Blitz lands teenagers in trouble

AN UNLICENCED 16-year-old girl has been charged with drink-driving and stealing offences, after she was caught by police in an allegedly stolen vehicle on Wednesday.

Bundaberg Police Senior Constable Matt Steinhardt said the teen was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, three counts of break-and-enter, and driving without a licence.

“The vehicle was allegedly taken from a private residence at Svennson Heights,” Snr Const Steinhardt said.

“She was intercepted while driving the vehicle on McLean Street about 5am on Wednesday.”

The girl allegedly blew 0.122% — more than twice the alcohol limit.

“She is to be diverted to the youth justice conference,” Snr Const Steinhardt said.

But the girl was not the only teen caught out, after Bundaberg Police Child Protection Investigation Unit conducted Operation Achilles 1 to stop underage offenders.

“The operation was put in place after recent break-ins and cases of wilful damage in the CBD area,” Snr Const Steinhardt said.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly stole four vans from Post Office Lane during the past month.

Snt Const Steinhardt said the vehicles were stolen on December 30, January 2, January 10 and January 17.

The same teenager was charged with nine counts of break-and-enter and three counts of attempted break-and-enter after he allegedly smashed his way into 12 Bundaberg businesses — including five bottle shops, a childcare centre and a doctors’ surgery.

He was remanded in custody and is expected to appear in Bundaberg Children’s Court next week.

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