Five juveniles arrested after crime spree appear in court

UPDATE: THE five juveniles arrested in Cecil Plains this morning have appeared briefly in custody before Dalby Children's Court.

The boys, from Chinchilla, Withcott and Hervey Bay, were all remanded in custody.

Solicitor Peter Sloane appeared for all five via telephone hook-up from Toowoomba Children's Court and told the court none of the five would be making an application for bail at this stage.

Mr Sloane asked that all matters be adjourned for mention before the court on Monday.

Magistrate Tracy Mossop therefore remanded all five in custody and adjourned their respective cases to Monday.

Police will allege the group's crime spree began earlier this month when, on July 12, a Volkswagen was stolen from a Chinchilla property.

That vehicle was later involved in a break and enter at the Crows Nest IGA about 10.40pm on July 14, and a service station burglary in Yarraman a short time later.

Police last night saw the boys allegedly travelling in the Volkswagen headed east on the Warrego Highway at Warra about 8.50pm.

About 30 minutes later, stingers were deployed on Drayton St in Dalby, deflating the passenger side tyres.

The vehicle with the boys inside allegedly continued travelling towards Cecil Plains where, about 11.30pm, the group attempted to steal a Toyota LandCruiser.

As the vehicle was being reversed, it got wedged on a fence and the boys decamped on foot.

The Toowoomba Dog Squad tracked the boys to a shed on a Cecil Plains property where they were arrested about 2.15am.

A 17-year-old Eli Waters boy has been charged with five counts of break and enter and one count of armed robbery.

He has also been charged with two counts each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, evade police, dangerous driving, possession of dangerous drugs and stealing and three counts of unlicensed driving.

A 16-year-old Eli Waters boy, a 16-year-old Chinchilla boy, a 15-year-old Chinchilla boy and a 14-year-old Withcott boy have all been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and armed robbery.

The 16-year-old Eli Waters boy has also been charged with enter dwelling and commit an indictable offence.

 

EARLIER: FIVE juveniles have been arrested after leading police on a wild chase last night.

The group, aged 14 through to 17, was arrested in Cecil Plains early this morning after a car stolen from Chinchilla earlier this month was seen on the Western Downs.

Police will allege the group, all boys, were in a Volkswagen station wagon stolen from Chinchilla on July 12.

The boys allegedly were involved in a fuel drive-off from a service station about 10pm.

Officers investigated and tracked the vehicle to Dalby where police deployed stingers to try and stop the car.

The deployment was partially successful with the two passenger side tyres shredded, but the vehicle was driven off.

The car with damage to its passenger side was found in Cecil Plains and the dog squad dispatched to the area.

Police will allege the group tried to steal a Toyota LandCruiser from a Cecil Plains property but were interrupted by the owner who heard the car starting.

The resident tried to stop the group with police alleging one of the boys swung at the man.

The group in the LandCruiser was arrested a short time later when the car was reversed into a fence and got stuck, police said.

The boys have been held in police custody at the Dalby watch house since their arrested about 2am, and are due to appear in court today.

Police will object to any bail application made.

The boys have been charged with a string of offences include unlawful use of a motor vehicle, evade police, stealing, and robbery.



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