Youths charged over crime spree
FOUR youths have been charged following a spate of aggravated break and enters in the Casino area over the weekend.
Between the evening of Saturday 1 October and the morning of Sunday 2 October 2011, eight houses in Casino were broken into and an amount of property was stolen.
Police will allege during one of the incidents at Acacia Avenue an 82-year-old man was confronted in his home by three males and seriously assaulted.
The man was allegedly punched in the face and hit with a chair. He sustained bleeding and lacerations and was treated for his injuries in hospital.
In another incident a 52-year-old woman was allegedly confronted by two males who had broken into her home in Rosewood Avenue.
The woman was threatened with a samurai sword before the two males allegedly stole an amount of property before fleeing the scene.
Police will also allege a house in Cascade Drive was broken into where a shotgun and .22 rifle were stolen from a firearm safe.
On Monday 3 October police from Richmond Local Area Command attended a house in Tallwood Street, Casino where they recovered a number of items allegedly stolen during the break-ins.
Three males, aged 13, 14 and 16, were later arrested following a short foot pursuit.
The 13-year-old was charged with two counts of aggravated break, enter and steal.
The 14-year-old was charged with three counts of aggravated break, enter and steal and one count each of assault with intent to rob, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breach of bail.
The 16-year-old was charged with three counts of aggravated break, enter and steal and one count each of assault with intent to rob and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
All three youths were refused bail to appear in Lismore Children's Court today.
About 9:30pm last night (Monday 3 October 2011) officers attached to Richmond TAG arrested a 17-year-old male for his alleged involvement in the break-ins.
He was charged with two counts of aggravated break, enter and steal and assault with intent to rob and will also appear in Lismore Children's Court today Local Court.