Two 16-year-old youths have been arrested in Queenstown and
jointly charged with 13 offences following a series of thefts
from houses and vehicles.
Sergeant Steve Watt said the pair were arrested ''on site''
at 9.30pm on Wednesday after police spoke to the owners of a
The youths appeared in the Youth Court in Queenstown
yesterday on charges of burglary (three), wilful damage
(one), theft from cars (five) and unlawfully interfering with
a vehicle (four).
Sgt Watt said police usually would not arrest youths, but
''given the amount and sheer volume of crime it was
The pair had been targeting unlocked cars in Fernhill and
Closeburn, looking for cash and small items which they could
then sell to ''unsuspecting members of the public'', Sgt Watt
Stolen items, including clothing, had been retrieved, with
the help of the mother of one of the youths, he said.
Further charges were possible.