Crime arrests

A 16 year old Tolland youth suspected of possible connections to the spate of break and enters in Narrandera and Wagga in recent months was arrested in Leeton last week.

This follows the recent arrest of a 36-year-old man at Hay in relation to break-ins at Narrandera.

The boy arrested at Leeton had escaped from custody at the Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre.

However, he was back behind bars just hours after he was bailed for a string of drug and property offences.

The teen was arrested after a widespread police search involving all available officers and lasting weeks.

He was bailed, then arrested again after allegedly threatening two residents in Raye Street, Tolland late last week.

The boy’s mother was also involved in an altercation.

The boy is a suspect in several incidents that occurred in Wagga, and possibly also incidents in Narrandera.

Police sources said the boy was yet to be formally charged with anything, despite posts on Facebook that claim he may have been responsible for some of the Narrandera crimewave.

While the number of break-ins in Narrandera has dropped significantly (see story page 4), there are still some incidents occurring.

A break and enter was reported last Saturday in Barellan. The victim came home to find the main bedroom had been ransacked.

On August 27, a 38 year old man was charged with a count of take and drive conveyance without the consent of the owner.

In the afternoon of August 27 a garage was broken into at a residence in Sturt Street and a small amount of cash was taken along with a black mountain bike.

On the same day in Arthur Street, people at home in a residential premises saw a young person acting suspiciously. They checked the front of their house and found a second young person attempting to remove the flyscreen of their house. The young person fled.

On August 25 thieves forced entry to a residential premises on Whitton Street. A laptop, an external hard-drive, gaming equipment, mobile phones and other homewares were stolen. The thieves also stole the keys to a car on the premises.

That night the thieves returned and stole the car.

On August 27 about 9pm police were alerted by members of the community about what they thought was a break and enter at a business in Grong Grong. Members of the public described seeing a red car.

A short time later, Highway Patrol officers located a car matching the public’s description on the Sturt Highway between Narrandera and Grong Grong, heading towards Narrandera.

A check was run and confirmed the car had been stolen from Narrandera on August 25. Police engaged in a pursuit with the stolen vehicle, although when the car entered Narrandera the pursuit was terminated.

The car was located outside a residence in Arthur Street. It was found to contain a number of items believed to have been stolen from the business in Grong Grong. Police seized the vehicle and it was towed for further examination.

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