Youths questioned, charged over car thefts

POLICE have charged one youth with three counts of stealing motor vehicles following a spike in car theft offences in the past two weeks.
Nanjing Night Net

Leeton detectives interviewed 11 young people last week as part of investigations into a number of motor vehicle thefts.

Police reported six vehicles had been stolen, or attempts made to steal them, in a matter of days recently, as well as another being stolen last week. The young person who was charged appeared before the Griffith Children’s Court last Thursday morning and was granted bail.

However, he was then found to be in breach of his bail conditions on Thursday night and was arrested Friday morning for failing to comply with these conditions.

The remaining 10 youths will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

Griffith Local Area Command Detective Inspector Paul Smith was pleased with the arrest, but disappointed another motor vehicle theft had occurred last Thursday.

“Unfortunately incidents of vehicle theft have continued in Leeton with a utility stolen (Thursday) night,” he said.

“Police reinforce their appeal to the public to secure their vehicles and report any information they may have in relation to these crimes to Leeton police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

POLICE have charged one youth following a spate of car thefts recently.

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