A group of youths attempting to rob a house at Casino on Tuesday ran right into the arms of the law – literally – as they were leaving the premises.
But despite the lucky lead, Richmond Local Area command officers only managed to nab one of them at the scene, although the others are now being rounded up.
Police received a call about a break and enter at a house on Boronia Crescent and, as they approached the front door at about 12.20pm, a group of young males ran out of the house and into their path.
A 16-year-old was arrested and handcuffed while the others ran away.
Officers have subsequently identified the other youths and are in the process of taking action against them.
Police acknowledged the role of quick-thinking neighbours who phoned police.
‘It’s important to know your neighbours and keep an eye out for each other,’ stated crime prevention officer Laleynya Ryan. ‘You never know when you’ll need them.’
Goonellabah break-ins solved
Police have meanwhile arrested a 16-year-old youth and charged him with two aggravated break, enter and steal offences on Sunday (January 19).
In the early hours of Sunday morning, two houses in Joy Street and Canterbury Chase, Goonellabah, were broken into while their owners slept.
Golf clubs, computer equipment a backpack and navigation tools were stolen.
A 16-year-old Coraki youth was arrested in Lismore on Tuesday, and a subsequent search of another Goonellabah property resulted in the recovery of most of the stolen items.