ACT Policing believes the same offender was responsible for three separate attempted aggravated robberies on Canberra’s northside last night (Thursday, July 10).
Witnesses are being sought to all three incidents and police enquiries are ongoing.
Around 6.40pm, an offender entered a supermarket at Cook and threatened staff with a bladed weapon. As he made the demands, a customer boldly struck the offender on the back of the head with a full bottle of red wine. The offender stumbled forward, then ran off without taking any cash or property.
This offender was described as being 5’9” (174cm) tall, and wearing a dark coloured hooded jacket.
Around 7pm, an offender described as Caucasian, normal build, aged in his 20s, and around 5’5” to 5’7” (165-170cm) tall, entered the supermarket at Scullin with a knife and made threats to staff. He fled from the supermarket when a car pulled up in the carpark outside.
Around 10 minutes later, police believe the same offender entered a business premises in Higgins, demanded money and threatened staff with a knife. The staff steadfastly refused the demand, and the offender then ran off.
Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police and may have information about any or all of these three incidents are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.
(ACT Policing Media Release)