Thursday, April 25, 2024

Teens arrested over string of robberies, assaults

Detectives have charged four teenagers over a series of alleged assaults and robberies in the state’s North Coast.

Police say that between October 31st and November 12th, five men – aged 77, 58, 53, 50 and 27 – were allegedly seriously assaulted in separate incidents at Evans Head and Ballina. All five required hospital treatment.

Detectives from Richmond Police District – with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad – established Strike Force Temoin after it was determined the incidents were linked.

Police will allege in each incident the men had arranged to meet a person they had been communicating with online.

After arriving at the agreed location, the men were allegedly confronted by a group of youths before being assaulted and robbed.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives located and seized a white utility during a search warrant at a property on the Pacific Highway at Broadwater about 1.20pm on Thursday.

The vehicle was taken for forensic examination.

“Following further inquiries, about 6pm, detectives arrested a 16-year-old boy during a vehicle stop on Langs Way in Broadwater,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“He was taken to Ballina Police Station where he was charged with robbery in company cause wounding/grievous bodily harm (x4), and wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.”

Around 9am yesterday, a 17-year-old boy was arrested after attending Ballina Police Station.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with wounding and wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Both teens were bail refused and appeared in a children’s court yesterday.

About 12.30pm today, after subsequent inquiries, detectives arrested two further teenage boys.

The boys, both aged 17 and from Broadwater, were taken to Ballina Police Station where they were charged with aggravated robbery with wounding and wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The pair was refused bail to appear in a children’s court today.

After the arrests, search warrants were executed at homes in New Italy, West Ballina, Evans Head, and two in Broadwater.

Items including prohibited drugs and goods suspected of being stolen during the assaults, were seized and will undergo forensic examination.

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