Crime spree ‘driver’ charged

A teenager accused of being at the wheel of a car during an alleged crime spree on Sunday was charged yesterday.

Wodonga police Detective Sgt Graeme Simpfendorfer said the youth, 16, presented himself to the Wodonga Police Station yesterday.

He was arrested and charged with the theft of two cars, attempted theft of another car, criminal damage to two cars, reckless conduct endangering life, driving at dangerous speeds, evading police and unlicensed driving.

The teenager was bailed on conditions that included a curfew until an appearance at a children’s court next month.

Sgt Simpfendorfer said police have identified a second 16-year-old youth who they expect to charge at a later date.

He said three other youths, two aged 17 and one, 13, will be formerly interviewed in “due course”.

It follows an alleged crime spree in Wodonga in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police said three cars were broken into in the McFarland Road area between midnight and 4am.

One car was involved in a police pursuit that ended when it crashed and rolled in Chappel Street.

Another car was taken for a joyride and left in a wrecked state while the other car had several items stolen from it.

Three teenagers were arrested at the scene while two others left the scene.