Five children charged over wild crime spree across far north NSW

FIVE children, including one as young as 12, have been charged with a string of offences after an alleged crime spree across the NSW Far North Coast.

Police will allege the group attended a shop on Jonson Street, Byron Bay, on February 24 and stole goods before a teenage girl punched a store employee.

They then attended a store around 200m down the road where they stole goods before threatening a store employee with a knife.


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Two days later, the group are accused of stealing goods from a store at a Tweed Heads shopping centre and again threatening a store employee with a knife.

Another two days later, it’s alleged they were travelling in a black Audi – believed to be stolen – south on the M1 near Kingscliff.

Police initiated a pursuit before the vehicle crashed a short time later.

The driver – a 14-year-old boy – and passenger – a 12-year-old boy – were arrested at the scene and taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for observation before being transported to Tweed Heads Police Station.

Officers then conducted extensive searches of the Kingscliff area and located three teenagers – a 16-year-old boy, and two girls aged 14 and 15 – in a makeshift campsite the following afternoon.

Police searched the area and seized weapons, property and clothing believed to be stolen.

All five teenagers were charged with a total of 21 offences.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon, police pursuit – not stop – drive at speed, two counts of be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner and larceny. He was refused bail to face a children’s court tomorrow.

A 12-year-old boy has been charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon, two counts of be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, larceny and shop lifting. He was refused bail to face a children’s court today.

A 14-year-old girl has been charged with robbery in company, two counts of robbery armed with offensive weapon, larceny and be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner. She was refused bail to face a children’s court tomorrow.

A 15-year-old girl has been charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon, be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, receive property stolen outside NSW and possess prohibited drug. She was granted conditional bail to face a children’s court later this month.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon and be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner. He was granted conditional bail to face a children’s court later this month.

The group were charged as part of Operation Marauder, which was launched in late January 2020, after a spike in vehicle and property theft, and subsequent fraud offences across the region.

To date, the operation has already resulted in 27 arrests and more than 100 charges laid.

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