A police officer has suffered a cut to the face while arresting a teenager allegedly connected to a break and enter on Monday night. Two men have also been charged by police in connection to the crime.
Oxley police confirmed on Wednesday two men and three teenagers were arrested after Tamworth Bike Scoot Skate allegedly had its front window smashed with a baseball bat at around 11pm on Monday.
Police said the group allegedly stole bikes and other valuables from the Darling Street store before fleeing.
Police were called to the scene and searched a nearby park, where they arrested a 16-year-old boy after a short struggle.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested on Carthage Street, Tamworth; and an 18-year-old, 19-year-old and 13-year-old were arrested on Hill Street.
All five of the alleged offenders were taken to Tamworth Police Station, where the two men were charged with aggravated break and enter and steal in company.
They were both given conditional bail and will appear in Tamworth Local Court at a later date.
Police confirmed the three teenagers will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
Chantelle and Kris Faulkner own Tamworth Bike Scoot Skate and told the Leader yesterday that they were counting the cost of the damage.
All the items that were allegedly stolen were found by police but the Faulkners said the recovered items weren't any good after they had been trashed.
They said the store has been cleaned to get rid of smashed glass and is still open for business.
However, their stock needs attention after glass scattered through everything from bike chains to helmets.