9 February 2009

Police Wrap - 9 February

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1. A time travelling media release from the future warns up a hold-up at the Canberra City Gateway Hotel in Lyneham:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred at the Canberra City Gateway Hotel in Lyneham today (February 9).

    Around 1.45am the male offender entered the Northbourne Avenue address and placed a bag on the main reception counter. He then jumped over the counter and threatening the receptionist with a small firearm, demanding cash. The victim gave the man the day’s takings. The offender then ran from the hotel along Northbourne Avenue towards Dickson.

    The offender was described as Caucasian, 173cm (5’8″) tall, wearing a white hooded top with a black striped bandana concealing his face, black pants and blue surgical gloves on his hands.

    General duties and Specialist Response and Security (SRS) Dog Team officers conducted a search of the area and AFP Forensic Services attended the scene.

2. Albert Hall PA goes walkabout:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a burglary which occurred at the Albert Hall in Yarralumla.

    Around 2.30pm February 7 police attended the Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue in response to the report of a burglary. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime between midday on Monday (February 2) and 4.30pm on Friday (February 6). The public announcement system, including a mixer, an equaliser and a CD player, was stolen. The approximate value of the property stolen is $42,000.

3. City Walk mugging:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Civic February 8.

    Around 4.30am a 21-year-old Reid man was walking along City Walk, in the vicinity of the Canberra Centre, when he was approached by two men. The men demanded the victim’s wallet. He initially refused but then handed over $20 after the offenders threatened to “beat him up”. The offenders then left the area. The victim then walked to Glebe Park where he contacted a security guard and reported the incident to police.

    The offenders are described as being of Pacific Islander appearance.

If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au

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I used to work in corporate AV staging and it’s amazing what people will let you do when you’re dressed in black, holding a clipboard and driving a white van.

It reminds me of the urban legend about a bunch of dudes dressed in white lab coats who wandered into Woden Plaza years ago in the middle of the day equipped with ladders and trolleys and simply removed all the Bose PA speakers from their mounts, loaded them into a white van and drove off with them.

$42,000? must’ve been some good gear.

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