- ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery of a service station in Kambah June 14, 2009 .
About 2.05am, a female offender entered the Caltex service station on O’Halloran Circuit, handed a staff member a note demanding money before threatening him with two knives. She was seen to flee the store with an amount of cash in the direction of Jenke Street where she got into a white or silver coloured utility.
The female offender is described as being Caucasian in appearance, approximately 5’2″ (158cm) tall and of medium build. She was wearing tight dark-blue coloured tracksuit pants, a black hooded jacket and thick black gloves and the bottom of her face was covered with white clothed material.
Police attended the scene shortly after and conducted a search of the area however were unable to locate any persons matching the description.
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Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious persons in the area, around the time of the offence or who know the identity of the offender to contact Crime Stoppers.
- ACT Policing is investigating two robberies is Canberra’s north over the weekend (June 13 and 14) where women had their bags taken from them by force.
The first incident occurred on Saturday (June 13) when the 70-year-old victim was walking through an underpass which connects Coulter Drive with Kilby Crescent around 1pm.
An unknown male approached her from behind and demanded her bag. He then pulled the victim’s bag from her grasp and pushed her to the ground. The male is described as being tanned and wearing dark coloured clothing and a dark baseball style cap. He was last seen running towards Erskine Street, Macquarie.
The second robbery occurred on Sunday at the Kippax Fair Shopping Centre in Holt when a 37-year-old woman was approached by two men demanding her bag. One of the men was armed with a knife.
The offenders fled the scene with the woman’s bag. The first male is described as Caucasian, approximately 180cm (5’11”) tall, wearing a white T-shirt, dark blue jumper, black tack suit pants with white stripes down the sides, white running shoes and a dark blue beanie.
The second offender is described as Caucasian with possibly tanned skin, approximately 170cm (5’7”) tall, wearing a dark blue jumper, black tack suit pants with white stripes down the sides, white and black running shoes and a blue and white striped beanie and scarf.
Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed these robberies and are yet to speak to police, or anyone who may know the identity of the offenders involved, to contact Crime Stoppers.
- ACT Policing is warning businesses to be vigilant when processing credit card transactions after four potentially related fraud incidents late last week.
One of the incidents occurred at a Gungahlin retail outlet, another at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome, a third at a Fyshwick retailer and another at a store in Westfield Belconnen.
In the Gungahlin incident, a man used a fraudulent card to purchase in excess of $1750 worth of property from separate retail stores between 11.30am and 11.45am on Thursday, June 11. After the man attempted to use the card a third time, he was challenged by staff and left the store, leaving the card behind.
Similar incidents occurred at a large retailer in Tuggeranong on Thursday (June 11) and in Fyshwick on Friday (June 12).
Each time the offenders had sought to purchase consumer goods such as laptops, mobile phones and MP3 players, and their transactions had been electronically declined.
The offender in the Gungahlin incident is described as being of Asian appearance, with black hair and a long side fringe over the right side of his forehead. At the time of the incidents he was wearing jeans, sneakers, a light coloured shirt, a black jacket, a scarf and black eyeliner.
In the Fyshwick incident which occurred around noon on Friday (June 12), the offender produced three credit cards in an attempt to purchase a laptop valued at $2079. All three cards were electronically declined. The offender then left the store. He is described as being of Asian appearance, aged in his early 30s, of short stature, thin build, and with short black hair.
In a separate incident, a 28-year-old male Malaysian national appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court today (June 15) charged with using a false document and attempting to obtain goods by deception after attempting to use a fraudulent credit card to buy a laptop computer in Belconnen on Friday, June 12. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a three-month good behaviour bond on each count.
ACT Policing’s Crime Prevention Superintendent Kate Buggy says credit cards are made with identifying features, designed to reduce the possibility of fraudulent cards being used.
“All business owners and employees should familiarise themselves with these features to reduce the risk of fraud. Employees should also ensure that they switch off their EFTPOS machine at night, check card signatures closely, check that the card numbers on the front and back match and make sure holograms are clearly visible,” Supt Buggy said.
Employees should also check for a valid expiry date, ghosting or shading used to cover-up changed numbers, and ask for further identification if not sure. Recording the details of any supplementary ID produced (such as a driver’s licence) would assist any subsequent police investigation.
Businesses looking for more information can access the AFP website at www.afp.gov.au and follow the ACT Policing link to the ‘for ACT businesses page’. ACT Policing also has a Business Liaison Officer working within the Crime Prevention portfolio who can further assist. The officer can be contacted via the ACT Policing switchboard on 6256 7777.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.