Teen charged over break-ins

POLICE have charged a 13-year-old Grafton boy and may charge other teenagers over two break-ins in Mary St, Grafton on Tuesday night.

Detectives made the dramatic arrest at Grafton skatepark on Wednesday and investigations continue.

Grafton duty officer Inspector Murray Gillett said one home had a large flatscreen TV, binoculars, antique cameras, commemorative wine and other memorabilia stolen on Tuesday night.

Another house had fishing rods and a chainsaw stolen.

"Police canvassed the area and spoke to people and information gathered led to the arrests," Insp Gillett said.

"The main person involved appears to be the 13-year-old but there are still more investigations being made and there are likely to be more people brought before the courts."

 

Attempted jail breakout

Insp Gillett said it may be difficult to pin responsibility for an attempted breakout from Grafton Jail on individual inmates.

Jail staff found a cache of "home-made" implements, including some rope fashioned out of bed sheets inside a wall cavity of a common area in a minimum security section of the jail.

Staff were tipped off about the hole in the wall, which had allegedly been concealed by replacing mortar with tissue paper, and pushed in eight loose bricks.

The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday prisoners used a makeshift hook to scrape the mortar out.

Insp Gillett said up to 10 inmates used the common area at any one time and prisoners were remaining tight-lipped over the plan.

He said charges may be difficult to lay without forensic evidence.

Topics:  break and enter, grafton jail, murray gillett



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