A teenager has been charged over three break and enters including allegedly $16,000 worth of mountain bikes being stolen in the Hunter Valley.
In June, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police Proactive Crime Team commenced Operation Golding to investigate and respond to an increase in property-related crime in Maitland, Rutherford and Aberglasslyn.
Following extensive inquiries, police attended a home in Aberglasslyn and arrested a 15-year-old boy about 12.30pm yesterday.
Police will allege the teenager was involved in three separate break and enter offences including allegedly breaking into a business on High Street, Maitland in April where more than $16,000 worth of mountain bikes were stolen and extensive damage was caused to the shopfront.
The teenager was also arrested over allegedly being involved in another on 30 April 2020, where a school on Weblands Street, Rutherford, was allegedly broken into and several iPads were stolen and a third on 22 June 2020, where a fast food restaurant on Arthur Street, Rutherford, was allegedly broken into, where a sum of cash was taken and the store suffered significant damage.
The teenage boy was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with three counts of aggravated break and enter in company with intent to steal.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Friday 17 July 2020.
Investigations under Operation Golding are continuing, with further arrests anticipated.
If you have any information, report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
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