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Northern suburbs crime spree: Two juveniles charged with weekend-long crime ‘rampage’

A group of children, one as young as 11-years-old, have been charged after going on an alleged destructive crime spree in Perth’s north at the start of the month.

On Sunday, detectives from Joondalup’s Rapid High Harm Offender Response team arrested and charged two boys — an 11-year-old and a 15-year-old — with a string of offences after an alleged “rampage” in the northern suburbs from May 6 to May 8.

A 15-year-old boy, who police claim was with the pair during the time of the offences, was taken into custody on Tuesday and is assisting police with their inquiries.

It will be alleged the trio stole a car and committed multiple burglaries of homes and businesses before dumping and torching the vehicle.

Police claim in one of the weekend home invasions, the 11-year-old boy assaulted a 14-year-old boy who was home at the time.

Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch said the offences are “very, very serious” for “very, very young” offenders.

“We’re still investigating each and everyone (of the burglaries) to determine the involvement of these boys,” Mr Blanch said on 6PR Wednesday morning.

“One of those (burglaries) on the 7th of May was actually at a house. They attempted to force entry into the house, and at the time there was a 14-year-old boy at home and he tried to stop the boys from entering.

“He was assaulted by one of the accused allegedly.”

The Deputy Commissioner labelled the children’s alleged crime spree as a “rampage over two days”.

“Thankfully these young people have been arrested and will have to go through the court process, but hopefully we’ve put a stop to this particular crime spree,” he said.

“People go to court for these types of offences regularly, but what you don’t see is the effect on victims. Particularly small business owners, and homeowners who have smashed windows, smashed doors, and property stolen.

“These are serious consequences for people who are probably trying to get by in society and save up their money, and they lose things most dear and valuable to them.”

Mr Blanch said the young offenders have had previous dealings with the justice system, adding he wants “them to get the help they need”.

“I think it’s important to know juvenile crime often involves recidivist offending that continues, and continues, and in many cases escalates,” he said.

“We want to see, particularly 11-year-old kids, get all the help and care they can.

“I’m not a soft copper, I will arrest people for committing offences. But I just don’t want them to keep doing it.

“We want to get them the help they need and that’s why important police work with the Department of Justice, the Department of Communities, to help so they don’t continue to offend well into their adulthood.”

The two boys faced court on Monday, May 9, but will face court again later in the month over the offences.

The 11-year-old boy was charged with 16 offences including attempted aggravated armed robbery, steal motor vehicle, and six counts of aggravated burglary and commit.

He is expected to reappear in Perth Children’s Court on May 24.

The 15-year-old boy was charged with 18 offences including seven counts of stealing, attempted aggravated armed robbery, and two counts of steal a motor vehicle.

He is expected to appear in Perth Children’s Court on May 23.

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