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Police Wrap – 7 July

By johnboy 7 July 2009 5

[First filed: July 07, 2009 @ 10:06]

1. Nicholls Art Heist:

    ACT Policing is investigating the burglary of an art gallery and theft of two paintings by artist David Boyd in Nicholls.

    The paintings, of significant value, were stolen sometime between 8pm on Sunday (July 5) and 10.20am today (Monday, July 6) when offender(s) broke into the back room of the Aarwun Gallery on O’Hanlon Place. Other paintings of lesser value were left behind and no other part of the gallery was disturbed.

    One of the works titled Fun and Games at Cockatoo Watering Hole is an oil-on-board painting, 37cm x 30cm in size.

    The other work titled Two Children and Three Sunflowers is an oil painting, 37cm x 32cm in size.

    AFP Forensic Services has attended the scene.

    The stolen works are distinctive and easily recognised. Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity in the O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls, area last night to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on

    Police would also like to remind the community that receiving stolen property is a serious criminal offence. Anyone offered these paintings for sale should contact police on 13 14 44 or via Crime Stoppers where information can be provided anonymously.

2. Kaleen petrol station knocked over:

    ACT Policing is investigating an aggravated robbery which occurred at the Caltex service station in Kaleen Tuesday, July 7.

    Around 6.15am two men entered the service station on Maribyrnong Avenue. One produced a knife and threatened the staff member. The men then removed the cash from the register and some cigarettes before leaving on foot in a westerly direction towards Alberga Street.

    One of the offenders is described as 18 to 20 years old, 5’11”(180cms) tall, with short reddish-blonde hair and was wearing a black hooded fleece jacket, black tracksuit pants with three white strips down the side, white runners and was holding a white and black bandana.

    The second offender is described as being of Aboriginal or Islander appearance, 18 to 20 years old, 5’7” (170cms) tall, with dark hair and was wearing a red hooded jumper under a black hooded jacket, dark blue tracksuit pants and was using a white t-shirt to cover his face.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity around the Caltex service station on Maribyrnong Avenue this morning to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    In particular police would like to talk to a man driving a blue sedan who arrived at the service station as the offenders were leaving.

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Swaggie 11:04 am 08 Jul 09

Cookey I Would have thought the “bad guys” had to shoulder ALL the blame for the robbery.

Graham Cooke 10:26 am 08 Jul 09

That Caltex was my local station, but I stopped using it because 1 – Caltex has business interests that support the Burmese Junta and 2 – they started adding a penalty for the use of credit cards. This second reason is obviously an incentive for people to use cash rather than cards, therefore it becomes a more tempting target for the bad guys. Caltex management have to shoulder some of the blame for this robbery. I’ll be filling up at Shell Dickson tonight.

chickenboy 11:47 pm 07 Jul 09

It really isn’t ACT Policing’s fault – they were taught how to write briefs by the Law Society ‘n’ you know how those buggers hedge their bets. Anyway, I heard Davey may’ve fallen on hard times……insurance scam perhaps, or publicity stunt. Hey…… maybe the boys in blue are on to something here. Nah. Anyway Davey, Nicholls is a big place. Get yourself off to Lowes – tracky daks, a flanno and some Dunlops on the feet. How are they gonna spot ya?

caf 11:09 am 07 Jul 09

ACT Policing is investigating the burglary of an art gallery and theft of two paintings by artist David Boyd in Nicholls.

Arrest David Boyd immediately! (Way to write an ambiguous sentence, ACT Policing!)

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