A 17-year-old alleged car thief has become the first arrest made from Katherine’s new police operation.
Police yesterday arrested and charged the 17-year-old youth with a number of property offences dating back to December.
Katherine police have launched a year-long operation to crack down on shop break-ins.
Operation Pelion is a direct response to community fears on a big jump in local crime.
Police today claimed the youth committed unlawful entries at six businesses in Katherine and Palmerston, and was involved with stealing a total of 10 vehicles from all businesses.
It is also alleged that the youth was involved in a police pursuit in one of the stolen vehicles.
Superintendent Daniel Shean said, although he evaded police at that time, the youth’s offending eventually caught up with him and so did the police.
“Operation Pelion is in full swing with this first arrest being made yesterday,” he said.
“Operation Pelion members will continue to work diligently to make further arrests for unlawful entries in Katherine.”
The youth is scheduled to appear in court today for the following charges:
- Unlawful entry – building x 6
- Stealing x 5
- Damage to property x 4
- Unlawfully use a motor vehicle x 7
- Drive a motor vehicle while unlicensed x 4
- Fail to obey direction of Police Officer x 1
- Driving vehicle dangerous manner – pursuit x 1
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