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Police Wrap – 16 June

By johnboy 16 June 2009 12

A couple of old ones have finally turned up:

1. Monash man chased down in Mitchell:

    ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 27-year-old Monash man with seven traffic-related offences following a vehicle pursuit and a foot chase in Mitchell last night (Thursday, June 11).

    Around 9.45pm yesterday, a police vehicle on patrol in Mitchell activated emergency lights and siren to make a traffic stop on a NSW-registered white Holden Commodore travelling on Lysaght Street. The vehicle refused to stop.

    Police pursued the Commodore southbound along Flemington Road, onto Northbourne Avenue and into a car park in Antill Street, Dickson where the driver decamped. He attempted to escape on foot but was apprehended by police. The pursuit lasted around two minutes.

    The driver was subsequently found to be wanted on a First Instance Warrant. He will be charged with numerous traffic-related offences including driving whilst disqualified, failing to stop at a red light, use of an unregistered vehicle and negligent driving.

    He will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today.

2. Guns, drugs and bombs in Calwell!

    Members of ACT Policing’s Territory Investigation Group (TIG) and Specialist Response and Security (SRS) team assisted the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in the execution of a search warrant on a Calwell home yesterday (June 12).

    SRS members along with Custom’s explosives and firearm detection dogs cleared the premises for safety. Members of Australian Customs and TIG Response Crime Team along with a dangerous good inspector from the Office of Regulatory Services conducted a search of the premises.

    As a result of the search, an amount of explosives and explosive paraphernalia, canisters of pepper spray and computer equipment were seized by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

    Police seized several firearms, ammunition, a taser gun, prohibited knives, a large amount of fireworks and an amount of white powder believed to be amphetamines.

    The resident of the property was present during the search and will be summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on multiple charges.

And now we get the fresh meat.

3. They seemed to know what they were looking for:

    ACT Policing is investigating a household burglary in Mawson in which items of high value were stolen including an original oil painting by Pro Hart, about 9 cases of red wine, household silver cutlery, and a coin collection worth about $10,000.

    Police attended the residence yesterday afternoon (Monday, June 15) where distressed residents reported that their home had been burgled sometime between 12.30pm Sunday (June 14) and 12.30pm yesterday (Monday, June 15).

    The home had been ransacked and two wall safes removed containing jewellery and the coin collection. Among the items stolen were: · A Pro Hart original oil painting “The Rabbit Trapper’s Wife” conservatively valued at more than $10,000; · About 30 bottles of vintage Penfolds Grange red wine conservatively valued at more than $15,000; · A coin collection and personal jewellery estimated at over $35,000; · About 150 other bottles of red wine (various, including Rochford wines); · 2 X flat screen TVs; · A household silver cutlery collection; · And 2 X cases of Carlton Cold beer.

    Police doorknocked surrounding houses and are conducting further enquiries while AFP Forensic Services conducted a comprehensive examination of the crime scene.

    It is believed that a large vehicle, possibly a small truck, was used to carry off the stolen property. Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons, vehicles or activity in the Mawson Drive, Mawson area in the 24 hours to noon yesterday (June 15) to contact Crime Stoppers

4. Tips to deter burglars:

    ACT Policing is reminding the Canberra community of the need to protect and record the details of their home equipment and valuables following an increase in residential burglaries in the Belconnen area in recent weeks.

    While additional resources and intelligence-gathering have been focussed on the issue in an effort to apprehend the offenders responsible, police say this problem presents a timely reminder to householders that recording the details of your property and engraving them with identifying information assists in investigating burglaries and tracking stolen property.

    A recent burglary victim who had kept an identifying list of property stolen from his McKellar home provided this information to police. Subsequent enquiries led police to execute a search warrant on an Evatt residence where the property was recovered and a woman charged.

    The Officer In Charge of Belconnen Police Station, Sergeant Erin Pobar, said that community vigilance is another valuable tool in protecting your property and that of your neighbour.

    “Information given to Crime Stoppers from members of the community about suspicious persons or behaviour in your area really does make a difference,” Sgt Pobar said.

    “Burglars, such as those recently operating in the Belconnen area, like to target small, portable items like laptops, audio equipment, iPods and game consoles because they are easiest to steal.

    “Police would urge householders to make a visual record of these items, and perhaps engrave them with some identifying details. This makes them more difficult to on-sell.

    “Breaking the crime ‘chain’ is also important. If you know of someone who is offering property suspected to be stolen then contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or provide the details via the website You may provide this information anonymously if you wish,” Sgt Pobar said.

5. Drunken disqualified dog puncher of Kambah:

    ACT Policing has arrested a 33-year-old Kambah man after an alleged drink-driving incident at Acton today which ended with the man in the Regional Watch House and an injured dog at an animal shelter.

    Around 12:55 pm today police received a report of a yellow Toyota Celica being driven in a dangerous manner in the Civic area.

    The vehicle was located a short time later on Lady Denman Drive where the driver was seen to have exited his vehicle and to be repeatedly punching his dog.

    The alleged offender then left the dog at the side of the road before climbing back into his vehicle and continuing to drive along Lady Denman Drive.

    An ACT Traffic Operations member and General Duties patrol performed a traffic stop on the vehicle at Black Mountain Peninsula where the man returned a positive roadside breath test. He was conveyed to City Police Station where he subsequently returned a high range blood alcohol reading of 0.249, over 12 times the legal limit for a special driver.

    The man will be charged with being a disqualified driver, being a special driver with a blood alcohol reading beyond the prescribed concentration, and deliberately causing an animal pain. He will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on a date to be set.

    The dog was picked up by an RSPCA inspector and conveyed to an animal shelter.

    Any witnesses to the incident who have not yet spoken to police are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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

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crazycanberra 10:43 am 01 Jul 09

they never would have caught us if we didn’t run out of petrol in dickson!

DawnDrifter 12:24 pm 17 Jun 09

happy that the pyros in Calwell were sorted out.
also thumbs up for point 4

Ivan76 1:14 am 17 Jun 09

Was there really a need to illustrate the 2 X cases of Carlton Cold beer??

caf 11:10 pm 16 Jun 09

I’m surprised that there were no use of ‘alleged’ in there – ‘brandish’ is also completely missing as well. If it weren’t for the use of the term ‘vehicle’ (rather than ‘car’), I could have sworn this was civilian-English.

Nah, you missed that he “escaped on foot” (ran away), and was then “apprehended” rather than simply caught, collared or nicked.

ant 10:48 pm 16 Jun 09

Tooks said :

Aww. Wasn’t too bad apart from ‘decamped’, I thought (I hate that word).

It’s short for “buggered off”. They’re trying to use more short words nowadays, in government.

The bloke who was bashing his dog really needs something special, people like that make me sick. Reading between the lines, it does appear that someone intervened to assist the dog?

bd84 10:33 pm 16 Jun 09

qld said :

How big are the properties in Mawson Canberra?

Depends on the area, it’s like most Canberra suburbs where there’s a wide range from large expensive houses down to public housing properties/units.

I hope they lock to dhead drunk who bashed his dog up for a decent period of time.

qld 7:07 pm 16 Jun 09

How big are the properties in Mawson Canberra?

Jim Jones 3:43 pm 16 Jun 09

Tooks said :

caf said :

Today’s installment of Flowery Prose from the Federal Police brings us marvellous use of “decamped”.

Aww. Wasn’t too bad apart from ‘decamped’, I thought (I hate that word).

I’m surprised that there were no use of ‘alleged’ in there – ‘brandish’ is also completely missing as well. If it weren’t for the use of the term ‘vehicle’ (rather than ‘car’), I could have sworn this was civilian-English.

S4anta 3:32 pm 16 Jun 09

Tips to deter burglars:

Randomly shoot out the windows of passing cars.

Tooks 12:47 pm 16 Jun 09

caf said :

Today’s installment of Flowery Prose from the Federal Police brings us marvellous use of “decamped”.

Aww. Wasn’t too bad apart from ‘decamped’, I thought (I hate that word).

Skidbladnir 12:15 pm 16 Jun 09

When does Phil Small start with ACT Police Media?

caf 12:08 pm 16 Jun 09

Today’s installment of Flowery Prose from the Federal Police brings us marvellous use of “decamped”.

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