Stanthorpe Police are concerned by this rise in juvenile offences.
Stanthorpe Police are concerned by this rise in juvenile offences. Trevor Veale

Juvenile offences are rising

NO CRIME is too small, according to Stanthorpe Police, as they deal with a spike in juvenile offences.

"We are seeing an increase in shop stealing offences being committed by juvenile offenders and, in the current climate, local businesses are struggling enough,” Senior Constable Melanie Stachiw said.

"We would like to encourage business owners and staff to report these offences to police so they can be investigated.”

In a recent incident, two 15-year-old offenders were arrested on July 8 for shop stealing, public order and trespass offences.

"The juvenile offenders have received permanent banning orders from seven businesses in the CBD in recent weeks and they were both released from the Stanthorpe Watch House on strict bail conditions,” Sen Constable Stachiw said.

"No matter the cost of the items stolen, if businesses believe these offences are minor in nature and do not want to proceed with a complaint, they would be encouraged to contact police to enable offenders to be identified and banned from entering or remaining in the store.”

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