Public tipoffs and video footage sent to the police has aided in the arrest of six youths involved in multiple property offenses in the Greater Darwin area this week, including an 11-year-old child who allegedly breached bail, NT Police said.
A 10-year-old and a couple 12-year-olds were also among those arrested.
On Tuesday, authorities alleged the youths stole a vehicle in Millner then went on a crime spree in Malak, Fannie Bay, and Eaton where they forcefully entered businesses and stole unspecified valuables.
Detectives from Strike Force Trident said they identified and arrested the six youths on Wednesday, who were allegedly involved “at various stages of the property offending.”
An 11-year-old child and 14-year-old, who both breached bail, are scheduled to appear at the Darwin Local Court today to face additional charges including stealing, unlawful use of motor vehicle, unlawful entry of a building, damage to property, and serious breach of bail.
A 15-year-old meanwhile was charged with unlawful use of motor vehicle and stealing. He is set to appear in court on November 17, 2021.
Three youths aged 10, and two 12-year-olds will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act 2005.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Bland said investigations into these property offences are ongoing.
“Police would like to thank the members of the public who reported these incidents as they were occurring, and for those who sent in footage,” Sgt Bland said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner for regional and remote policing Craig Laidler earlier this week expressed his disappointment over apprehending youths who are involved in property crimes.
“We’re remanding them in custody, there’s no issues there. But these are property offenses, they’re going to be released from custody at some stage even when they’re sentenced,” Mr Laidler said, speaking to Mix104.9 about the recent crime spree in Alice Springs.