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Police Wrap – 9 June

By johnboy - 9 June 2009 0

1. Braddon robberies:

    ACT Policing is investigating two inner-city robberies that occurred this afternoon.

    About 4.30pm a man entered the Civic Video store on Lonsdale Street in Braddon and demanded money, threatening staff with a knife before making off in a white utility. An amount of cash was handed over.

    He is described as 50-60 years old, wearing sunglasses, a beanie and a fluorescent jacket.

    In a separate incident, three men wearing balaclavas threatened staff at the Braddon Club, on Donaldson Street, with a hand gun and a knife about 5.15pm, making off with a sum of cash.

    Two of the men are described as being about 180cm in height, of medium build and wearing joggers. One man was wearing a beanie and a navy jumper. The men were seen leaving the area in a white station wagon, possibly a Sigma.

    No staff members were injured during either of the incidents.

    Detectives from the Territory Investigations Group are investigating the two incidents, which are being treated as unrelated as this stage.

    Although Canberra is one of the safest cities in Australia, businesses are reminded to make sure adequate security measures are in place so they don’t present as a vulnerable target.

    Police always advise employees not to challenge an armed offender should they find themselves in this situation, but to concentrate on the offenders physical appearance, clothing, mannerisms and mode of transport as this will be extremely helpful to investigating police.

    Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers, anonymously if they wish.

2. Manuka servo knocked over:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery of a service station in Manuka yesterday (June 8).

    About 7.30am, a male offender entered the Shell service station on Canberra Avenue, threatened a staff member with a knife and demanded money before fleeing the store with a small amount of cash in the direction of Captain Cook Crescent, Griffith.

    The male offender is described as being Caucasian in appearance, approximately 5’8″ (178cm) tall and of medium build. He was wearing a black t-shirt wrapped around the lower part of his face, a dark coloured long sleeved t-shirt, and dark-green coloured cargo pants.

    Police attended the scene shortly after and conducted a search of the area however were unable to located any persons matching the description.

    Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious persons in the area, around the time of the offence or who know the identity of the offender to contact Crime Stoppers.

3. Firework crime reduced from last year:

    ACT Policing is investigating a number of recent property damage incidents suspected to be related to the misuse of fireworks.

    The total number of fireworks-related incidents reported to ACT Policing from midnight, June 6 to 4am June 8 was 63. The majority of calls taken by ACT Policing Operations were noise-related or as a result of fireworks being let off outside the regulatory period.

    The full number of fireworks-related property damage incidents is still to be finalised however, police believe fireworks-related attendances will be less than last year.

    The total number of fireworks-related calls taken by ACT Policing Operations over the period was 205, compared with 195 last year.

    An ACT WorkCover officer was stationed within ACT Policing Operations at Belconnen over the regulatory period to assist police in taking reports.

    During the Queens Birthday long weekend period last year (midnight, June 7 – midnight June 9) police received 86 reports of fireworks-related incidents.

    Some of the more serious damage reported over the long weekend suspected to be fireworks-related include:

    In Hughes on Saturday evening around 9.45pm, damage was sustained to a Ford Transit van belonging to a charity organisation;

    In Kambah around 10.30pm on Saturday evening, damage was sustained to a white Mazda sedan parked on a nature strip;

    At Pine Island in Tuggeranong around 3.40pm, a report provided to police of an incident where a public toilet was damaged;

    Five reports of damaged mailboxes and mail over the weekend at Mitchell, Aranda, Oxley, Mackellar shops and Hawker shops.

    Police would urge anyone who witnessed any property damage incidents, has any information about suspicious activity relating to possible fireworks incidents, including damage to property, over the weekend, to call Crime Stoppers.

4. Loads of heart meds hit the black market:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a theft incident in Civic 9/6/2009 where a large quantity of medication was stolen from a vehicle.

    About 4.30pm police were advised that two tourists had returned to their vehicle in a carpark off London Circuit to find it had been broken into. A search of the vehicle revealed that three backpacks containing large quantities of heart, diabetes and other medication had been stolen.

    ACT Policing has been informed that misuse of this medication can have serious health consequences and is warning members of the community against taking any medication that is not specifically prescribed for them.

    Anyone with information about the theft incident in Civic or the whereabouts of the stolen medication is asked to contact Crime Stoppers

If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

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