12 August 2019

Vehicle set on fire inside secure Mitchell police facility

| Lachlan Roberts
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A vehicle has been set on fire inside a secure police facility in Mitchell in the early hours of Monday morning (12 August).

Around 4:40 am, police were called to the ACT Policing Exhibit Management Centre (EMC) on Vicars Street, Mitchell following reports of a vehicle fire.

Upon arrival, police found a vehicle well alight within the secure gates of the EMC. The vehicle sustained significant damage, while two other closeby vehicles were damaged by the heat.

No other property or building structure was damaged during the incident.

ACT Policing is reviewing CCTV footage from the EMC and is calling for witnesses to come forward.

The EMC is the location where ACT police preserve property and drug exhibits. It houses recovered property and also evidentiary items to be used in court proceedings.

It is believed that the vehicle that was set alight was not a police car.

Detective Acting Station Sergeant Mark Rowswell said ACT Policing are conducting a review of security arrangements at the EMC following the incident.

“I would strongly urge anyone with information on this incident to contact police or Crime Stoppers immediately,” Detective Acting Station Sergeant Rowswell said.

If you have any information regarding this incident that could assist police, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6427026. Information can be provided anonymously.

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