Police arrested and charged two teenage boys for allegedly stealing and setting alight a Holden ute at Silvalite near Ashmont on Saturday morning.
The Lake Cargelligo boys, aged 15 and 16, were found at a relative's home.
Police said there was an initial struggle before they were taken to Wagga police station and charged with a string of offences.
Both boys, who are brothers, received bail on the condition they not return to Wagga. The boys will front Lake Cargelligo Local Court on December 9.
The car was found torched at the corner of Grinton Ave and Swan Street.
Police received reports of negligent driving on Ashmont Avenue shortly before finding the torched car.
The theft and burn of cars is a major crime issue in Wagga, but police believe they have made inroads since a hotbed of activity earlier this year.
In October, Wagga police crime manager, Detective Inspector Darren Cloake, spoke out on the crime wave and said the bulk of the responsibility lied with young Dareton teenagers hellbent on instilling fear.
Inspector Cloake said the teens migrate from Dareton to Wagga because of their social networks, such as friends and relatives, frontline services and youth hostels.
"These young people are committing crimes that carry penalties of 20 years," he said.
"My personal view is it strikes right to the core of (putting) fear in the community.”
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