Charges laid after alleged aggravated break-and-enters in Moree
Five youths will appear before children’s court charged after a number of alleged aggravated break-and-enters and police pursuits in and around Moree.
Local police, working with officers attached to New England Proactive Crime Team and the Police Dog Unit, responded to a number of incidents on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.
Following inquiries under Operation Regional Mongoose, five teenagers – aged between 14 and 17 – were arrested, and all have now been charged with a range of offences.
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated break-and-enter and commit serious indictable offence – people there, and breach of bail – in relation to the overnight incidents.
The boy has also been charged with one count of aggravated break-and-enter and commit serious indictable offence; armed in relation after a man was allegedly threatened by a person armed with a knife in his home in Wellington on September 24. The boy was also charged with an outstanding arrest warrant for seven charges in relation to an incident at Moree on September 24:
- Aggravated robbery (two counts);
- Demand property by force in company with intent to steal;
- Be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner;
- Destroy/damage property in company;
- Steal motor vehicle; and
- Destroy etc property in company use fire
- Three girls, aged 14, 16 and 17, have each been charged with steal motor vehicle, and intentionally throw object at vehicle – risk safety – as well as breach of bail while a 14-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated break-and-enter and commit serious indictable offence – people there.
All five have been refused bail to appear before a children’s court on Sunday, October 1.
Operation Regional Mongoose is a high-visibility police operation to tackle serious property-related crime committed predominately by youths. Inquiries are continuing.
Media Release: Saturday, September 30, 2023