23 January 2024

Teenager charged as police continue hunt over break-and-enter spree

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Riverina police have charged a 15-year-old over an alleged theft at a Wagga business. The investigation into a series of break-ins continues. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

A teenager has been charged with several offences as part of an ongoing investigation into break-and-enters in the Riverina.

Riverina Police District officers were called to a report of stealing at a business in Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga, about 5:30 pm on 11 January.

Police allege a teenager stole cash from the till before fleeing.

Last Friday (19 January), Southern Mongoose (Strike Force Rubie) investigators executed a search warrant at an Ashmont home at about 7 am.

The 15-year-old male teenager was arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station.

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He was charged with entering a building or land with the intent to commit an indictable offence, larceny, and participating in a criminal group to contribute to criminal activity.

He was refused bail and appeared before the Children’s Court on the same day.

Inquiries under Southern Mongoose (Strike Force Rubie) continue.

In January 2024, Strike Force Rubie was launched to investigate a small group of offenders suspected of committing property crimes and targeting elderly residents.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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