Police believe several local youths are responsible for various offences across Yarrawonga which occurred last Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday morning with the eldest being a 13 year old boy.
It is believed three youths have first jumped over a fence to gain access to a courtyard at Yarrawonga Health and stolen cash from a walker left outside the 94 year old victim’s front door.
The same youths at 1.30am, are also believed to have gained access to the roof of the hospital, where they discharged a fire extinguisher before throwing it to the ground.
Then at 4.45am, the same youths gained access to the roof of McDonalds Restaurant. They turned off the power to the building and caused damaged to a CCTV camera.
During this same night, if was believed they then forced entry on a cruise boat moored at the Yarrawonga foreshore. Alcohol, soft drinks, chips and BBQ gas lighters were stolen. A vehicle parked in a driveway in Dunlop Street also had money stolen.
The eldest, being a 13 year old boy, was arrested and charged on Thursday. He was remanded in custody over the weekend and was bailed from the Wangaratta Children’s Court on Monday
Cobram Crime and investigation Unit Acting Senior Sergeant David Young said the incidents were concerning and investigations are continuing in relation to the other children. “Youth crime is a big issue, state wide,” Sgt Young said.
Man charged over vehicle damage
Last Tuesday at 4pm, the victim parked his vehicle in Hume Street while attending Aqua Zone. From the water, he was observed an 18 year old offender known to him, kick his vehicle causing damage and remove the rear number plate. The offender was arrested by police later that night when attending another incident. He was charged with criminal damage and other unrelated offences and remanded in custody overnight. He will appear at the Magistrates court on 7th of March.
Esky stolen from boat
Sometime between last Sunday night and Monday morning, offenders gained entry into a cruise boat moored on the Yarrawonga foreshore. A red esky containing alcohol was removed but was dropped nearby after the handle broke.