No ringleader charges: Four teens and one adult charged over grog theft in stolen vehicle

by | Sep 7, 2021 | Cops | 0 comments

Two 13-year-olds who were out on bail are facing charges for allegedly stealing a car and engaging in a crime spree with three others around Darwin on Sunday night, NT Police said, while a 20-year-old who was involved is facing lesser property offences and has not been charged as a “ringleader”.

One 13-year-old male is facing seven charges, including driving a motor vehicle unlicensed, failing to drive in traffic lane, aggravated robbery and serious breach of bail – while a 20-year-old adult male, who was also allegedly involved when the two 13-year-olds picked him up before breaking into a business, is facing lesser charges of breach of bail and property offences.

NT Police did not explain why the 20-year-old male was not charged under the Gunner Government’s much-hyped “ringleader” legislation introduced in Parliament earlier this year.

The five were arrested yesterday, after two of them allegedly stole the car from a 36-year-old man at the Casuarina KFC parking lot on Sunday night around 8:30pm.

Police said the youths who stole the car then picked up the other three and drove to a Frances Bay restaurant that they allegedly attempted to break into before driving to a Winnellie hotel where they allegedly broke in and stole “a large amount of alcohol”.

Four of the five were charged with breaching bail after being located at a Malak home on Monday, among other charges including stealing and unlawful entry.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Bland said the car was located and returned to the owner, while all five alleged offenders would be appearing in court today.

“This incident was senseless, cowardly, violent behaviour, and these individuals will face court for it,” he said.

Government figures released in July showed nearly half of 239 young offenders arrested in the NT in the first nine months of the last financial year had committed crimes while on bail and most of those were bailed again, while only one adult has been arrested under the Gunner Government’s new “ringleader” legislation, new figures show.

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