1. Electrical street fire in Gordon:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a fire that occurred in Gordon early this morning (Tuesday July 27).
About 1.45am residents in Lewis Luxton Avenue, Gordon were awoken by a loud bang. Upon investigating the noise residents saw the electricity box located at the end of the laneway on fire.
ACT Fire Brigade attended and extinguished the fire.
Up to 17 houses were without power while ACTEW worked to fix the damage. The damage bill is expected to be in the thousands of dollars given the extent of the damage.
Police are urging anyone who may have any information on the cause of the fire to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or provide information via the website www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information may be provided anonymously.
ACT Policing is investigating three aggravated robberies across Canberra’s northside overnight.
The first incident occurred at the IGA supermarket in Holt around 7.55pm yesterday (Monday, July 26) when one male entered the premises and demanded money from the female shop assistant.
The offender is described as Caucasian, between 173cm (5’8”) and 183cm (6’) tall, with a medium build, wearing a red, hooded jumper, blue jeans and gloves. He also had a black scarf across his face.
In the second incident last night, police were called to the BP service station at Watson after a male entered the premises around 8.30pm carrying a machete-style knife. The offender threatened the attendant, struck the counter twice with the weapon and stole a sum of cash.
The offender then ran to a taxi waiting near the adjacent bus stop on Antill Street, and the driver then conveyed the offender to the Dickson shops, seemingly unaware the offence had taken place. The offender then paid the fare and left the taxi, walking in the direction of Downer.
Police secured the taxi as part of the investigation and have obtained a statement from the driver, who said the offender had booked the taxi from outside the Southern Cross studios in Aspinall Street, Watson, a short time before the robbery.
The offender is described as Caucasian, aged in his mid-20s, around 183cm (6’) tall, clean shaven with light brown hair and a solid build. He was wearing dark blue tracksuit pants and a grey-coloured turtle-necked top which he pulled up to cover his face when he committed the offence.
In the third offence, around 4.05am today, (Tuesday, July 27) a male approached the front window at the Capital Executive Apartments on Northbourne Avenue, Civic and attracted the male staff member’s attention by brandishing what appeared to be a handgun.
The male staff member on duty was threatened and told to lie on the floor, as two other male offenders then gained access to the building. The offenders stole a sum of cash from the premises and left.
The offenders were described as all Caucasian males. Two of the offenders were described as male, of medium build and around 183cm (6”) tall. The third offender was described as slightly smaller, and with a solid build. The offenders were dressed in white and grey coloured hooded tops which they wore around their faces concealing their facial features.
Police are seeking witnesses to all three incidents. If anyone saw any suspicious persons or behaviour in the area of any of the three incidents described, they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.