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Police Wrap – 21 June

By johnboy - 21 June 2009 22

1. Bad weekend for schools:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a property damage incident at the Lyneham High School and Primary School overnight in which vandals spray-painted a number of crude and offensive drawings and messages on the walls of the school buildings.

    The defacing of the property, which is mostly on the walls facing toward Brigalow St and the courtyard areas of the high school, is suspected to have occurred sometime between 7pm last night (Friday, June 19) and 7.30am today (Saturday, June 20).

    As the school ovals and facilities have been used for sports and recreation by members of the public in the past 24 hours, police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen any suspicious persons or activity around the schools last night or early this morning to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    In separate incidents involving school property damage, in Tuggeranong three schools were burgled in succession during the early hours of this morning (Saturday, June 20). Police believe all three incidents are linked.

    · Around 3.18am today, alarms were activated at Bonython Primary School where entry had been forced to the school library and computer goods stolen. The resulting theft and damage was estimated around $10,000.

    · Around 3.24am, alarms were activated at MacKillop Catholic College, where there was forced entry. Around 16 computers were damaged and a number of others stolen by the intruders. Damage and theft at the school was estimated around $25,000.

    · Around 4.30am, police received information that St Anthony’s Primary School in Wheeler Crescent, Waniassa, had been burgled. Computers and monitors had been damaged and several others stolen. Theft and damage at this school was estimated around $6000.

    Police would urge anyone who saw or heard suspicious persons or activity around these schools in the early hours of this morning to contact Crime Stoppers.

2. Not safe in your bed:

    ACT Policing is investigating a home invasion and aggravated burglary in Lyons early today (Sunday, June 21) in which two male intruders entered a home, threatened and attacked the occupants with a short bladed weapon, and stole property.

    Police attended the premises in Bilton Place around 6am when it had been reported that two male offenders had entered the home by the back door sometime around 5am. One was armed with a short bladed weapon and another with a short crowbar.

    Three males, aged 40 years, 32 years and 25 years respectively, were asleep in the home at the time of the intrusion.

    The 25-year-old man woke up to the disturbance and was confronted by one of the intruders. The man attempted to grab the bladed weapon but was cut on one hand, and then received a second, serious hand wound when the assailant lashed out with the weapon.

    The two other occupants of the house then woke up and were also assaulted. The 40-year-old man received a head wound from being struck by the crowbar and the 32-year-old man was cut on the forehead.

    The offenders then stole a games console and wallet before leaving the premises.

    The first offender armed with the bladed weapon is described as a Caucasian male around 180cm (5’11”) tall, with a solid build, wearing dark pants possibly jeans, and ankle-high work boots. His head was shaven or possibly bald, partially covered by a small dark brown beanie. He was wearing a dark brown or black zip-up jacket with no pockets.

    The second offender was a male also around 180cm (5’11”) tall wearing a green flannelette jacket with the hood pulled up over his head.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity in Bilton Place, Lyons early this morning to contact Crime Stoppers.

3. Higgins post box kaboom:

    ACT Policing is investigating an incident at the Higgins shops last night (Saturday, June 20), in which an Australia Post mailbox was damaged by an explosion.

    Police attended the location around 10pm where the mailbox was found to have its door missing and the mail inside smouldering. The door of the box was blown off its hinges and scattered, damaged mail was found around the location.

    Remnants of an improvised explosive device were recovered from within the mailbox and were seized for further examination.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity around the Higgins shops around 10pm last night (Saturday, June 20) to contact Crime Stoppers.

4. Southlands stickup:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the robbery of a retail premises in Southlands Shopping Centre, Mawson, earlier today (Sunday, June 21), in which a man gained access to the premises and stole a sum of cash.

    The offender had entered the front of the store around 7.25am and a short time later was confronted by a female staff member who had been working at the rear of the store and heard a disturbance.

    No weapon was sighted however, the offender had threatened the staff member and left the store on foot with a sum of cash. He had been headed in the direction of Athllon Drive.

    The offender is described as a Caucasian male, between 170 to 180cm (5’7” to 5’11”) tall, with a slim build and ruddy complexion. He was wearing a dark blue baseball cap, a dark blue fleecy top, dark blue or black track pants and white runners. He also had shaved hair on the sides of his head.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen a person answering this description or any other suspicious persons or activity around the Southlands Shopping Centre between 7.20am to 7.30am today to contact Crime Stoppers.

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

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22 Responses to
Police Wrap – 21 June
Tainted 1:35 pm 22 Jun 09

Blown up letterbox.. and people argue fireworks shouldn’t be banned!?

peterh 11:56 am 22 Jun 09

el said :

What would be handy would be a listing of the items pinched that actually included the brand/model rather than ‘computer goods’, ‘computers and monitors’ or ‘around 16 computers’. Computers of all types go up for private sale every day.

At least if we knew what they were the general public could keep an eye out and possibly catch these bastards…

el, one of the ways that computer companies used to go above and beyond was to have a list of serial numbers for stolen equipment – this was sent on a regular basis to the service centres to be on the lookout. Last I heard, Apple was the only company still doing it. I have seen a few powerbooks left at a service centre after the staff advised the person who had them that they need to check the equipment. The person who left them never returned to pick them up.

The use of security chips in some brands allows the equipment to “phone home”, if the ip address is changed without update. the wiping of the hard drive doesn’t prevent this call home, and it is a very cheap system for a school to maintain. (act govt schools have these chips in most laptops, probably monitored by intact)

there are other products out there that can be installed with a security dongle inside the PC case. it appears to a layman as another connector, but it is a preset device that calls “home” as well. asset serial numbers usually are reported to the police, and the usual drop off companies – cash converters etc are provided with the list of serials. The police used to – don’t know if they still do, visit trashies and check out goods…

jessieduck 10:52 am 22 Jun 09

BerraBoy68 I think it’s great you were going above and beyond for your kids school.

dvaey 10:33 am 22 Jun 09

Police attended the location around 10pm where the mailbox was found to have its door missing and the mail inside smouldering.
The door of the box was blown off its hinges and scattered, damaged mail was found around the location.

This article brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department?

Also, as for why people would want to park in secluded carparks late at night, anyone who has to ask apparently didnt grow up being a teenager with access to a car.

farnarkler 9:59 pm 21 Jun 09

The knuckle draggers have been busy.

duckylucky 8:13 pm 21 Jun 09

Re Higgins Letter Box attack….

Does anyone know if Australia Post collected the mail prior to Noon on Saturday…?

If not, bugger.

BerraBoy68 6:55 pm 21 Jun 09

caf said :

One guy got out of his car and put something on the grass that had lots of red flashing lights on it As soon as he saw me he buggered off as if I’d caught him committing an unnatural act. Odd.

Reptoids, no doubt.

Ahhh, that explains it:) Thx Caf.

caf 6:00 pm 21 Jun 09

One guy got out of his car and put something on the grass that had lots of red flashing lights on it As soon as he saw me he buggered off as if I’d caught him committing an unnatural act. Odd.

Reptoids, no doubt.

BerraBoy68 5:00 pm 21 Jun 09

My kids primary school in Kambah has had windows smashed 5 weeks running and several weeks periodically prior to that. On the long weekend 23 windows were smashed and last weekend, a window smashed access gained and IT property stolen. Again, this isn’t teh first time in recent weeks the school has been robbed.

On Sat morning at 3am, I put on as much clothing as I could get into (damn, its cold at that time of the morning!) and walked around the school grounds (parents should make an effort occassionally, it’s my kids school FFS). Anyhoo, I did hear someone banging on a door or window at one point at about 4:15 and made my way around the building while making as much noise and my shaking little body could muster (lots of coughing, whistling etc). I didn’t see anybody though. In fact, the only person I saw all morning was a Chubb security guy who was doing his rounds of the old Mt Neighbour school at about 3:40. We spoke for about 5 min’s before he headed off.

Strangest thing I did see, however, was at about 5am a car came driving up the footpath leading from the underpass under Boddington Ct, then he turned onto the school grounds and drove across the kids play area. After doing a few quick circles (not donuts) behind some demountable classrooms, he headed off at speed. Strange, but at least there was no damage to the school. I did learn that people have strange habits. Why cars need to pull into carparks at ovals in the early hours is beyond me. One guy got out of his car and put something on the grass that had lots of red flashing lights on it As soon as he saw me he buggered off as if I’d caught him committing an unnatural act. Odd.

nyssa76 3:45 pm 21 Jun 09

el, schools tend to not give that information out. The police should do so but I think they’ll leave it as ‘computer goods’.

If a letter comes home with the list of items I’ll cite it on here.

el 3:04 pm 21 Jun 09

Nyssa – If you’re able to find the details of what equipment was stolen and post it here, I’m sure that most readers would be happy to keep an eye out for anything matching that description being sold ‘on the cheap’…

el 3:02 pm 21 Jun 09

What would be handy would be a listing of the items pinched that actually included the brand/model rather than ‘computer goods’, ‘computers and monitors’ or ‘around 16 computers’. Computers of all types go up for private sale every day.

At least if we knew what they were the general public could keep an eye out and possibly catch these bastards…

nyssa76 2:52 pm 21 Jun 09

All serial numbers are recorded for computers/cameras etc. It sounds a lot like the “job” done on Lake Tuggeranong College at the start of the school term….

As an aside, my 6yo just asked me why someone would steal fro her school (Bonython). I told her it is because they think it’s ok to steal.

No one will be seriously prosecuted over this series of thefts, it’s Canberra after all.

el 2:40 pm 21 Jun 09

You would expect (hope) that all serial numbers of equipment stolen were recorded for asset tracking of such things. You’d think (or again…hope) that this stuff would be easily identifiable once it came up for resale.

cranky 2:32 pm 21 Jun 09

Re item 1, the theft of computers.

Serious question. Is there no way of tracking these toerags via the sale of the stolen items? I would imagine a well worn (and well known) path would exist to dispose of these goods for max dollars/min questions asked. Even if these goods are disposed of interstate, surely we would be the recipients of goods stolen interstate and offered for sale locally?

I could well imagine the Police have vast knowledge of the process, but it seems rare that offenders are identified and apprehended from this source.

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