15-year-old charged over armed robberies

A BOWRAVILLE teenager accused of terrorising the elderly and holding up a string of fast food stores between the Mid-North Coast and Sydney, is off the streets and will front court later this month.

The 15-year-old boy sparked a man-hunt in May when he became the key suspect in a series of robberies at Grafton, Coffs, Nambucca and Sydney.

On May 28 he allegedly stole a car from the Bowraville TAFE and held up the South Coffs KFC before leading police on a failed chase down the Pacific Hwy.

Investigating detectives from Coffs/Clarence, Mid North Coast and Sydney soon realised they were looking for the same person and embarked on a two-month joint operation, which culminated with the arrest of the teen at Campbelltown last Thursday.

He was taken into custody and charged over the South Coffs KFC robbery and a robbery at Surry Hills.

Police allege the teenager then admitted to a number of other offences including an attack of a 74-year-old woman who suffered a severely fractured arm when her handbag was snatched during a walk through Nambucca Heads on May 6.

He was also charged over the armed robbery of the Grafton KFC and bag snatch at Grafton in May, armed robbery of a video store at Marrickville in June and a break and enter at Campbelltown in September last year.

He is due to front the Kempsey Children's Court on July 24 when it is expected a sentence date will be set for August 14.

Acting Coffs/Clarence Crime Manager, Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly, said the investigation had been "short but intense" and co-operation between commands had led to a "very dangerous person" being removed from the community.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Police remind people they should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

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