Ripping yarn in the AFP’s media releases today involving deception, intrigue, theft and car accidents.
Police allege the story started when some of the seven male teenagers involved inspected a 1996 Holden Commodore SS at a car yard, and subsequently managed to switch the keys from this car with those of another, similar vehicle at the same yard.
“With the switched keys to the car in their possession, two of the group allegedly returned to the yard later that night and stole the vehicle,” runs the story. This was the cue for a night of chaos, including allegedly tripping red light and speed cameras across Canberra and stealing a tank of petrol from a Phillip service station.
Police allege that after this, the boys picked up some of their friends (presumably the other five thought to be involved) and headed out to the Cotter, “where the driver lost control at high speed when rounding a bend, ran off the road, over an embankment, became airborne and crashed into trees”. Police later found the burnt-out car where it had been dumped.
Five of the offenders have been formally charged and either appeared in court and bailed or in custody awaiting a court appearance. The remaining two offenders are sought by police and will be interviewed shortly.