An Inverell teen has been charged with an array of break and enter offences, with the earliest allegedly occurring when he was just 11-years-old.
The 16-year-old was arrested at Inverell Police Station on Saturday, June 9, after visiting the building for an unrelated matter.
The earliest break-in he was charged with occurred in 2013. This followed the analysis of forensic evidence and ongoing inquiries.
“This shows that we’ll follow up any evidence we have, even if matters are several years old,” Chief Inspector Rowan O’Brien said.
“Where we can, we’ll still bring the perpetrators before the court.”
The teen was charged with aggravated break and enter, and steal in company in relation to an incident on Waratah Avenue on May 19, 2013. He was charged with break and enter assisted for a Lindsay Avenue residence on August 16, 2015 and break, enter and steal for a Granville Street robbery on April 11, 2016 as well as aggravated break and enter and commit indictable offence for a Wynne Street property on April 13, 2016.
Police say the teen stole cash and jewellery in most of the break ins.
The 16-year-old was granted conditional bail to appear at Inverell Children’s Court on Thursday, June 14.