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Teen faces arson charge

Thursday, 18th May, 2017

Police have charged a 15-year-old local boy with stealing and torching a car in the city this week.

The boy is alleged to have stolen a Nissan Patrol four-wheel drive from McCulloch Street early on Monday morning, dumped it just off Brown Street and set it alight.

Police said yesterday that he was out on bail for similar offences at the time.

He was arrested at 1pm on Tuesday and charged with several offences, and was refused bail in the local Children’s Court.

The boy is expected to make a new application for bail today via video link with the Parramatta Children’s Court.

Police said it was very likely that more than one person was involved in the recent spate of cars being stolen and burnt in the city, which started about a month ago. 

Four vehicles were found burnt out this week alone, including two on the Menindee road and another two in the city within an hour of each other on Monday morning.

Police have appealed to the public to report any suspicious persons on the streets at night, and incidents of erratic driving to help them catch the thieves.

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