A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged after allegedly stealing from a 91-year-old woman in broad daylight in Tamworth.
The teen was arrested in West Tamworth following investigations into the break-and-enter in Jean Street on October 23.
Oxley Detective Sergeant Matt O’Hehir said the elderly woman wasn’t injured during the confrontation.
“About 1pm, a young male offender entered the rear of a Jean Street residence and that male is alleged to have stolen a wallet and confronted the 91-year-old female occupant then fled from the house,” he told The Leader.
“An investigation commenced by Oxley detectives, and as a result of inquiries, a 14-year-old male was arrested on Tuesday and charged with aggravated break-and-enter and commit serious indictable offence.”
The teen was refused bail by police and spent the night in custody before fronting Tamworth Children’s Court on Wednesday where he was granted conditional bail.
The teen will reappear in court again next week.
“These sorts of incidents are extremely serious and as a result Tamworth detectives investigated the break-and-enter,” Detective Sergeant O’Hehir said.
Police warn the public to continue to lock-up, especially in the warmer weather, secure their valuables and be vigilant and contact police if they witness suspicious activity.- Oxley Detective Sergeant Matt O’Hehir
“The arrest forms forms part of the investigation under Operation Southbreak which is targeting break-and-enters and property crime in the South and West Tamworth areas.
“Police warn the public to continue to lock-up, especially in the warmer weather, secure their valuables and be vigilant and contact police if they witness suspicious activity.”
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