Teen charged following investigation into aggravated break-in – Operation Regional Mongoose

A teen has been arrested following an investigation into an aggravated break and enter 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.

About 1.30am yesterday (Monday 17 June 2024), two males attempted to enter a home on Wylie Place, Tamworth, and fled on foot when unsuccessful.

A short time later, the pair allegedly forced entry into a home on Mayne Drive and stole keys and a Great Wall ute.

The ute was located on Reservior Street about 7am yesterday and was seized for forensic examination.

Following inquiries, about 11.10am yesterday, police attended a home in Tamworth and arrested a 17-year-old boy.

Police allegedly located and seized 55 keys believed to be from homes, and 5 safe keys.

He was charged with:

  • Face blackened/disguised with intent commit indictable offence
  • Enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence
  • Aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence-people there
  • Be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, and
  • Goods suspected stolen in/on premises (x7).

The teen was refused bail and appeared at a Children’s court yesterday (Monday 17 June 2024), where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Tuesday 2 July 2024.

Inquiries under Operation Regional Mongoose continue.

Anyone with information about Operation Regional Mongoose 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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