Three teens arrested in Maningrida for allegedly stealing and smashing ranger vehicles

by | Oct 20, 2020 | Cops | 1 comment

Three teenagers have been arrested for allegedly stealing three vehicles from an Indigenous corporation and damaging them beyond repair, including rolling one onto its roof in Maningrida, NT Police said.

The Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation reported to thefts and damage over the weekend via social media.

Police said on Tuesday that the three teenage males forcibly entered the business premises at around 2:00am on Sunday, where they allegedly caused property damage before taking the keys to the vehicles.

An hour later at 3:00am, one of the stolen vehicles crashed and rolled onto its roof while the other two vehicles collided with each other, he said.

It was not mentioned if the alleged teenage thieves suffered any injuries.

The offenders then allegedly returned to the community in one of the damaged vehicles and returned it to the shed from where it had been stolen.

“All three vehicles were damaged beyond repair,” police media manager Rob Cross said.

The unlawful entry was captured on CCTV and police were able to identify, locate, and arrest the three teenagers on Monday, he added.

An 18-year-old male and two 17-year-old males have been charged with aggravated unlawful entry, aggravated unlawful use of motor vehicle, criminal damage, and stealing.

They were all remanded in custody and scheduled to appear in Darwin Local and Darwin Youth Courts on Tuesday.

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