handbags from a nearby hook, and ran from the premises.
One female gave chase and followed the offender into a nearby vehicle, a white Holden Commodore, where a struggle ensued. The female was pushed from the vehicle, which then drove away at speed.
About 3.05pm a second robbery occurred at the Garden City Motel on Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah, during which a man entered the grounds of the motel and snatched a handbag from an elderly female.
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The man ran to a nearby white Holden Commodore, and started to drive away before colliding with a nearby pillar. The elderly female managed to retrieve her handbag from the passenger seat whilst the offender attempted to re-start the vehicle, and her elderly male partner took hold of the door in an effort to prevent the vehicle leaving the scene.
The offender proceeded to drive away, causing the elderly male to suffer minor injuries to his leg. He was treated by ACT Ambulance Service at the scene.
The Commodore was recovered at nearby Narrabundah High School a short time later after students and a teacher observed a man get out of the vehicle, place some items in a large green bag and run in the direction of Gowrie Court. A number of students attempted to give chase, but were unsuccessful.
Police have confirmed that the white 1992 Holden Commodore used during the two robberies, bearing NSW plates, was stolen from Acton some time between February 4 and February 25.
AFP Forensic Services attended all three locations, whilst the Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team attended the Garden City Motel and assessed the scene of the collision.
The offender has been described as approximately 5’7” (170cm) tall, between 30 and 40 years of age, with pale skin, a skinny build and a gaunt face with defined cheek bones. He has long brown hair which was pulled back in a pony-tail, and was wearing a baseball cap and a dark blue and burgundy bomber jacket.
- A 19-year-old provisional licence holder has become the latest motorist to be caught as a result of ACT Policing’s aggressive targeting campaign aimed at ensuring the nations capital records a single digit road toll this year.
Despite police warnings that motorists choosing to drive outside the road rules will be caught, police identified the driver travelling in excess of 70 kilometres over the posted speed limit about 7.50pm last night (March 13) while conducting traffic targeting duties in Griffith.
The man was caught driving at over 130km/h in a 60km/h zone on Canberra Avenue and will be summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on May 7, where he will face fines of up to $2000.
3. Amaroo weed bust:
- ACT Policing has seized seven mature cannabis plants during a search warrant in Amaroo March 12.
Detectives from the Territory Investigations Group executed the search warrant about 3.15pm, locating the six-foot (approximately 183cm) high plants in the rear yard of the premises.
A 33-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, both from Amaroo, will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date, charged with cultivate a controlled plant and supply of prohibited substance.
Police urge all Canberrans to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity at homes in their neighbourhood that could be related to illegal drug manufacturing.
Seven mature cannabis plants seized during the search warrant.
Things to look for include strange odours, blacked-out windows, unusual traffic flow, chemical containers and waste, hoses and pipes for ventilation or water supply and extremely bright indoor lighting visible through drawn blinds or sealed windows.
- ACT Policing has released a forensic facefit of a male offender who was allegedly involved in a burglary at a residence in Bamford Street, Hughes last Thursday (March 5).
Between midday and 5pm, offenders have forced entry to the premises, stealing a large amount of jewellery, a pair of Chapard designer sunglasses, a Ricoh digital camera and a 42″ Pioneer plasma television.
The suspected offenders were seen to leave the area in a dark-green coloured Holden VS Commodore sedan.
The male offender depicted in the facefit is described as Caucasian, aged in his late teens to early 20’s, approximately 5’9” (175cm) tall, with fair complexion, of slim build, wearing a white T-shirt, grey-coloured shorts and white sneakers.
The second offender is described as Caucasian, aged in his late teens to early 20’s with dark-brown hair.
- ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted assault on a 19-year-old woman in Wanniassa last night (Thursday, March 12).
About 10pm, the victim was walking along Wheeler Crescent, Wanniassa when the offender attempted to pull her into some bushes near Spiers Place, Wanniassa.
About the same time that the incident occurred, an unknown vehicle slowed down and sounded its horn several times before driving past, causing the offender to flee the area.
The offender is described as approximately 6’4” (193cm) tall, aged in his mid 30’s, with olive complexion, short dark-coloured hair, of slim build, wearing a plain grey T-shirt and grey and black pants.
Police are looking to identify the driver of the vehicle which sounded its horn.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.act.crimestoppers.com.