These first two are old news now but I think we all wanted to see what the police had to say:
- ACT Policing has arrested three male youths as part of Operation Caprae, currently targeting a string of aggravated robberies in the Tuggeranong area.
Around 10pm on Friday (January 16) a 16-year-old male youth was walking with friends along Downard Street, Calwell, when a vehicle containing four males stopped and three of the males got out. The friends ran from the area while the 16-year-old male victim was grabbed. The alleged offenders demanded the victim’s wallet and phone. When he did not give them up they punched him in the face repeatedly. The assault stopped when a witness yelled at the offenders and they fled in the vehicle without taking any property. A member of the public provided police with an accurate registration plate for the suspect’s vehicle. The victim sustained bruising and swelling to the face. ACT Ambulance Services attended the scene but the victim was not conveyed to hospital.
Numerous police officers were on the scene within minutes and thoroughly searched the area for the surrounding vehicle. A short time later, members of Operation Caprae stopped the white Proton sedan in Sturdee Crescent, Monash, and the 17-year-old driver from Monash was arrested.
Following extensive investigations, around 3am yesterday (Saturday, January 17) officers from Operation Caprae attended the homes of the three alleged co-offenders and arrested two of them, a 16-year-old from Wanniassa and a 16-year-old from Theodore. Further charges are pending for the fourth alleged offender aged 15 from Calwell.
All three alleged offenders were conveyed to the Regional Watch House and charged with attempted aggravated robbery. The driver was also charged with possession of a prohibited substance and the 16-year-old from Theodore was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. They will appear before the ACT Children’s Court this week.
Superintendent Matt Varley says the arrests represent a coordinated effort across ACT Policing.
“The response to this incident and the subsequent arrest of these offenders was made possible due to assistance from the public and a collaborative effort between General Duties patrols, the Territory Investigations Group (TIG) and Operation Caprae officers,” Supt Varley said.
“These arrests clearly demonstrate that we mean business and that time is running out for other thugs who think they can continue committing assaults and robberies across Tuggeranong.”
Operation Caprae will continue to target offenders in the Tuggeranong area.
- ACT Policing has arrested two females and two males following an arson attack on a palm tree in Richardson last night (Saturday, January 17).
Around midnight the alleged offenders were seen setting fire to a tree in Twamley Crescent before fleeing the scene. ACT Fire Brigade quickly attended and extinguished the fire. Officers from ACT Policing’s Territory Investigations Group (TIG) then intercepted the alleged offender’s vehicle on Kellett Street, Fadden.
The arrests follow a string of attacks in the Deakin, Red Hill, McKellar, Yarralumla and Queanbeyan areas. The most recent occurred around midnight the previous night (Friday, January 16) when police were called to Dumas Street, McKellar, where several palm trees were on fire. ACT Fire Brigade again attended and extinguished the fire.
Acting Superintendent David Harrison says the arrests are a result of careful coordination across ACT Policing.
“These arrests were made possible through information obtained from ACT Policing’s Intelligence teams,” A/Supt Harrison said.
“Detectives were able to quickly locate the alleged offenders after they had lit the fire.”
All four of the alleged offenders have been charged with causing a bush fire. One of the males aged 13 from Deakin was bailed from the Regional Watch House to appear before the ACT Children’s Court at a later date. The other male aged 15 from Rivett and one of the females aged 17 also from Rivett will appear before the ACT Children’s Court tomorrow (Monday, January 19). The other female aged 18 from Duffy will appear before the ACT Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (Monday, January 19).
In the ACT the charge of causing a bush fire carries a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment.