14 October 2021

Wannabe burglar repeatedly fails to break into safes, despite using angle grinder

| Albert McKnight
Start the conversation

Jacob Williams-Savage of Kambah has been found guilty over a string of crimes. Photo: Albert McKnight.

A wannabee burglar tried but failed to break into safes in a crime spree across Canberra, although he did eventually succeed at a Domino’s Pizza where he stole about $7500.

After a judge-alone trial, Justice David Mossop, who released his judgment on the ACT Supreme Court case on 11 August, found Jacob Williams-Savage guilty over the incidents. However, he cleared his co-accused of any wrongdoing.

He said the spree began on 5 April 2020 when Williams-Savage tried to open the door of the Quintessence Nail and Beauty salon in Page at about 3:00 am with a crowbar before using the tool to smash a glass door and driving away.

“He appears to have been disturbed by something and this led to him abandoning his attempts to [break into the store],” Justice Mossop said.

READ ALSO Rapist found guilty after blaming 16-year-old girl for arousing him

At about 4:40 am later that morning, Williams-Savage forced his way into a Domino’s Pizza store in Florey and attempted to open a safe with a crowbar but failed.

On 8 April 2020, he returned to the pizza store at about 2:00 am, forced his way inside while carrying a crowbar and cordless angle grinder, and used the latter to take the door off the safe.

He grabbed a Domino’s hot bag, placed the contents of the safe inside it and left, making off with $7560 in cash.

Next, at about 5:30 am on 12 April 2020, Williams-Savage broke into a Domino’s Pizza store in Fyshwick. Again he tried to open the safe with a crowbar but failed.

He went out to a car and came back with an angle grinder, but Justice Mossop said despite “working on [the safe] vigorously” with both the angle grinder and a crowbar, he still couldn’t get it open.

READ ALSO Gym-goer accused of refusing COVID-19 test

On 11 July, crown prosecutor Trent Hickey had told the court that police later found Williams-Savage had a receipt for angle grinding discs and a drill bit from Bunnings that he had bought on 11 April.

The co-accused was found not guilty of all charges, and while Williams-Savage denied the offences, he was found guilty of nine charges, including burglary, theft, damaging property and driving a motor vehicle without consent.

Williams-Savage, an unemployed Kambah man, will return to court at a later date.

Start the conversation

Daily Digest

Want the best Canberra news delivered daily? Every day we package the most popular Riotact stories and send them straight to your inbox. Sign-up now for trusted local news that will never be behind a paywall.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.