Boy arrested, charged over Plaza break-in

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A juvenile allegedly responsible for stealing $25,000 of jewellery from an Albany jewellery store in July has been charged by police after being arrested in Perth at the weekend.

Albany police had been searching for the 16-year-old boy and alleged co-offender since almost 50 items of jewellery were stolen from Michael Hill Jewellers inside Albany Plaza on July 23.

Mirrabooka police arrested the teenager on Saturday night and charged him with three counts of stealing and one count of aggravated burglary.

Police allege he stole items from a Denmark liquor store and service station before also committing the burglary at the plaza.

It is alleged the juvenile and an Albany man gained access to the plaza by forcing through a door, before trying to break into another jewellery store to which they could not gain access, and they were captured on CCTV.

Gold necklaces were among the 50 items of jewellery stolen after a glass display cabinet was smashed.

A security roller door was also damaged.

Police are yet to find the alleged co-offender.

The boy was set to appear in Perth Children’s Court today.

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