Teen girls' string of charges

Emma Channon

FRAUD, stealing, drug and burglary charges - all before their 20th birthdays.

Three teenage girls - aged 15, 18 and 19 - have been charged with a number of property offences after police raided a Warwick residence on Wednesday to find a hoard of stolen goods.

Police believe the stolen property was from a robbery reported at another address earlier in the week.

The 19-year-old was charged with burglary, fraud and stealing and will face Warwick Magistrates Court at a later date alongside the 18-year-old who was charged with burglary, fraud, stealing and other drug offences.

The 15-year-old was dealt with under the juvenile justice system, with the charges accompanying an increase in juvenile crime in the region.

"We are seeing younger offenders," a police spokesman said.

"They're mostly group and gang-related crimes they're involved in."

In other crime news involving juveniles, a 16-year-old Warwick youth has been remanded in custody after taking part in an alleged violent home invasion and assault on Wednesday.

The Warwick Magistrates Court was told yesterday police would allege that three males were driven to a Wantley St address about midday, where they forced entry and bashed occupants inside.

They are then said to have been picked up and driven off by the same person.

One of the three alleged offenders, Beau James Fogarty, 18, was also remanded in custody after Magistrate Graham Lee ruled he was an unacceptable risk of re-offending if released on bail, which police opposed.

The third male charged, Jamie-Lee O'Grady, 18, was released on bail, with the trio due to appear in court again on May 29.

Topics:  charges, crime, teens, warwick magistrates court



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