Failed break-in

IPSWICH detectives have charged a teenager with more than 70 offences following a failed break-in attempt at Springfield.

The 16-year-old had been linked to dozens of ram raids, break-ins and burglaries across Ipswich and Brisbane.

He was caught out in the early hours of Saturday morning when a vehicle he was in crashed near the scene of a break-in at the Spring Lake Tavern, about 5am Saturday.

Police later charged the boy with 71 offences, including 28 counts of breaking and entering businesses, 16 of unlawful use of motor vehicles, 11 burglaries, five counts of evading police and seven stealing offences.

Seven of the alleged offences were directly linked to Ipswich and included break-ins, car thefts and ram raids.

Ipswich Criminal Investigation Branch's Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tolsher said it was a significant arrest.

"This person was a significant target from Operation Kilo Perpetual, which focused on ram raid offences across the south-east," he said.

"Detectives from Ipswich and those working within Task Force Perpetual have managed to interview this juvenile over several days, which has resulted in these charges."

The incident which resulted in the arrest of the teenager came as a result of a response to an intruder alarm at the Spring Lake Hotel early Saturday.

The juvenile appeared in court at Ipswich on Wednesday, when he was remanded in custody to appear again on June 18.



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