Youths involved in break-in

OFFENDERS: Five young people, including a 12-year-old, have been arrested by police after being involved involved in a petrol drive-off in Whyalla and a break-in at Port Augusta.
OFFENDERS: Five young people, including a 12-year-old, have been arrested by police after being involved involved in a petrol drive-off in Whyalla and a break-in at Port Augusta.

Five youths - including one that was just 12 years old - were arrested after being involved in a petrol drive-off at Whyalla and break-in at Port Augusta.

Just before 12.30am on Wednesday, June 12 a stolen white Toyota RAV4 containing two males was involved in a $41 petrol theft from a Whyalla Stuart service station.

A short time later a police patrol spotted the stolen Toyota on the Eyre Highway near Port Augusta travelling at nearly 150km/h. The stolen car failed to stop but wasn't pursued by police for safety reasons.

Just before 1am a police patrol located the stolen car abandoned in the middle of Harris Crescent.

Nearly 12 hours later, Port Augusta police were called to a home on Lethbridge Court following reports of a break-in.

On arrival patrols were involved in a foot chase, arresting three male youths for the alleged break-in. Further enquiries revealed a fourth youth was involved and he too was arrested.

Two of the four were also charged in relation to the stolen RAV4 while a teenage girl was also arrested for her involvement with the stolen car.

Two 17-year-old boys have been charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle, serious criminal trespass and theft.

A 14-year-old boy, a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were also arrested and charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass over the break-in.

All five were refused police bail and appear in the Port Augusta Youth Court today.