Teen charged in Moree – Operation Regional Mongoose

A teen will face court today charged following an 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.

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 forced entry into a hotel on Gosport Street, Moree, and allegedly stole drinks and keys.

Following inquiries, about 7pm yesterday (Sunday 29 January 2024), police attempted to stop and speak to a teenage boy on Sullivan Place; however, he attempted to flee before being arrested following a short foot pursuit.

The 14-year-old boy was taken to Moree Police Station and charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence-people there, 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 (Monday 29 January 2024).

Inquiries under Operation Regional Mongoose continue.

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