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'Belco bandits' break-in at Aranda Bolt Bar captured on CCTV

The moment thieves smashed their way into an Aranda bar and loaded a shopping trolley with stolen liquor has been captured on CCTV.

Police are still searching for four people seen unloading bottles of booze into the boot of a car on Sunday morning, as part of a robbery at Bolt Bar.

An image of the boot loaded with allegedly stolen alcohol.
An image of the boot loaded with allegedly stolen alcohol.  Photo: ACT Policing

In footage published on Wednesday, two hooded offenders are seen attempting to smash in the glass window using what appears to be a metal bar before a third kicks the door in.

AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AT BOLT BAR, ARANDAACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary which occurred at the Bolt Bar in Aranda on Monday (8 February).At about 2.38am, police responded to a call regarding an aggravated burglary occurring at the Bolt Bar in Aranda. Five offenders had blocked off the carpark and were filling the boot of a vehicle with a large quantity of alcohol from the location. Following a foot pursuit by police, one offender was apprehended and the vehicle was located.Police are seeking witnesses to assist in identifying the other four offenders.Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Please quote reference 5920382. Information can be provided anonymously. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Posted by ACT Policing on Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The thieves bumble their way through the dark premises before one hops the counter and begins grabbing bottles from behind the bar.

One acts as a lookout while the third pushes the trolley around the side of the bar. The booze is stashed in the trolley before the robbers head for the door.

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Police said they were called to the bar at 2.38am where officers said they saw the group block off the carpark and begin to fill their car with stolen alcohol.

One offender was arrested after they were chased by police.

The bar resumed usual trading on Tuesday after Sunday night's break-in.

In a Facebook post, its owners praised police for catching one of the "Belco bandits".

"We would love to throw a huge shout out to ACT Policing and the Aranda locals for all the awesome work they put in during the early hours of Monday morning to get our stock back on the shelves and the would be robbers into custody!" they wrote.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at act.crimestoppers.com.au.