Youths charged over town burglaries

Tuesday January 30, 2018 Written by Published in Crime

Three teenagers have been charged with burglary and appeared in court following a spate of break-ins in town.

 

One of the accused is 16 and has appeared before the High Court, the others are aged 14 and 15 and have been referred to the Children’s Court, say police.

The charges relate to recent incidents at Empire Cinema, the MFEM Building and the Banana Court complex earlier this month. Offices behind the cinema were targeted by thieves, who attempted to get into the pharmacy on Taputapuatea Rd and vandalised the offices of Development Holdings after smashing down a door. Items were also stolen from the cinema.

The 16-year-old appeared in High Court on a burglary charge. He did not enter a plea.

The teenager was released on bail and will seek counsel before his next appearance on February 15.

The two younger boys also face burglary charges and their case has been referred to the Children’s Court. It is thought that other charges are pending.

They have also been released on bail.

Police expressed frustration over the recent spate of break-ins. A spokesman said: “The time, effort, and resources spent by the police to resolve criminal activity like this, is generally anticipated to be repeated again.”

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