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Teens charged after three-month crime spree

THREE youths had been charged with multiple offences following a crime spree across southern Tasmania between August and October, Tasmania Police announced today. The charges followed the recovery of a stolen car in the beachside Carlton area yesterday.

“On October 12, police recovered a vehicle [in the Carlton area] which had recently been stolen from Howrah,” a police spokesperson said. “Two 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old were arrested within a nearby private residence. It will be alleged that between August and October the youths entered multiple private dwellings in Howrah, Rokeby, Lindisfarne and New Norfolk, removing car keys and subsequently stealing vehicles from those residences. The youths also allegedly targeted unlocked vehicles,” the spokesperson said.

“Police will also allege the youths drove a stolen vehicle over the Bowen Bridge at 200km/h, before evading police. The youths were charged with 41 offences including aggravated burglary, stealing, dangerous driving, motor vehicle stealing, evade police, drug offences, unlicenced driving offences, graffiti offences and breaching court bail. Two of the youths were detained in custody to appear in court today. The third youth was conditionally bailed.

“Police would like to take the opportunity to remind members of the public to keep valuables out of sight and keep vehicles and residences locked when not in use to avoid becoming an easy target,” the police spokesperson said.

New Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch urges that anyone who witnesses a crime or suspicious behaviour to report the incident by calling Tasmania Police on 131 444. Information can also be provided to CrimeStoppers via www.crimestopperstas.com.au or 1800 333 000.

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