Second teen charged in Moree – Operation Regional Mongoose

A second teen will face court today charged following an ongoing investigation into multiple property-related offences in the state’s north.

Operation Regional Mongoose is a high-visibility police operation to tackle serious property-related crime committed predominately by young offenders.

Just before 4am on Saturday (27 January 2024), a group of males allegedly forced entry into a home when they were confronted by the owner – a 67-year-old man.

Police were told one male picked up a scooter and swung it towards the man and struck a window causing it to shatter. The group threw items from the front yard towards the man before they fled on foot.

The man received a laceration to his face from the window being broken.

About 4.20am the same morning, the group allegedly forced entry into a hotel on Gosport Street, Moree, and stole drinks and keys.

Following inquiries, about 7pm on Sunday (29 January 2024), police arrested and charged a 14-year-old boy, where he remains before the court.

Following further inquiries, just after 12am today (Thursday 1 February 2024), police attended a home on Moree, and arrested a 13-year-old boy.

The boy was charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence-people there, two counts of participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, aggravated break and enter dwelling in company steal, and breach of bail.

He was refused bail to appear at a children’s court today (Thursday 1 February 2024).

Inquiries under Operation Regional Mongoose continue.

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