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Cars were used to force entry into two jewellery stores. Source: ACT Policing
Cars were used to force entry into two jewellery stores. Source: ACT Policing

Jewellery stolen in ‘ram-raid’ burglaries

In an unusual ‘smash and grab’ case, brazen thieves have used cars to break into the premises of two jewellery stores located in shopping centres.

Both incidents took place in Canberra within one day of each other, and police indicated they could be linked.

The first robbery occurred on Monday 30 March when a stolen vehicle crashed through the front doors of the Kippax Fair shopping centre. CCTV footage shows the thieves driving a short distance through the shopping complex before ramming the car into the front facade of a jewellery store and stealing a number of items. It was reported that the store – identified as Exquisite Jewellers – was also robbed in April and November 2014.

A similar incident occurred the following day at the Gungahlin Village shopping complex. The thieves again targeted a jewellery store – Diamond Ring Designs – and used a stolen vehicle, which had been driven through the complex, to gain entry to the premises. The car was later found in another suburb of Canberra with fire damage.

The two incidents, which ACT Policing referred to as “ram raids”, took place early in the morning before the jewellery stores had opened and two suspects were believed to have been involved in both burglaries.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Thursday 9 April in relation to the Gungahlin robbery and was charged the day after with burglary, property damage, driving a stolen vehicle and arson. He has been remanded in custody until Friday 24 April.

At the time of publication, an ACT Policing spokesperson told Jeweller that investigations into both thefts were ongoing and that police were still looking into the second suspect and the possibility of a connection between the two cases.

Due to the fact that the matter was being handled in court, the spokesperson added that police were unable to disclose the value and type of jewellery that had been stolen.
 

Watch the CCTV Footage

***CCTV footage of Gungahlin ram-raid released***Our Video Operations technicians have been working hard all day obtaining the CCTV footage from this morning's ram-raid in Gungahlin.Around 5.10am today (Tuesday, March 31), police responded to reports that a stolen silver Subaru Impreza wagon had been driven into the Gungahlin Village shopping complex, breaking through the doors from a carpark at the rear of the complex. The vehicle was driven into the arcade complex and then into the front of a jewellery shop. If you have any information that could assist police, please contact ACT Policing Operations on 131444. You can also contact ACT Region Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via https://act.crimestoppers.com.au to report anonymously.If providing information, please quote reference number: P1363328#lockupyourscubies

Posted by ACT Policing on Monday, 30 March 2015

 

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