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Four charged following break-ins and pursuit - Bourke

Monday, 24 October 2022 10:59:15 AM

Four boys charged following alleged motel break-ins and pursuit in the state’s north west.

On Wednesday (19 October 2022), a 59-year-old man was asleep at a motel on Mitchell Street, Bourke, when three people – with their faces concealed – allegedly forced entry to the room and stole personal items including car keys.

A Toyota Rav4 parked outside, was stolen and about 4am was involved in a pursuit with police in Bourke.

The pursuit was terminated due to safety concerns, and the Toyota was later recovered after being located by police burnt out.

In a separate incident, on Saturday (22 October 2022), a man and two women were asleep at a motel on Mitchell Street, Bourke, when four people – with their faces concealed – allegedly forced entry to the room about 1.30am and stole the keys to a Mitsubishi Triton parked outside.

The occupants woke, disturbing the group who ran from the room.

Officers from Central North Police District were notified after the four people returned and allegedly threatened the occupants with a knife.

Police conducted inquiries, and four boys were arrested, with the assistance of the Dog Unit following a foot pursuit.

The boys were all taken to Bourke Police Station.

A 15-year-old was charged two counts of aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence - people there, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, police pursuit - not stop - drive recklessly, armed with intent commit indictable offence, two counts of enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, two counts of face disguised with intent commit indictable offence and breach of bail.

A 10-year-old was charged enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, face disguised with intent commit indictable offence, custody of knife in public place, carry cutting weapon upon apprehension, and breach of bail.

They appeared at a children’s court yesterday (Sunday 23 October 2022) and were formally refused bail to appear at a children’s court today (Monday 24 October 2022).

A 14-year-old was charged with enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, face disguised with intent commit indictable offence and breach of bail.

He appeared at a children’s court yesterday where he was granted conditional bail to reappear on Monday 7 November 2022.

A fourth boy, also aged 14, was charged with enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence, face disguised with intent commit indictable offence

He was granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Monday 7 November 2022.