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Four teens arrested for alleged burgling spree

FOUR teens, aged 13 to 16, are facing charges following a string of burglaries in stolen vehicles came to a head in Conder yesterday (June 22).

Officers from Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong arrested four juveniles, with at least two allegedly committing between eight and 10 aggravated commercial burglaries, dating back to June 20.

Earlier this week, police received reports of a Toyota Prado being stolen by a young man, from an Anytime Fitness Gym in Macquarie, which was then used by a group of teen boys to commit up to 10 burglaries throughout the Canberra region overnight.

Yesterday morning (June 22) it is alleged the teens were involved in the theft of a Mazda sedan from an 81-year-old woman at Weston.

That afternoon, the same teens then travelled to Club Lime Conder where they again targeted unattended car keys before attempting to find the corresponding vehicle.

Police  were aware of the ploy to steal unattended keys and subsequently arrested the teens while they were trying to steal a third vehicle from the gym’s parking lot.

The four boys were subsequently charged with a series of offences including taking a motor vehicle without consent, driving a motor vehicle without consent, theft, burglary, breach of bail, breach of good behaviour orders and attempting to obtain property by deception.

Police want to remind the community that gyms all over the state are currently being targeted by offenders and want to remind the community to maintain the security of their valuables when attending fitness centres.

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