Long leg of law strikes



A BOY wanted for questioning over a Yamba store break-in was caught by police yesterday after a cross-country chase through Palmers Island cane fields.

Police arrested the boy about 13 hours after the break-in at the Target Country store at Yamba at 3.30am. Two boys broke the front glass window to gain entry and stole $3000 to $5000 worth of game consoles and other computer equipment.

The break-in triggered the alarm but by the time store security staff arrived, the thieves had fled. However, images of the thieves were caught on security camera footage. One was wearing a distinctive beanie.

At 3.15pm police in Yamba Road saw a boy, 14, wearing the beanie. The boy ran off into the cane fields.

Police officers Jane Morgan, Matt Gosper, Troy Moriarty and Trevor Stephenson gave chase for more than 2.5 kilometres on foot before he was caught 40 minutes later.

During the chase bystanders gave the police directions and offered assistance.

The boy, from Kempsey, has been charged with breaking, entering and stealing.

Police said the stolen computer gear was found in the boy's possession.

The other boy sought for questioning by police is in his early teens and was wearing a white shirt with three-quarter length trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Yamba or Maclean police.



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