1. Teens with guns:
- A search conducted by ACT Policing on a Wanniassa home this afternoon (May 15) has recovered four of seven licensed firearms stolen in a burglary yesterday.
As a result of the search, three juvenile males – two aged 17 years and one 16 years – are in police custody with charges pending.
Police first became aware of the missing firearms when they were called to a burglary at a home in Wanniassa last night (May 14) around 7.30pm.
The complainant revealed that seven firearms – including five .22 calibre rifles and two .30-06 calibre rifles – had been stolen from the residence during the day. All the weapons had been registered and appropriately stored.
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Other property items, including a digital camera and a television, were also stolen in the burglary.
Acting on information received, detectives from the Territory Investigations Group, supported by officers from Specialist Response and Security, conducted a search warrant on a residence in Wanniassa where four of the firearms and a quantity of stolen property was recovered.
Investigations are continuing.
As three of the firearms are unrecovered, police are seeking the assistance of the community by urging anyone who may have any information about the burglary or the stolen firearms, or may have seen any suspicious persons or activity in the Wanniassa area yesterday, are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
- ACT Policing has released a facefit of the offender involved in a possible abduction attempt at Kaleen Primary School on Friday, May 1.
Just after 3.00pm a six-year-old boy walking between the primary school and pre-school was approached by a man who attempted to pull him into some nearby bushes.
Police believe a number of parents intervened, causing the man to leave the school grounds. He was then seen getting in to a light green-coloured 4WD which was parked out the front of the school on Ashburton Circuit.
The man was described as having black hair and wearing a black jumper and black track-suit pants.
Police are urging anyone with information, particularly any of the parents who intervened, to contact Crime Stoppers.
- The number of motorists caught drink-driving this financial year (2008-2009) has now surpassed the ACT’s record set the previous financial year (2007-2008).
As of Monday (May 18) 1,593 drivers exceeded the alcohol limit since July 1, 2008, in the ACT. This compares to the previous reporting year (2007-2008) record of 1,584 drivers exceeding the alcohol limit, which itself was 231 more than the previous reporting year (2006-2007).
Last year (2007-2008), 81,124 drivers were tested for alcohol across the Territory. This compares to 81,784 drivers tested this reporting year between July 1, 2008 and May 18, 2009 in the ACT.
ACT Policing’s Superintendent Mark Colbran said he was astounded motorists continued to drink-drive despite the numerous warnings and targeted police operations.
“The number of drivers testing positive for exceeding the alcohol limit in the ACT is shameful. We have now surpassed our all-time record and we still have six weeks left until the end of this financial year,” Supt Colbran said.
“The issue off drink-driving is not just an issue for the police. It is an issue for everyone in the community. Only by changing community attitudes to drink-driving, so that the entire community makes it clear that this type of behaviour is totally unacceptable, are we likely to see a major reduction in road trauma related to drink-driving.
“Our statistics on fatal collisions show that every drink-driver we take off the road potentially saves a life in Canberra.”
The monthly average of drivers testing positive for alcohol from July to April, inclusive, is 147.4 with December recording the highest number of 188 people caught.
The highest recorded blood alcohol reading for May is 0.329, taken from a 33-year-old man on Gruner Street in Weston on Friday, May 8. This was more than six times the legal limit. Over the weekend May 8-10 police detected 42 drivers allegedly exceeding the blood alcohol limit. Of these drivers, 16 (38%) had at least one previous drink-driving conviction, with one driver having three previous convictions.
ACT Policing will continue to target drink-driving as we approach winter and the busy ski period.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.