Police arrest teens over ‘high volume’ crime

Three teen boys face court over a series of separate alleged crimes ranging from home invasions to car thefts and endangering life, according to Geelong Police.

Detectives arrested the boys separately over the past week before they were remanded to appear in Geelong Children’s Court next Wednesday, police said.

The first arrest last Friday involved a 15-year-old from Corio wanted for alleged offending in his home suburb, Leopold and Geelong West.

“The male was charged with an attempted aggravated burglary in Leopold on 25 September 2019, theft of motor car in Geelong West on 26 September 2019, an attempted aggravated burglary in Corio on 28 September 2019 along with unlicensed driving and handling stolen goods,” police said.

Detectives laid the second arrest when they caught up with a 16-year-old from Newcomb on Monday.

“The male was charged with an aggravated burglary in Newcomb on 4 October 2019 along with theft, two counts of obtaining property by deception and committing an indictable offence whilst on bail,” police said.

The third arrest, of a 16-year-old from Corio, involved the most alleged crimes.

Detectives charged him with 12 twelve offences including several car and fuel thefts, a home invasion, reckless conduct endangering life and dangerous driving during a police pursuit.

Geelong Police praised its High Volume Crime Team for “great work” in arresting the boys.

“The whole team should be commended,” police said.

The team also this week arrested a 20-year-old Geelong man over alleged burglary offences at St Leonards, Leopold, Moolap, St Albans Park and Point Cook.

Wyndham detectives were “processing” his 17-year-old co-accused, who police said was from Point Cook.

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