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Teen offenders nabbed after footchase

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Several youths have been caught trying to break into cars in Flat Bush. Photo by Bastian Pudill on Unsplash

Three youths are in trouble with the law after allegedly trying to break into cars in east Auckland.

Counties Manukau East Police area prevention manager, Inspector Rakana Cook, says officers were called to Flat Bush just before 7pm on April 17.

A concerned member of the public reported suspicious activity around parked vehicles in Flat Bush School Road, he says.

“There was a police unit in the area at the time and they quickly responded to the report.

“On arrival the unit halted the trio in their tracks, and they ran on foot into Barry Curtis Park.”

Despite the suspects’ best efforts, they weren’t able to get far.

“All three, aged between 14 and 17, were soon taken into custody, and our enquiries are ongoing,” Cook says.

So far, a 14-year-old male has been charged with unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle.

He will appear before the Manukau Youth Court.

“Police are also speaking with one of the males in relation to other recent offending in the area.”

Cook acknowledges the east Auckland community continuing to report offending taking place in their neighbourhood.

“Quickly reporting matters by calling 111 about incidents such as people interfering with vehicles is really helpful for police,” he says.

“It is allowing us to respond and potentially disrupt wider offending against the community.”

He says it’s a timely reminder following recent reports of tools being stolen from tradespeople’s vehicles in east Auckland.

Police continue to remind the community to report suspicious activity.

To report crime as it’s happening phone 111, and to report crime after the event phone 105 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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