July 29, 2022
Murgon detectives have arrested and charged a 15-year-old boy over a break-in at the South Burnett PCYC in Murgon at the weekend.
Three boys – aged 12, 14 and 15 – have also been dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.
Police will allege the boys forced entry into the basketball court at the centre on Sunday before breaking into the office.
They then allegedly stole various items including laptops, mobile phones, gaming consoles, tablets and a television.
The boys also allegedly smashed a window and damaged personal items belonging to staff, before discharging fire extinguishers throughout the premises.
South Burnett PCYC’s Sergeant Rene Bond said that while the incident was extremely disappointing, police and the PCYC staff remained committed to supporting the young people in the community.
“Incidents like these break our hearts, but we will continue to provide programs to improve the lives of our young people as best we can,” Sgt Bond said.
The South Burnett PCYC was closed to the public for several days while repairs were completed.
A police spokesperson said Murgon detectives were able to recover a significant amount of the stolen property.
Police said family members of the boys had assisted in the investigation, and been supportive of police actions.
The 15-year-old boy will appear in Murgon Children’s Court.