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Teen charged over alleged robbery of 82-year-old man

A teenage boy who allegedly broke into the Northern Tablelands home of an 82-year-old man and robbed him of his car and wallet will face court today.

Police say that in the early hours of Friday, March 26, officers responded to reports four people had forced entry to a home on Niagara Street in Armidale.

“It is alleged the group woke the occupant – an 82-year-old man – and demanded personal items including his wallet and keys,” NSW Police said in a statement.

The group then fled the scene in the man’s vehicle, which was later recovered in O’Dell Street, Armidale.

“In April, officers attached to New England Police District established Strike Force Sowing to investigate multiple aggravated break and enter offences in the Armidale area,” NSW Police said.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives executed a search warrant at a home on Erskine Street, Armidale, yesterday afternoon.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested and taken to Armidale Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, obtain a financial advantage by deception, and dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception (three counts).

He was refused bail to appear before a children’s court today.

Police say their investigations are continuing into further recent aggravated break and enter incidents in Armidale.

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