Two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16, will face the ACT Children’s Court today in relation to a spate of burglaries across five Gungahlin suburbs in the early hours of Monday, 2 January.
The break-ins occurred at 19 shops in Casey Market Town, Nicholls, Palmerston, Gold Creek and Crace shops.
Police were called to the Nicholls shops at around 3:30 am on Monday following reports of a burglary at the location. While attending the Nicholls shops, police received another report of a burglary at the Crace shops.
Police attended both locations and identified burglaries at three shops at Nicholls and two at Crace.
Further reports from the public and police enquiries revealed a further three burglaries at the Palmerston shops, two at the Gold Creek shops, and nine at the Casey shops.
The two boys were arrested in Giralang at about 6 am the same day.
The 15-year-old boy has been charged with joint commission going equipped for theft, two counts of joint commission burglary – intent to commit theft, and breach of bail.
The 16-year-old boy has been charged with joint commission going equipped for theft and two counts of joint commission burglary – intent to commit theft.
Investigations into the burglaries remain ongoing. Further charges against the pair and others are anticipated.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents or who may have witnessed any suspicious activity at shopping centres in the Gungahlin region between 12 am and 4 am on Monday, 2 January 2023, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Crime Stoppers ACT website.