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Teen Offenders Arrested

Detective Senior Constable Simon Abbott and Detective Inspector Paul Quigg. PHOTO TWH

Three teens faced court last week charged after two break-ins and a pursuit in Bourke the previous week, and all have been refused bail.

Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Paul Quigg has congratulated local criminal investigators for their work in tracking down three youths involved in aggravated break-ins and police car pursuits on 25th January.

Detective Inspector Quigg said that Detective Senior Constable Simon Abbott, and Detective Senior Constable Ricky Coote, had very little information to begin with, but that tireless investigation efforts had paid off in the arrest of three teens for the alleged crimes.

“The community has been enraged by these crimes targeting vulnerable people who shouldn’t have to put up with being woken in the night and threatened with violence” Detective Inspector Quigg said.

“And this time the offenders have been refused bail which is better than previous incidents where police feel let down by the bail system”.

Police have issued a statement saying that three Bourke teens have been charged after two break-ins and a police pursuit in Bourke.

About 3.30am on Tuesday 25 January, three youths, allegedly armed with knives and glass bottles, forced their way into the nurses quarters at the rear of the Bourke hospital, threatening the young student nurses, before a mobile phone and car keys were stolen.

About an hour later, a 20-year-old woman woke to find a youth, armed with a knife, in her home on Wortumertie Street, Bourke. He allegedly took her car keys and mobile phone before driving away her hatchback.

The woman, and her 18-month-old baby, were not injured and police were alerted.

A description of the car was circulated with police involved in two pursuits around Bourke, which were terminated each time when they lost sight of the vehicle. It was found about 1pm Thursday (27 January), burnt-out behind a levee bank between the Kamilaroi and Mitchell highways, Bourke.

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