Spate of theft and graffiti crimes in Grafton area

Sunday, 26 March 2017 10:50:16 PM

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command are investigating after a spate of theft and graffiti related crimes in the Grafton area in the past week.

Between Wednesday 22 March 2017 and Saturday 25 March 2017, local police have received in excess of 30 reports of damage to motor vehicles. A number of these vehicles have also had items stolen from them.

During the same period a number of public places have been damaged by graffiti and a sports club has been broken into.

Following investigations, a 13-year-old boy has been charged with a number of related offences.

He was given bail and is due to appear in a Children’s Court on Thursday 13 April 2017.

Inspector Joanne Reid from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command said, “These incidents have been widespread throughout Grafton.

“It is extremely frustrating to see it is often young people committing these types of crimes.

“We want to ensure that young people learn to show respect for the community and other people’s property; something that at this time seems to be lacking.”

Police would like to remind the community it is an offence to sell or supply spray paint to person under the age of 18 without a lawful purpose.

Inquiries into the incidents are continuing and more arrests are expected.

Police are urging members of the community to report any suspicious activity to Grafton Police Station on (02) 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are urging anyone who has been a victim of theft from vehicles to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.