18 March 2024

Seven youth charged with 77 offences following two-week Weipa property spree

| Cape York Weekly

Seven Mission River boys have been charged with 77 property offences following an alleged two-week crime spree in Weipa. Photo: Supplied.

Detectives from the Weipa Criminal Investigation Branch have charged seven young people with more than 77 property offences over the past two weeks.

It will be alleged during one incident on March 3, 2024, six boys entered a property on Central Avenue at Rocky Point, causing significant damage and attempted to steal a vehicle.

A 15-year-old Mission River boy was charged with 18 offences, including three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, enter premises and commit indictable offence, trespass, attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle, wilful damage, one count of stealing, attempted enter premises.

A 14-year-old Mission River boy was charged with 11 offences, including four counts each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and enter premises, two counts each of attempt enter premises, and one count of wilful damage.

Both boys are scheduled to appear in the Weipa Children’s Court at a later date.

Three 16-year-old Mission River boys and two 14-year-old Mission River boys will also be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act 1992.

Police said they were also investigating a break and enter that occurred at a Mankina Court address at Rocky Point around midnight on March 13, 2024.

A window and security screen were damaged, however, no property was stolen.

Police are reminding Weipa residents to stay vigilant and ensure they lock up when they are not at home, and to report any suspicious behaviour.

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