30 December 2019

Shoppers took on robbers armed with knives at supermarket in Calwell

| Ian Bushnell
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Calwell shops

The Calwell shops where the attempted robbery occurred. Photo: File.

Shoppers at the Woolworths supermarket in Calwell foiled an attempted robbery by two men armed with knives on Saturday night.

Police said that about 9.40 pm the two men, one of whom was already serving an intensive correction order and the other on parole, entered the supermarket armed with knives and demanded money. Several members of the public intervened, and one of the offenders fled the scene on foot.

During a short scuffle, one of the members of the public received a cut to one hand before the second offender dropped his knife. That offender was then restrained and prevented from leaving the store until police arrived a short time later.

Following a report from another member of the public, the first alleged offender was found hiding in a nearby garage and arrested.

The men were remanded in custody and will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Monday, 30 December).

The 24-year-old man who fled the store will face charges of joint commission of aggravated robbery with an offensive weapon, trespass and breach of intensive correction order.

The other alleged offender, a 27-year-old man, will face charges of joint commission of aggravated robbery with an offensive weapon and breach of parole.

ACT Policing would like to thank the members of the public who provided information and assistance to police that aided in these arrests.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6478681. Information can be provided anonymously.


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