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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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peterh 11:39 am 23 Jun 09

TP 3000 said :

I went to a Primary school in the poor area of Orange, New South Wales. Now back in 2000 we had brand new Apple computers that were stolen. However the replacements were practically screw to the table & had those thick black cables attached. None were stolen after that, attempts were made. Why doesn’t the ACT Government do this?

the product is called compulock, and is attached by a very strong adhesive or screws to a computer and desk. I have seen some schools bolt the pc to the desk, or replace them with thin client terminals – no connection, no computer. the things don’t have any hard disk, and don’t work when not attached to a server. This is by far the best deterrent. And, with the amount of changes that happen with technology, future proof most schools from hardware upgrades for at least 5 years.

TP 3000 11:37 pm 22 Jun 09

I went to a Primary school in the poor area of Orange, New South Wales. Now back in 2000 we had brand new Apple computers that were stolen. However the replacements were practically screw to the table & had those thick black cables attached. None were stolen after that, attempts were made. Why doesn’t the ACT Government do this?

Also in relation to letter boxes. If no one was injured let kids be kids. Or would you rather these kids steal a car, take it out bush, set it alight & cause a huge bushfire that rips through Canberra killing 100 or more people? Maybe not that bad, but I have noticed less call outs to burnt out cars in the Brindabella of times gone by, but more letter boxes blown up. This means I get to sleep in more on a Friday & Saturday night. Anyway most things can be done via a stolen computer.

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