Crime spree youths charged for spate of school break-ins

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FIVE teenage boys aged 15 and 16 have been charged with sev­eral break-and-en­ter of­fences at lo­cal schools.

The youths, who live across the re­gion in Port Dou­glas, Moss­man, Miallo and Wonga Beach, have each been charged over re­cent break-ins at Moss­man State High and Wonga Beach State Pri­mary School.

Last Fri­day night or the fol- low­ing morn­ing, the of­fend­ers al­legedly forced the roller-screen up at Wonga Beach’s tuck-shop and climbed in to steal drinks and ice-blocks.

Prin­ci­pal Michelle Davis said the whole school is dev­as­tated by the dam­age caused.

“Nat­u­rally we are very dis­ap­pointed with this be­hav­iour,” she said.

“Schools are very im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­sets which need to be pro­tected.

“We are ask­ing the com­mu­nity to be our eyes and ears - if any­one saw or heard any­thing please con­tact the po­lice with this in­for­ma­tion.”

Sev­eral class­rooms were bro­ken into at Moss­man High School over the past two week­ends, Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch se­nior de­tec- tive Trevor Per­ham said.

“On one oc­ca­sion the home eco­nom­ics room was bro­ken into when the of­fend­ers de­mol­ished a sky-light to gain ac­cess from the roof,” he said.

“They cut pad­locks off of fridges and a cold room and the only prop­erty stolen was a small tub of ice-cream.

“The of­fend­ing chil­dren have been spo­ken to by Moss­man de­tec­tives, there’s no ob­vi­ous mo­tive for the com­mis­sion of the of­fences - they can’t of­fer any rea­son why, they were just bored.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and if you have any in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Moss­man po­lice on 4098 2177 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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