ACT Policing is seeking assistance from members of the public who may have seen or heard suspicious activity at two schools in Tuggeranong which had been targeted by thieves in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday, November 4).
In what police believe are related incidents, around 2.17am today an alarm activation occurred at McKillop Catholic College in Ellerston Avenue, Wanniassa where it was reported that entry had been forced to the school and seven Optiplex-branded computers stolen.
Police were later called to the Wanniassa Hills Primary School in Langdon Avenue, Wanniassa where they were informed that an alarm activation had occurred at the premises about 3.15am. Entry had been forced to the premises and a number of computers stolen.
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An alarm activation also occurred at Stromlo High School early today, but no burglary has yet been reported to police.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity near either school premises in the early hours of this morning to contact Crime Stoppers.
2. Weston Mugging:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the assault and robbery of two teenagers near Cooleman Court in Weston last night.
About 8.30pm yesterday, the two male youths, one aged 13 and the other 14, had been walking home on the bicycle path near the Independent Living Centre on Parkinson St, Weston when they were followed and then punched by a group of 4-5 other males aged between 17-18 years.
Stolen from the victims was a sum of cash and personal property, including a blue and grey drawstring sports bag with an orange Puma symbol, clothing, wallet, a student ID card, a compact-sized JBL speaker and a sum of cash.
The victims received minor injuries.
The offenders were described as all males. The person who assaulted the victim was described as Caucasian, tall, wearing a white singlet top with a large slogan on the front. This offender was also bald and clean shaven.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons, such as that described, or suspicious activity in the area of Cooleman Court in Weston last night between 8pm and 9pm to contact Crime Stoppers
Detectives from ACT Policing’s Sexual Assault Team have arrested a 52-year-old man after a search warrant was executed on his Melba home yesterday (November 4).
Police will alleged they seized three computer hard drives containing images and videos of suspected child pornography during the warrant.
The AFP Computer Forensic Team will undertake further analysis of these drives to determine the number of images and films.
The alleged offender will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (November 5) charged with possession of child pornography and using a carriage service to access child pornography.
ACT Policing is investigating an assault in a car park at Emu Bank, Belconnen on Tuesday night (November 3) which resulted in a man being conveyed to hospital.
Police attended the car park outside the Lighthouse Bar in Belconnen around 8.20pm when it was reported that an altercation occurred between one man and a group of three others (two males and a female).
The victim in the assault was a 24-year-old Evatt man, who was punched to the ground and then kicked by the three others.
One of the offenders was described as being of African appearance, tall and thin with a shaved head. He was in the company of a Caucasian male with a solid build, while the female had long brown hair in a ponytail and was wearing three-quarter length pants and singlet-type top.
The offenders were believed to have been in a red Mitsubishi Lancer with ACT registration plates.
Police believe there may be several witnesses to the car park incident who could provide further information to assist the investigation but have not yet provided statements. Any witnesses to the incident who have not yet spoken to police, or anyone who may be able to identify the offenders is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
5. RAPID does more:
ACT Policing is broadening its Traffic Operations-focussed use of computerised number plate recognition to target property crime offenders in specific regions of Canberra.
ACT Policing’s RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDenitified) number plate recognition system has been deployed on roads throughout Canberra to detect unregistered or uninsured vehicles, unlicensed or disqualified drivers, drivers wanted on a warrant, or those in breach of their bail conditions.
In this new role, RAPID will be deployed within a specific patrol zone, with an emphasis on specific suburbs where it will perform the same function, but aimed more specifically at detecting those offenders who use stolen cars and/or registration plates to convey stolen goods and/or drugs.
Superintendent Mark Colbran, from ACT Policing Traffic Operations, said that analysis of data such as locales of recent burglaries, thefts, stolen motor vehicles and/or other types of property crime would be used to identify the locations where the RAPID Property Offences Strike Team (POST) set up. RAPID will be uploaded with updated vehicle and offences information before each deployment.
“Although previous RAPID deployments have identified property offenders, this is the first time that ACT Policing has used the technology specifically in a property crime role,” Supt Colbran said.
“We know from our research that property crime offenders use stolen cars or vehicles with stolen plates to transport stolen property. We also know that many property offenders have no qualms about driving unregistered cars or driving without a valid licence. We will use both these facts to assist in both apprehending and deterring offenders.”
“The team will move into position quickly – both on suburban streets and on arterial roads – then use both fixed and mobile RAPID to blanket areas of interest and stop any vehicles which trigger an alert on our system.”
The RAPID strike team will begin its deployments from November 4. The programming and locations of the deployments will be dictated through ongoing collaboration with ACT Policing Intelligence.
ACT Policing has released a face-fit image of an offender believed to have been involved in an incident in Chapman on Sunday morning (1 November) which left a 16-year-old boy with injuries.
Police responded to a call for assistance in Sidaway Street about 12.30am after the victim and his 17-year-old friend were approached by three males who got out of a waiting vehicle and asked for money or alcohol.
The victim and his friend began to walk away from the car after telling the males they had nothing to give them. One of the males then lunged at the victim from behind, stabbing him in the back with a sharp object before running away.
The victim was treated by ACT Ambulance Service at the scene before being transferred to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition. He has since been released.
The male offender has been described as muscular and approximately 183cm (6’) in height. He has short, light brown hair with a distinctive braided rat’s tail running from the back of his head to the bottom of his neck. He was wearing a black hooded jumper with a zip and spoke with an Australian accent. He got out of the front passenger seat of the vehicle.
A second man who had been seated in the rear passenger side seat was described as about 188cm (6’2”) in height with a medium build and wearing a white hooded jumper with black stripes running down the sleeves.
The third man, seated in the rear driver side seat, was about 170cm (5’7”) in height with a solid build and wearing a black hooded jumper.
The driver of the vehicle, which is described as a large white sedan with P-plates, remained in the car during the incident. All four men are described as between 16 and 19 years of age.
Anyone who thinks they may know these men or who has any information that may assist police is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers.
ACT Policing’s newly assembled RAPID strike team has had an immediate impact in its first three days of operation, detecting 32 unregistered and 13 uninsured cars.
In addition, the RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) Property Offender Strike Team, working in cooperation with ACT vehicle inspectors, detected 8 unlicensed drivers, two unroadworthy vehicles, and issued 21 defect notices.
One stolen motor vehicle was detected by the system, and the strike team has already been responsible for the apprehension of two juvenile offenders conducting a residential burglary.
The RAPID strike team will continue to focus its efforts on the Tuggeranong area, adding a property crime offenders’ detection and deterrence capability to its already well-recognised role in contributing to road safety in the ACT.
If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.