ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to aggravated robbery at a fitness centre in Greenway in which a member of staff was assaulted and a small sum of cash was stolen from the till.
Police were called to the premises in Scollay St, Greenway around 12.18am today (Tuesday, November 23) where a 56-year-old woman was found distressed after having been confronted by two men inside the building.
The woman had heard a disturbance from one area of the premises shortly after midnight and after investigating was confronted by two men, one carrying a knife. One of the men attempted to physically restrain the woman but she escaped to the front door, where she raised the alarm.
A firefighter on duty in the nearby fire station heard the woman’s calls and when he went to investigate, the two offenders fled in a green Daihatsu Applause or similarly sized vehicle, with what appears to be a small lip-type spoiler on the rear and with NSW registration plates.
The first male offender is described as around 20 years old, with a skinny build, and wearing a dark-coloured top and dark pants.
The second offender is described as Caucasian, about 183cm (6’) tall, with a medium build, and was wearing a light-coloured top with short sleeves, and jeans or dark pants.
Police believe that the green-coloured vehicle may have been in the immediate area in the days before the incident and would encourage members of the community to report any such sightings.
Police are seeking witnesses who may have seen any suspicious persons or behaviour around Scollay Street just before midnight or in the early hours of this morning, or may have seen the green vehicle, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.
Over the past week (15 – 21 November) ACT Policing has apprehended 51 motorists across the ACT for drink driving offences, several of which are repeat drink drivers who continue to show blatant disregard for the law.
Of 51 motorists apprehended last week, seventeen motorists were identified by ACT Policing as repeat drink driving offenders. Of these, one driver has four previous drink-driving convictions. ACT Policing also apprehended drink drivers at all times during the day including a 31 year old male at 8.50 am last Thursday morning and another 31 year old male at 1.47 pm on Friday afternoon.
A 23-year-old Braddon man was apprehended by police for drink driving on 19 November. The man, who is a learner driver, was taken to the City Police Station where he recorded a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.153. The man was unaccompanied at the time he was apprehended. This was the highest reading for a 0.02 limit driver for the week.
In the first three weeks of November, ACT Policing has apprehended 149 drink drivers, compared to 98 in September and 113 in October. This is a ratio in November of one positive for every 37 RBTs.
In addition, police have also contended with a number of speeding motorists throughout Canberra.
The highest speed recorded during the week was 140 km/h in an 80km/h zone. The driver, a 20-year-old provisional license holder, gave her reason for speeding as ‘I’m in a bad mood’.
An 18-year-old Dunlop man caught speeding on Ginninderra Drive told police he was in a hurry to get home. He was detected travelling at 130km/h in an 80km/h zone.
Both these motorists were fined over $1,800 and lost six points off their licence.
ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said the latest drink driving results clearly indicate that despite ACT Policing stating we will be actively targeting this offence in the months of November and December, ACT drivers are not getting the message and are continuing to ignore the law.
“It’s quite frightening to think there are people within our community who are willing to gamble with the lives of other road users when they get behind the wheel. If you drink and drive on our roads you will be caught and you will be prosecuted”, Superintendent Colbran said.
ACT Policing will continue targeting drink drivers across the ACT during November and December.
ACT Policing is urging the community to remain vigilant around schools after another burglary at a Tuggeranong school overnight.
About 2.15am today (Tuesday, November 23), Tuggeranong patrol members were called to the Wanniassa Hills Primary School in response to an alarm at that location. While searching the school, police observed a male wearing a black hooded jumper and black tracksuit pants run away from them. Police chased the male on foot, however lost sight of him on Holden Crescent.
Police observed a second unidentified person near the school, and after a short pursuit, apprehended a 15-year-old male on Langdon Avenue. A third person, a 17-year-old male, was also taken into police custody. Both males are currently assisting police with their enquiries.
This follows four additional incidents overnight at Calwell High School, Stromlo High School, Garran Primary School and St Judes Primary School in Holder, where police attended after reports of burglaries and property damage at the schools.
In a separate incident, police also attended the Orana High School in Weston on Sunday morning (November 21), where rubbish bins were set alight and several windows broken. No items were stolen.
South District Superintendent Lesa Gale said the recent burglaries and property damage should remind the community of the importance of remaining vigilant about suspicious people or behaviour around school properties, especially during the upcoming holiday break.
“Schools are vulnerable to damage and burglary over weekends and during holiday periods, and we encourage anyone who lives near or around schools to be proactive in protecting this property,” Superintendent Gale said.
“While police and private security will be patrolling these locations, we need community assistance in protecting these properties. Anyone who witnesses an offence being committed at a school is urged to contact Police Operations immediately on 131 444.”
Anyone who witnessed suspicious behaviour at any of the listed schools overnight is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.