Teens charged in town crime spree
Several incidents are under investigation by Narrogin police relating to an alleged crime spree that has plagued the town over the past month.
A dozen incidents in Narrogin, including burglaries and vehicle thefts, were reported to police between February 18 and March 6.
Homes and businesses in town have also been allegedly targeted as recently as Sunday night.
Two motorbikes have since been found by police.
A Ford Ranger allegedly stolen from Narrogin was also recovered by police in Tambellup, while there are unconfirmed reports another vehicle was allegedly stolen in Tambellup and found in Narrogin.
So far, four suspects have been identified and charged by Narrogin police. A 15-year-old male has been refused bail and charged with aggravated burglary and commit, stealing, and damage.
He is due to face Perth Children’s Court on March 19.
A 15-year-old male and 16-year-old male were both granted bail and will face Narrogin Children’s court on March 18.
Also scheduled to appear in Narrogin Children’s Court on March 18 is a 17-year-old male who was granted bail.
He has been charged with aggravated burglary and commit, stealing and steal motor vehicle. More charges could be laid pending the results of DNA analysis being conducted in Perth.
Family-owned business Bettina’s Beauty Salon on Federal Street was forced to close on the first day of the busiest week of the year.
Instead of preparing clients for tomorrow night’s Narrogin Senior High School Ball, Isla White and Ebony Baxter had to shut up shop after their store was broken into and trashed on Sunday night.
It is the third time in 18 months their business has been targeted.
“It’s a pain really, because we’ve had to cancel all of our clients, they’ve trashed everything this time,” Ms Baxter said.
Ms White said it was already hard enough for Narrogin to retain young people wishing to start businesses. The constant threat of burglaries would push entrepreneurs out of town.
“For us trying to keep the CBD of Narrogin alive so we can offer the same as Perth to our country people, it’s just a kick in the teeth,” she said.
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