Armidale youths arrested over bike shop theft

ARRESTS: Police have arrested five youths over the theft of bikes.

ARRESTS: Police have arrested five youths over the theft of bikes.

ARMIDALE police have arrested five young people over a break-in at a cycling shop at the weekend.

Officers were called to a local bike shop in the early hours of Monday morning.

On arrival it was discovered four competition style mountain bikes had been stolen, with a collective value of $11,000.

Officers from the New England Local Area Command Target Action Group were investigating the incident and reached a breakthrough on Monday afternoon.

New England crime manager, Detective Inspector Ann Joy said five youths aged between 13 and 16 years old were arrested over the incident and interviewed by police.

Inspector Joy said two of the youths were initially refused bail by police, to front court on the related charges.

The three other youths were granted conditional bail and will appear in Armidale Children’s Court at a later date.

All of the allegedly stolen property was recovered by police, she said.