A 16-YEAR-OLD girl allegedly involved in stealing keys from an occupied Hamilton home before going on a joyride around town has been remanded in custody.
Nanjing Night Net

Hamilton police thankfully managed to avoid a nightmare scenario after three youths aged between 14 and 16 years broke into a house, stole vehicle keys and then went for a drive early this morning.

Sergeant Mark James, of Hamilton police, said today two girls aged 16 and 14 years and a 15-year-old boy had been arrested and interviewed in relation to aggravated burglary and the theft of a motorcar.

The 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named because she is aged under 18 years, was remanded in custody after appearing in a court today.

She did not apply for bail while the other two offenders will be charged on summons.

The girl in custody faces charges of aggravated burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, interfering with a vehicle, assaulting police, two counts of both burglary and causing criminal damage and three offences of theft.

Sergeant James said the thieves entered the occupied home about midnight to obtain the vehicle’s keys.

“They’ve gone into the Kenny Street house, stole the keys and then the car from the residential property. They have then gone for a drive and then returned the car to the same location,” he said.

“Police officers have seen their parents driving around looking for them. The youths are known to police and we took over from there. This all happened about midnight.”

Sergeant James said even in a relatively quiet location like Hamilton that residents needed to be security conscious.

“Everyone needs to make sure their property is secured even in a friendly country town like Hamilton. You still need to lock your doors at night,” he said.

“It could easily have been a nightmare scenario for police – officers could easily have been found themselves chasing a car load of young kids.

“Very thankfully the driving was short-lived and officers found the offenders on foot and not in the car,” he said.

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