Seven juveniles have been charged with 29 offences following a string of incidents throughout October allegedly causing approximately $150,000 in damage.
About 5.20pm on Thursday 3 October 2019 police were called to a home in Young regarding a grass fire in the backyard.
Police found the rear yard was completely burnt, and an inspection of the home found it in a state of disarray.
A crime scene was established, and Detectives attached to Young Police commenced an investigation.
Investigations revealed that the owners had left the house in an immaculate state having restored the home.
Police believe between September 20 and October 3 a group of juveniles broke into the house, stayed there, held a party and consumed approximately $5,000 worth of alcohol.
It is alleged members of the group consumed cannabis inside and left behind drug paraphernalia.
Every room in the home was damaged with spray paint and multiple household appliances were destroyed.
On Saturday 5 October 2019 police allege a female young person attended her home and took cash and car keys.
Various members of the group allegedly took turns in driving the car and it was later driven to the ACT where it was found with crash damage.
Four males aged from 14 to 16 years of age and three females from 13 to 14 years of age are alleged to be involved in these offences.
Young Detectives have charged all seven juveniles with the following offences:
- 7 counts of aggravated break and enter with intent,
- 7 charges of malicious damage in company greater than $5000 (Table 1),
- 2 charges of set fire to property of another,
- 4 charges of take and drive conveyance,
- 4 counts of drive unlicensed (never licensed),
- 1 count of larceny,
- 3 counts of be carried in conveyance and
- 1 count of malicious damage.
All juveniles were granted strict conditional bail and will face court with two of the offenders also charged with breaching bail.
At this stage, there are no outstanding offenders or offences.
This may change pending forensic results and/or the results of mobile phone examination.