Public traps thief in car in Kambah

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MEMBERS of the public trapped a man in a car after he attempted to steal a car in the Kambah Village Shopping Centre on Friday (May 17). 

The man, a 31-year-old, had already allegedly stolen a car that morning, at about 8am on Reed Street in Greenway. It was a silver Toyota Corolla.

On Saturday, at about 11.30am, police received reports that the Corolla was driving dangerously on Boddington Crescent in Kambah.

Not long after, it is alleged the man attempted to steal two motor vehicles by force at a petrol station on Marconi Crescent in Kambah. Members of the public attempted to intervene and were threatened with a weapon. He then collided with a parked vehicle in the Kambah Village Shopping Centre car park before allegedly attempting to steal another motor vehicle by force. Members of the public intervened trapping the man in the motor vehicle until police arrived.

The man was charged with robbery, four counts of attempt robbery, dangerous driving, drive motor vehicle without consent, going equipped for theft, aggravated burglary, theft, attempt aggravated robbery, breach of bail and an outstanding warrant.

He faced the ACT Magistrates Court today (May 20).

Police say they don’t encourage people to take matters into their own hands, however, on this occasion police praise the brave actions of the members of the public who intervened.

Police urge anyone who hasn’t already spoken with police and who may have any information or dash-cam footage that could assist to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website using reference number 6397165 or 6397571.

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