A free office chair was found in a parking lot in Canberra, sparking outrage from some residents and politicians.
Key points:Police said a man had been taken into custody for allegedly breaking into an office at Parliament HillThe chair was later found at a police stationIt is believed the man was taken into police custody at around 3am todayPolice said the man had broken into an area of the Canberra City Council’s West precinct and had left the chair in the car.
“It is a stolen vehicle,” Acting Senior Sergeant Brian O’Dwyer said.
“The chair has been found on the side of the road.”
The chair, which is valued at about $10,000, was discovered on the sides of the motorway, near the intersection of Morningside Drive and Macquarie Road.
“I think that is a pretty good indication of what’s going on,” Acting Sergeant O’Driscoll said.
Police said they had spoken to the man who had been arrested, but it was not clear if he was still on bail.
“We have spoken to him, and we are looking into the circumstances around this,” Acting Inspector Peter Williams said.
Acting Inspector O’Dea said police were now working with the ACT Police Anti-Riot Unit to establish what, if any, charges were being laid.
“There are a number of charges that we are pursuing against the man for a range of offences, and it’s important we work with them as a whole and do that all together,” Acting Commissioner Paul White said.’
We have been told by witnesses to do it ourselves’Police said no other cars had been involved in the theft, which happened just before 8:00am (AEDT).
“We are aware of reports of a person breaking into a vehicle in the City Council area,” Acting Chief Commissioner Peter White said in a statement.
“At this time, we have been informed by witnesses that they have done it themselves and we have advised that the person is in custody.”
Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Brown said the investigation was continuing.
“Police have taken steps to protect the public, and are assisting in the arrest of the suspect,” he said.
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