Police link historic aggravated robberies


Following new information ACT Policing’s Crime Disruption Team have found a crucial link between five separate historic aggravated robberies across Canberra between 2009 and 2010.

The incidents from November 2009 and August 2010 include KFC Greenway, Red Rooster Wanniassa, Lanyon Vikings Club in Conder and twice at McDonalds Fyshwick.

Superintendent Criminal Investigations Scott Moller said a single piece of information is now crucial to all five.

“An appeal for information was made following an aggravated robbery on 14 June 2010 at the Wanniassa Red Rooster store. A member of the public contacted CrimeStoppers with information that we now believe is relevant to all five incidents and we would like to speak to this person again,” said Superintendent Moller.

“If you are the caller I urge you to get in contact with police or CrimeStoppers.” 

The five incidents are detailed below:

About 9.30pm on Sunday 1 November 2009, an employee from Fyshwick McDonalds was walking to his vehicle when he was approached by two men armed with weapons. Demands for cash from the restaurant were made and the victim complied.

About 12.20am on Friday 13 November 2009, a man armed with a firearm approached a Greenway KFC employee while they were emptying the rubbish behind the restaurant. The victim ran from the scene to a nearby restaurant and called police.

Around 10.40pm on Monday 14 June 2010, two male offenders armed with knives threatened a Red Rooster Wanniassa employee outside of the store, ordering them to re-enter the store, where a sum of money was stolen.

Around 1am on Saturday 26 June 2010, two male offenders armed with knives entered McDonalds Fyshwick. The offenders entered the store and went into the manager’s office, where they threatened staff, demanded cash and left.

At approximately 11.30pm on Monday 16 August 2010, three male offenders entered the Lanyon Vikings Club in Conder. One man was armed with a knife and another was believed to be armed with a small silver handgun.

During the Lanyon Vikings Club incident the men threatened an employee and forced him to access an internal office, where a quantity of cash was stolen. Another separate sum of money was stolen from one of the club’s tills. 

Police are urging anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 6283658. Information can be provided anonymously.

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