Detectives have recovered stolen bicycles and scooters valued at $36,000 and arrested seven people following an investigation into the break and enter of a business at Orange.
Earlier this week, officers from the Central West Police District’s Orange Proactive Crime Team commenced an investigation after several bicycles and scooters were allegedly stolen from a business on Lords Place at Orange.
Police were told the store had been targeted during two separate incidents on Saturday 6 March 2021 and Sunday 7 March 2021.
Following inquiries, police arrested an 18-year-old man and three boys – aged between 10 and 12 – at Glenroi and Orange Police Station between Sunday 7 March 2021 and Thursday 11 March 2021.
The 18-year-old man was charged with aggravated break enter and steal. He was granted strict conditional bail to appear before Orange Local Court on Monday 19 April 2021.
The three boys were dealt with under the Young Offenders Act, with one referred to NSW Youth Justice.
Following further inquiries, police arrested two boys – aged 10 and 16 – at Glenroi on Tuesday (9 March 2021).
The pair were taken to Orange Police Station, where the 10-year-old boy was dealt with under the Young Offenders Act, and the 16-year-old boy was released pending further inquiries.
About 1pm yesterday (Thursday 11 March 2021), a 15-year-old boy was arrested at Clifton Grove and taken to Orange Police Station. He was referred to NSW Youth Justice.
In total, police located and recovered seven scooters, 10 bicycles and other property across various locations in Orange, valued in excess of at $36,000.
Further bicycles and scooters remain outstanding.
Detective Chief Inspector Bruce Grassick, Central West Police District Crime Manager, said police will continue in their efforts to manage youth crime across the district.
“Officers attached to Central West Police District are actively engaged in prevention and disruption programs with various stakeholders in order to ensure young offenders are diverted from the criminal justice system,” Det C/Insp Grassick said.
“Police will continue to manage youth crime with an emphasis on diversion.”