Cairns overnight media wrap, Tuesday May 16

Three youths charged over extensive property investigations, Cairns: Detectives from both the Cairns Criminal Investigation Branch and Cairns Property Crime Squad teamed up with local first response officers yesterday to facilitate the arrest and charging of three youths on a raft of unrelated property offences.

A 16-year-old boy from Woree attended the Cairns police station of his own volition and handed himself in to investigators just before 4pm.

He was subsequently interviewed and charged with a total of 15 mostly property related offences including six counts of burglary, three counts each of unlawful use of motor vehicles and unlicensed driving, two counts of entering premises and stealing and one count of possessing tainted property.

Those charges relate to offences allegedly committed at Westcourt, Manunda, Mount Sheridan, White Rock, Woree, Bungalow and Trinity Beach between April 22 and May 14.

A 14-year-old Manoora boy was located by beat officers at a Manunda shopping centre at around 7.45pm last night and transported to the Cairns police station. He was charged with nine counts of entering premises and stealing.

The charges relate to the alleged unlawful entry to vehicles and accompanying thefts of property that occurred at Manoora between April 18 and May 14.

A 15-year-old Yarrabah boy was located by Edmonton police near the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Foster Road at Mount Sheridan at around 11.40pm.

He was transported to Cairns before being handed over to detectives and interviewed.

The boy was charged with a total of 25 offences including ten counts of burglary, eight counts of unlawful use of motor vehicles, three counts of unlicensed driving and single counts of entering premises and stealing, wilful damage, stealing and trespass.

His charges relate to offences allegedly committed at Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Smithfield, Machans Beach, White Rock, Bentley Park, Gordonvale and Innisfail between May 3 and 13.

It will not be alleged that the three boys committed any of the offences together.

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