Boy charged after damaging property in Tuggerah

A young person has been charged after allegedly committing numerous malicious damage offences at a shopping centre on the Central Coast before threatening a person with a toy pistol in the car park, NSW Police say.

About 11am today, a 17-year-old boy was at a store in a shopping centre in Tuggerah, when he became abusive towards staff.

He then allegedly damaged racking as well as two mannequins, causing significant damage to them.

As he left the shopping centre, the boy allegedly smashed a large glass panel on a sliding door.

He then became involved in an argument with unknown person in the car park, pointing what appeared to be a pistol at them before driving from the scene.

About 7.30pm, the boy attended Toukley Police Station, where he was arrested and conveyed to Wyong Police Station.

A cap gun was also seized from him.

He was charged with two counts of malicious damage and one count of affray. He is expected to appear at Wyong Children’s Court on 22 November 2016.

Inquiries are continuing and further charges are likely.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers.

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