Juvenile offenders allegedly responsible for a wave of burglaries over the past week

Lachlan AllenMidwest Times
Geraldton police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Chris Martin.
Camera IconGeraldton police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Chris Martin. Credit: Jessica Moroney/RegionalHUB

Off-duty police officers thwarted three juveniles during an alleged attempted burglary at a Geraldton bike store last week amid a spate of similar offences.

Geraldton police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Chris Martin said his officers stepped in after seeing suspicious activity on the roof of the building.

“The officers were walking past Revolutions Bike store on Marine Terrace when they observed a suspect on the roof of the premise,” he said.

“He was (allegedly) trying to pull a sheet of colour bond roofing out of place, while police also observed two other suspects watching the suspect on the roof.

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“Police called out to them and the suspects immediately attempted to flee the location.”

A 17-year-old Geraldton juvenile has been arrested and is remanded in custody.

Similar offences were reported throughout the week as a separate incident on Thursday saw three young boys allegedly enter the office reception of 12 Post Office Lane about 3pm and steal a key from the electric scooter parked inside before fleeing.

The three juveniles aged 11, 12 and 13 were arrested shortly afterwards and sent to the juvenile justice team.

The following day, four offenders stole a Playstation and earbuds during a burglary in Waggrakine.

The perpetrators allegedly approached the property from the back fence where they were captured on CCTV walking through the backyard and removing the camera from its housing.

Police say they proceeded to enter the house after removing a fly screen and climbing in an unlocked window.

Once inside they allegedly stole a PlayStation and earbuds placing it in the victim’s bag, before exiting through the unlocked window.

Two local juveniles ages 16 and 13 were apprehended and referred to juvenile justice team.

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