A 10-year-old and a 12-year-old out on bail have been charged for allegedly breaking into a Palmerston house and stealing a truck early Saturday, NT Police said, as the two boys were bailed again while the search for their accomplices continues.
Authorities said around 2am, a 12-year-old boy and three unidentified accomplices, allegedly entered a residence in Moulden.
The group searched for the car keys inside the house and stole them.
The kids then drove off a Mitsubishi Triton belonging to the Palmo resident. Police did not detail if there were other belongings stolen from the victim’s house.
NT Police said the truck was seen driving dangerously all the way to Millner.
Police said the car crashed in Millner later the same day. But they did not disclose the time it crashed or if the stolen vehicle had been returned or was badly damaged.
Strike Force Trident detectives said they later identified a 10-year-old boy as a suspect for stealing the car.
Both the 12 and 10-year-old boys were arrested on Monday and have been charged with serious breach of bail. They were then bailed again.
The 10-year-old boy is scheduled to appear in court on March 4, 2022.
Meanwhile, the 12-year-old was charged with unlawful entry in a dwelling, stealing, and aggravated unlawful use of motor vehicle.
He is scheduled to appear in court on February 11, 2022.
“NT Police will continue to engage with government agencies and the wider community to combat youth crime,” Acting Superintendent Mark Bland said.
“Police CCTV has proven a vital tool in not only preventing crime but identifying offenders.”
Supt Bland reminded the public to report incidents of crime directly to police on 131 444, and “not just post to social media.”