Raptor Squad officers have charged a second teenager after Doonside memorial vandalised – Strike Force Impede

Raptor Squad officers have charged a second boy for allegedly vandalising a memorial following the death of a teenager at Doonside earlier this year.

Following the death of an 18-year-old boy at Doonside in April 2024, a memorial was established by family and friends on Power Street, Doonside.

On Monday 15 April 2024, the memorial was allegedly damaged after three people attended the site, physically kicking the items and dispersing them over the roadway.

The incident was filmed and distributed via social media and officers from the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad commenced an investigation under Strike force Impede.

One 17-year-old boy has been charged for his alleged involvement in the incident and remains before the courts.

Following extensive investigations Strike Force officers executed a search warrant yesterday (Thursday 13 June 2024), on a Rooty Hill home.

During the search police located and seized ammunition.

About 7.30pm the same day police returned to the Rooty Hill home where they arrested a 15-year-old boy. He was allegedly found to be in possession of cannabis.

The teen was taken to Mt Druitt Police Station and charged with destroy or damage property, possess prohibited drug and fail to comply digital evidence access order direction.

He was also charged with robbery in company in relation to an alleged robbery at a Mt Druitt shopping centre in June and possess unauthorised prohibited firearm after a phone – allegedly containing photos of him in possession of a shortened pump action shotgun – was previously seized by police.

The teen was refused bail to appear before Children’s Court today (Friday 14 June 2024).

Investigations under Strike Force Impede continue.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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