A TAMWORTH teenager has spent Christmas behind bars accused of a raft of offences including armed home invasions and ramming a police car.
Tyler Price is accused of a wild crime spree across Tamworth including stealing cars, leading police on pursuits and robbing visitors to town inside cabins at caravan parks.
The 18-year-old was captured by local police following a public appeal to track the teen who was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by the court.
Price is accused of taking a Holden Commodore and failing to pay for fuel at a Goonoo Goonoo Road service station late on December 5 before committing a break-and-enter at Paradise Caravan Park in the early hours of December 6.
Police allege Price was one three offenders who forced their way into a cabin and threatened a couple, aged in the seventies and visiting Tamworth, before stealing goods.
Officers then intercepted the car they were in but abandoned a police pursuit because of the manner of driving through South and West Tamworth.
Price then stands accused of breaking into Williamsburg in the Tamworth CBD on the night of December 18 and stealing a staffer’s car.
The car was then used in the armed home invasion of a cabin at Austin Caravan Park that night.
Police allege Price then stole a blue car from the victims, as well as other goods including sentimental Special Olympics medals.
He then allegedly set fire to the first stolen car, torching it in Coledale as well as committing another beak-and-enter at Impala Estate.
The crime spree continued with Price accused of ramming a police vehicle during a pursuit and failing to pay for fuel as he attempted to evade capture.
Police were again forced to abandon the chase for Price and the other offenders.
Detectives have been hunting those responsible, and following a breakthrough in the case, captured Price.
Price is facing 13 separate offences including aggravated break-and-enter while armed, take and drive conveyance, damaging property by fire, police pursuit and dishonestly obtaining goods by deception.
He fronted an out-of-sessions bail hearing in Tamworth Local Court where he failed in his bid for release.
The serious nature of the charges triggered a show cause hearing but the court found he was an unacceptable risk of committing a further serious offence.
Price was refused bail and ordered to remain in custody until early-January.
investigations into the incident are continuing.
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