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Teen holding up buses with a replica gun

By johnboy - 6 August 2011 23

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses in relation to an incident which involved an ACTION bus driver in Palmerston late last night.

Around 9:25pm last night (Thursday, 4 August) a boy approached a stationary ACTION bus on Kosciuszko Avenue, Palmerston and asked the driver if the bus was travelling to Belconnen. The driver told the boy that the bus wasn’t scheduled to travel to Belconnen, after which time the boy produced what appeared to be a replica firearm and demanded money.

The bus driver closed the doors of the bus. The boy fled the area, and was last seen running towards the Palmerston shops.

The bus later left the area and undertook its scheduled route.

Police were notified of the incident a short time later, and the driver spoke to police at the City Bus Interchange.

The boy is described as Caucasian, around 12 to 14 years of age, wearing a light coloured ‘hoodie’ and dark tracksuit pants.

Police would urge any witnesses to come forward who saw the incident or a youth matching the description in the vicinity of Kosciuszko Avenue around 9:25pm last night to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Teen holding up buses with a replica gun
Thumper 10:09 am 08 Aug 11

Wonder how long until he graduates to a baseball bat and machete?

Wonder how long it is until someone looks at him and says, “mate, you’re 12.” Then proceeds to beat him to a pulp.

Holden Caulfield 9:43 am 08 Aug 11

Wonder how long until he graduates to a baseball bat and machete?

sneakers 9:14 am 08 Aug 11

Ahh, Belconnen. So many memories ..

LSWCHP 10:11 pm 07 Aug 11

KB1971 said :

LSWCHP said :

Now that must be the toughest bus driver in the country. Closing the door on someone carrying a shooter because it looks like a fake is a pretty big call. And then the bus leaves the area and undertakes its scheduled route, as though nothing had happened. Righteous cool.

I hope they catch the douchebag kid, and I’m glad it all ended well for the driver.

The orange cap on the end of the gun probably gave it away……….

I was at the counter in the dark and noisy Intencity amusement parlour in Belco mall a couple of years ago waiting for my kids to redeem their tickets for lollies. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a young clown next to me pull a small shiny handgun out of his pocket and start to point it into the air as though he was about to fire a warning shot.

I had about 674 thoughts go through my head in one second as I considered all the options open to me. Luckily that second of “WTFT do I do now” prevented me from doing something like breaking his arm or neck, because it turned out the gun was fake and he was only trying to wind up someone in the queue at the counter. Don’t ask me what kind of person gets his jollies by pretending to pull an armed rob on his mates, because that would be another story.

Anyway, I have wide experience with firearms, and in a dark place with limited visibility this thing looked pretty real to me. Not all toy guns come with orange plastic caps in the muzzle.

Pity 10:00 pm 07 Aug 11

This is what happens when low breeds breed.

TP 3000 10:13 am 07 Aug 11

I wonder if this kid was part of the low lives who beat up an off-duty Police Officer at Palmerston Shops last year after he stepped & told them to stop assaulting another elderly person?

KB1971 7:55 am 07 Aug 11

LSWCHP said :

Now that must be the toughest bus driver in the country. Closing the door on someone carrying a shooter because it looks like a fake is a pretty big call. And then the bus leaves the area and undertakes its scheduled route, as though nothing had happened. Righteous cool.

I hope they catch the douchebag kid, and I’m glad it all ended well for the driver.

The orange cap on the end of the gun probably gave it away……….

cocopops 1:13 am 07 Aug 11

The feral kids in Palmerston these days are shocking, I have already got a few in mind who could be idiotic enough to try pull a stunt like this.

I agree with LSWCHP, thats one cool bus driver!

poetix 11:34 pm 06 Aug 11

LSWCHP said :

poetix said :

Jethro, the plural of bus is buses in Oz or British English. Gases is another example.

I think Jethro’s point is not the spelling of the plural, but the fact that the plural was used at all. In the story only one bus is referenced. The same thing occurred to me.

Sorry, the pedant in me jumped in too soon!

LSWCHP 11:18 pm 06 Aug 11

poetix said :

Jethro, the plural of bus is buses in Oz or British English. Gases is another example.

I think Jethro’s point is not the spelling of the plural, but the fact that the plural was used at all. In the story only one bus is referenced. The same thing occurred to me.

poetix 11:05 pm 06 Aug 11

Jethro, the plural of bus is buses in Oz or British English. Gases is another example.

Jethro 10:08 pm 06 Aug 11

Why the plural ‘buses’ in the title?

LSWCHP 9:40 pm 06 Aug 11

Now that must be the toughest bus driver in the country. Closing the door on someone carrying a shooter because it looks like a fake is a pretty big call. And then the bus leaves the area and undertakes its scheduled route, as though nothing had happened. Righteous cool.

I hope they catch the douchebag kid, and I’m glad it all ended well for the driver.

gospeedygo 10:30 am 06 Aug 11

That’ll teach the kid a valuable lesson; you have to stand INSIDE the bus if you’re serious about stealing some money.

Thumper 10:18 am 06 Aug 11

*sigh*

This kid has a great future….

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