1. doing a runner:
ACT Policing has arrested a 29-year-old Lyons man after a pursuit on Saturday (October 24) which resulted in the alleged offender’s vehicle colliding with an occupied stationary vehicle.
Around 8.17 pm, police attempted to stop a Ford Falcon on Kingsford Smith Drive for a routine traffic stop, when it accelerated away initiating a pursuit.
The pursuit lasted for one minute before the driver of the vehicle lost control and collided with a stationary Holden Commodore.
One of the three occupants in the stationary vehicle received a minor laceration, whilst the other two were uninjured. The alleged offender received minor facial injuries from the collision and was conveyed to The Canberra Hospital in police custody.
Once released from hospital, the alleged offender will face the ACT Magistrates Court charged with dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, fail to obey police direction to stop and breach of bail.
ACT Policing is investigating an incident which occurred on Monday October 5, when a woman was grabbed on the breast by an unknown man.
The assault occurred in The Canberra Centre around 3.20pm outside the Vodafone store, as the 25-year-old victim was walking past the offender.
CCTV footage of the incident shows the assault taking place.
The offender (pictured) is described as Caucasian, aged in his late 20’s to early 30’s, approximately 6’3” (190 cm) tall, solid build, with very short hair and a square jaw. At the time of the offence he was wearing a long sleeved blue, white and yellow jersey and was pushing a stroller containing a small child.
Police would urge anyone who may recognise this male to contact Crime Stoppers.
Police expect to charge two juvenile males after they were arrested during a burglary in progress in Latham yesterday.
Police were called to the residence about 1.40pm after neighbours reported suspicious activity within the yard of a nearby property. Upon arrival, police observed the two young people inside the house and they were arrested after a short struggle.
A subsequent search of the males located a number of items suspected to have been stolen from inside the premises.
Both males were released in to the custody of their parents and are expected to be summonsed to appear in the ACT Childrens Court at a later date on charges of Aggravated Burglary and Theft.
In a separate incident, a 42-year-old Isabella Plains man was arrested in Monash yesterday afternoon after a police search of his vehicle located drugs and a weapon.
Officers from the Territory Investigations Group conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle about 1.30pm, locating an amount of what is suspected to be methyl-amphetamine as well as a concealed firearm.
The alleged offender will be charged with traffic in controlled drug, possess prohibited firearm and possess ammunition, and will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an overnight burglary in which a stolen car was used to force entry to a Kambah supermarket.
Police responded to an alarm activation at the IGA Supermarket on Castley Crescent just before 5.00am after a red Nissan Pajero was used to smash through the front glass doors of the supermarket. The vehicle is thought to have been stolen from a nearby house a short time prior to the incident.
Whilst inside the supermarket the offenders, thought to be two females and two males, have removed a large amount of alcohol. They were then seen leaving the area in a late model white sedan.
Police are particularly interested in talking to any delivery drivers or early morning walkers who may have been in the area around the time of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers
ACT Policing will today (Wednesday, October 28) retrieve a car which was driven into Lake Burley Griffin at Yarralumla yesterday afternoon.
Police were called to the location around 4.35pm yesterday (Tuesday, October 27) after reports that a Toyota Hatchback was being driven erratically and recklessly on the graded embankment between Weston Park Road and Lake Burley Griffin.
A witness saw the car drive into the water and become completely submerged. Around 5.15pm, a police diver entered the water to determine there was no-one within the vehicle.
The vehicle was reported as stolen from Hughes around 11am yesterday.
Police would urge anyone who saw the stolen Toyota with NSW registration plates being driven around Yarralumla yesterday afternoon or may have any other information to assist the investigation to call Crime Stoppers.
ACT Policing is investigating an incident which occurred at the Alexander Maconochie Centre on Saturday (October 24).
Police were called to the facility after a report was made of an alleged assault involving three inmates.
The victim, a 25-year-old man, was allegedly assaulted in his cell by two fellow inmates around 6.30pm. As a result, the victim was transported to The Canberra Hospital by ACT Ambulance.
Police will summons a 26-year-old man and a 29-year-old man to face the ACT Magistrates Court on a date to be set on charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
ACT Policing has taken four juveniles into custody following a series of incidents which began earlier today with an aggravated burglary when a stolen 4WD was used to smash the front doors of a Kambah supermarket.
That incident occurred around 5am, with four offenders – two males and two females – seen removing quantities of alcohol from the premises and leaving the area in a white sedan.
Around 8am, police received a report of an incident in Hurtle Avenue, Bonython in which two juvenile females had exited a white sedan, struck a 16-year-old female pedestrian on the face and stolen the victim’s bag and coat. The offenders had then returned to the car, which had driven off.
Around 10.50am, a white Subaru sedan was reported to have driven off the road and struck a barricade southbound on the Monaro Highway near the Tharwa Drive turn-off to Calwell. The vehicle was found to contain items stolen from the female victim, as well as a quantity of alcohol suspected to have been stolen in the earlier ram-raid.
After a search of the area near the Calwell shops, police took four juveniles – two male youths both aged 16 years, and two girls aged 13 and 15 respectively – into custody.
Among the charges expected to be laid this evening (Wednesday, October 28) are aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and ride/drive in a vehicle without consent.
8. Day for Daniel:
Members of ACT Policing’s Crime Prevention team will join in activities to support the annual Day for Daniel at Giralang Primary School tomorrow (Friday, October 30).
‘Day for Daniel’ is an annual event organised by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and family.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established in 2005 by Denise and Bruce Morcombe following the tragic abduction and disappearance of their 13-year-old son Daniel from the Sunshine Coast in December, 2003. Daniel’s abduction is the subject of an ongoing QPOL investigation.
The Foundation’s aim is to provide personal safety advice to young children and implement harm prevention initiatives to help protect them.
Foundation activities are planned at schools and locations throughout Australia, with ACTP officers this year joining with the Giralang Primary School in marking the red-themed occasion.
Constable Kenny Koala will be in attendance with the officers to help communicate key safety messages to the young students, continuing an important crime prevention support role which has existed between ACT Policing, ACT schools and the Canberra community for 34 years.
9. Belco Bingle:
Investigators from ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are seeking witnesses to a two vehicle collision which occurred in Belconnen earlier today (29 October).
Police were called to the intersection of Coulter Drive and Ogilby Crescent (continuation of Nettlefold Street) just after 12.25pm following a collision between a gold Ford Fairmont and a black Holden Captiva.
Initial investigations show that one vehicle was travelling north on Coulter Drive at the time of the collision, whilst the other car was turning right onto Ogilby Crescent from the south bound lane.
Both drivers suffered minor injuries however did not require medical treatment.
Police would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who remembers seeing either of these cars at the intersection around 12.25pm to contact Crime Stoppers.
10. Scullin Drug Bust:
ACT Policing will summons eight people to court on drugs charges and have arrested a ninth for alleged drug trafficking after an operation in Scullin yesterday afternoon (29 October).
The operation focussed on the alleged distribution of MDMA and cannabis from a Scullin residence, and resulted in the seizure of approximately 1350 pills suspected to be MDMA, five grams of white powder suspected to be cocaine and approximately 115 grams of cannabis.
During the operation, police witnessed a number of alleged drug transactions occurring at a Scullin residence and nearby shops. Police then searched a vehicle being used during the alleged transactions, locating an amount of cannabis.
A search warrant was subsequently executed on the Scullin premises with drug team detectives locating drugs and a number of electrical items suspected to be stolen.
The resident of the house, a 30-year-old man, was arrested and charged with traffic in controlled drug, traffic in cannabis and possess prohibited substance and will appear before the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.
A further eight people will be summonsed to appear at a later date on charges relating to the possession of cannabis, cocaine and MDMA.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after a robbery at a Holt service station early this morning (30 October).
Police were called to the Hardwick Crescent business just after 4.30am after a male entered the shop armed with a large knife and demanded cash and cigarettes from the cashier.
The man then fled the service station on foot toward Southern Cross Drive once his demands had been met. The cashier was not injured during the incident.
The offender is described as Caucasian and in his early twenties, with a medium build and about 175cm (5’9”) in height. He was wearing a red T-shirt, blue jeans and a dark blue cap with ‘LA’ written on the front.
Investigations are continuing into the robbery and AFP Forensic Services will today examine the scene for forensic evidence.
Police are urging anyone with any information to contact Crime Stoppers.
12. Civic Muggings:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after two men had their mobile phones stolen and one of them was assaulted during connected incidents in Canberra City in the early hours of this morning (October 30).
In the first incident, the victim handed his mobile telephone to a man on City Walk about 3.25am after the man asked to borrow it. The victim then gave chase as the man ran in to Glebe Park with the phone. The victim was then assaulted in the park by a group of three men, who also removed an amount of cash from his wallet. He was not injured during the robbery.
A second man then attended City Police Station shortly afterward to report that his phone had been stolen in a similar incident.
The second victim had been walking on Nangari Street, near the Convention Centre, about 3.40am when he was approached by a group of four males who asked to borrow his phone. When he handed the phone over, one of the men ran away with it whilst the other males encouraged the victim to give chase. He did not give chase, instead promptly reporting the incident to police.
Police believe both incidents were pre-planned and involved the same offenders.
Investigating officers located two people of interest in the area a short time after the incidents and these men are assisting police with their inquiries. However, officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed either of these incidents, or any similar incidents, or who may know the identity of the offenders. Information can be provided via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.
As always, police encourage those frequenting public places during the hours of darkness to be mindful of their personal security and to be extra vigilant when approached by groups or requested to lend property or small amounts of money. Any suspicious approaches can be reported to police via 131 444 at the time, or through Crime Stoppers.
ACT Policing is experiencing a technical fault with its switchboard telephone number 6256 7777. The fault prevents callers telephoning into ACT Policing from external lines.
The public should rest assured the fault does NOT affect the emergency number triple zero (000) or the police assistance number 131 444.
ACT Policing is urgently working with Telstra to rectify the problem.
The public is asked to refrain from calling the general ACT Policing switchboard until the fault is rectified.
If police assistance is required, the public is asked to contact triple zero (000) for emergencies or 131 444 for general police assistance.
Advice will be issued once the fault has been repaired.
14. Well that was easy:
Detectives from ACT Policing’s Territory Investigations Group have arrested a 23-year-old Macquarie man in relation to a robbery at a Holt service station early this morning.
The man was arrested in Red Hill about 3.00pm after investigating police followed a successful line of inquiry.
The man will be charged with aggravated robbery and will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the web site www.act.crimestoppers.com.au