1 September 2011

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ACT Policing is searching for a man after he stole two computer tablets from the Belconnen Good Guys then forced another man to drive him to the city yesterday morning (Wednesday, August 31).

Around 10.10am a man entered the Good Guys store in Lathlain Street Belconnen. A short time later he fled the store after stealing two computer tablets (similar to iPads).

The offender then approached the driver of a purple Jeep Cherokee parked in Lathlain Street and threatened him at knife point to drive him to the city. When they reached Barry Drive in Turner, the offender got out of the vehicle and fled the area.

The offender is described as Caucasian in appearance, 20 to 30 years of age, about 185cm (6’) tall, with a slim build. He has short dark hair, tanned skin and crooked discoloured front teeth. He was wearing a dark-coloured long sleeved top with horizontal white stripes, blue jeans and a dark-coloured baseball cap.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen a man matching the above description in the city area yesterday to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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As long as a poltician isnt involved, Im sure the footage is good and wont be erased ‘by accident’.

He probably missed out on a HP touchpad the other week.

What really irritates (and astounds) me is the poor quality of the imagery provided by these “cameras”. It’s almost universally useless.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single piece of surveillance camera footage that would allow someone to immediately say “Oh yes, that’s Barry my next door neighbour pulling that burg”

We have a very expensive security setup at work, and I’ve seen it repeatedly fail to provide useful imagery of the various chook rooters who’ve come by to vandalise the place, break into our cars, do donuts in the carpark etc. An upgrade is in progress, but I don’t hold out much hope for improvement.

Even the footage of those clowns vandalising the statue in Civic last week was abysmal.

Muttsybignuts4:57 pm 01 Sep 11

How did he get to Belco? Do buses have security cameras?

Where he got off is quite close to Northbourne flats…

p1 said :

Does a shop such as the Good Guys have security cameras?

Yes, and they’re very reasonably priced from what I’ve heard.

creative_canberran2:17 pm 01 Sep 11

p1 said :

Does a shop such as the Good Guys have security cameras?

Can’t speak for this particular store but typically these retailers do. Often they’re connected to a DVR that holds the footage for days, even weeks. Furthermore, some stores have dual surveillance systems, one everyone knows about and managers have access to and another exclusively operated by the head office, presumedly to catch any fraud by managers (which has been known to happen). The systems will also often have live view monitors around the store and/or in the admin areas out back which in conjunction with panic alarms under the counters allows managers to see if something is going on.

Put simply, it’s very hard to do something like this and not be recorded, even if something is an inside job.

It’s not at all surprising that the offender was dropped off in Turner, Speaking to people who live in the area, Turner and Watson are hives of drug and property crime. Some have been known to have their vehicles broken into multiple times in a day.

Does a shop such as the Good Guys have security cameras?

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