23 June 2022

Four teens accused of multiple car thefts and burglaries across Canberra

| Claire Fenwicke
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Club Lime Conder

Club Lime Conder was one location allegedly targeted by the teens. Photo: Google Maps.

Four teenage boys have been charged after a series of burglaries with allegedly stolen vehicles came to a head in Conder.

Two 13-year-olds, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested by Proactive Intervention and Diversion officers yesterday (22 June), with at least two accused of committing eight to 10 aggravated commercial burglaries dating back to last month.

Earlier this week, police received reports of a Toyota Prado being stolen by a young man from an Anytime Fitness Gym in Macquarie.

It’s believed that vehicle was then used by a group of teen boys to commit up to 10 burglaries throughout the Canberra region.

Then on Wednesday morning (22 June), it’s alleged the teens stole a Mazda sedan from an 81-year-old woman at Weston.

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That afternoon, the same teens travelled to Club Lime Conder where it’s believed they targeted unattended car keys before attempting to find the vehicles.

Police said they arrested the teens while they were trying to steal a third vehicle from the gym’s parking lot.

The four teens have since been charged with a series of offences, including taking a motor vehicle without consent, driving a motor vehicle without consent, theft, burglary, breach of bail, breach of good behaviour orders and attempting to obtain property by deception.

Police have reminded Canberrans that offenders were currently targeting gyms across the Territory, and they urged the community to make sure their valuables were secure when at fitness centres.

Anyone who can assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting 7141871.

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