Arrests made over Young graffiti spree in October

One of the spray paint damaged cars pictured following an early morning graffiti spree in north Young early last month. Photo: contributed
One of the spray paint damaged cars pictured following an early morning graffiti spree in north Young early last month. Photo: contributed

Three juveniles from Young have been arrested in relation to the graffiti spree in north Young early last month.

Police made the arrests on Thursday, November 19, while investigating a break-and-enter at a primary school in Young earlier this week.

Police were notified of the break-and-enter on Monday morning and commenced an investigation.

It's alleged two juveniles, aged 15 and 11, have entered classrooms, stolen property and a number of items, disturbed property and allegedly sprayed whipped cream on the floor of a classroom.

Police say the alleged offenders left the classroom and remained on the school grounds before leaving.

On Thursday evening, November 19, police arrested a 15-year-old male in relation to the break-and-enter.

During the course of the investigation police spoke to the boy about the graffiti spree in north Young in early October. Soon after, an 11-year-old boy was arrested for the alleged break-and-enter and graffiti spree.

A third male, aged 12, attended Young Police Station and was also interviewed by police in relation to the graffiti spree.

For the graffiti spree, all three males will be dealt with under Young Offenders Act, participating in an outcome that involves the victims.

The 15-year-old was charged with aggravated break-and-enter of the primary school and was granted bail at Wagga Children's Court on Friday morning.

The 11-year-old was dealt with under the Young Offenders Act for the aggravated break-and-enter.

Inspector Jacob Reeves of Young Police said the arrests send a message that offences like this won't be tolerated.

"At the time these offences were reported I said that this activity was not reflective of our town and would not be tolerated in our town. I also said that the matter would not rest and that no stone would be left unturned to bring these offences to a resolution," Inspector Reeves said.

"We identified persons of interest very early in the investigation. My staff have been working in the background on this matter, speaking to members of the public and gathering sufficient evidence to take action.

"I hope the arrests bring a sense of resolution to the victims and the wider community and also serve to set a standard in our town and the wider Hilltops and Weddin local government areas that such offending against the homes and property of our residents will not be tolerated.

"We will engage with the victims over coming days to update them personally."