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Thursday, April 25, 2024

10-year-old among four boys charged over Bourke motel break-ins

Four boys – the youngest aged just 10 years old – have been charged by NSW Police following a series of motel break-ins and a dangerous police pursuit in the state’s north west.

Police say that on Wednesday, October 19th, a 59-year-old man was asleep at a motel on Mitchell Street in Bourke, when three people with their faces concealed allegedly forced entry to the room and stole the man’s personal items including car keys.

“A Toyota Rav4 parked outside, was stolen and about 4am was involved in a pursuit with police in Bourke,” NSW Police said in a statement.

The pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns, and the Toyota was later recovered after being burnt out, Police said.

In a separate incident the following day, a man and two women were asleep at a motel on Mitchell Street, Bourke, when four people with their faces concealed allegedly forced entry to the room about 1.30am and stole the keys to a Mitsubishi Triton parked outside.

The occupants woke, disturbing the group who then ran from the room.

“Officers from Central North Police District were notified after the four people returned and allegedly threatened the occupants with a knife,” Police said.

Police conducted inquiries, and four boys were arrested, with the assistance of the Dog Unit following a foot pursuit.

The boys were all taken to Bourke Police Station.

A 15-year-old was charged two counts of aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence – people there, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, armed with intent commit indictable offence, two counts of enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, two counts of face disguised with intent commit indictable offence and breach of bail.

A 10-year-old was charged with enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, face disguised with intent commit indictable offence, custody of knife in public place, carry cutting weapon upon apprehension, and breach of bail.

They appeared at a children’s court on Sunday and were formally refused bail to appear at a children’s court today.

A 14-year-old was charged with enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, face disguised with intent commit indictable offence and breach of bail.

He appeared at a children’s court yesterday where he was granted conditional bail to reappear on Monday, November 7th.

A fourth boy, also aged 14, was charged with enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, face disguised with intent commit indictable offence.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on November 7th.

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