Youths caught in crime spree

Assault on city’s property has a penalty
CAUGHT: Local police (from left) Constable Brett Angell, Senior Constable Mick Arnott and Constable Jane Richards at the site of one of the prolonged attacks by local youths. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A GANG of youths allegedly involved in two senseless attacks on Wangaratta buildings have been tracked down by police.

Some 20 people aged between 13 and 28 have been processed by police for the prolonged, repeated attacks on the buildings.

The residence behind McKenzie’s Milk Bar in Ryley Street was the object of the first attack, with nine people processed for a range of offences, including burglary, theft, handling stolen goods and criminal damage.

Chisholm Street pool was the next building hit, with youths returning night after night over a 20 day period, throwing tins of paint around the disused pool and spraying graffiti on the walls.

The attacks on the McKenzie’s Milk Bar residence occurred between October 7 and 20 while the owner was away.

A number of items went missing, including three rings valued at $10,000, a 32 inch television and an antique clock.

The TV has been recovered, while police have also located some rings, which are currently being verified to establish if they belong to the victim.

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