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Volume 18 No. 30
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2013
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Armed robbery spree
Criminals targeting northside shops
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CANBERRA S north has experienced a
spate of armed robberies and burglaries
at suburban supermarkets over the past
This winter, shops at Ngunnawal,
Nicholls, Charnwood, Latham and Holt
have all been targeted in separate
The rash of incidents is just the latest
in a pattern of criminal behaviour that
has been underway for years in the area.
Holt IGA, formerly SPAR, has
suffered three armed robberies in the
past three years.
Owner Joe Fallace, who has been
operating the local supermarket for the
past 16 years, said the criminal activity
went up and down but had been worse
"In the last few years we ve had an
increase in armed robbery, he said.
"We ve pretty much had three [armed
robberies] in a row.
The most recent took place last
month when a 21-year-old man, who
was later arrested, held up a supermar-
ket employee at knifepoint.
Holt supermarket employee Katrina
Gregoriou was working when the
previous incident took place about a
She said she was closing up on a
Saturday night when a man appeared
with a knife. Although she didn t seek
counseling after the incident she said it
made her very angry.
Mr Fallace said they had security
arrangements in place while police
regularly patrolled the area but was
unsure what could be done about the
"It s part of life these days, he said.
"People are getting more and more
desperate. I don t know what you can
put it down to -- the economy, drugs.
He said their most recent break-in
had cost them about $3000 worth of
stock and another $2000 to replace all
the glass windows that were smashed.
"The cost and inconvenience of
replacing everything is just through the
roof, Mr Fallace said.
The operators of the Handy Mart in
Latham said they had been hit about
eight times in the past two years with
thieves coming through the roof and
trying to break through the front door to
The Latham shop is one of the most
heavily fortified minimarkets on Can-
berra s northside with a plastic security
screen at the counter, to protect employ-
ees from attempted armed robberies,
and multiple CCTV cameras in place.
Staff member Mitchell Seymour outside the National Dinosaur Museum in Nicholls, which has just received a federal government grant to build on more
than $500,000 worth of its own improvements. FULL STORY Page 10.
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