A 15-year-old male from Mount Austin has been charged overnight by Wagga Police for multiple alleged offences in relation to a stolen vehicle.
Police allege that the teenager stole a vehicle yesterday morning and used it in two ram raid offences on service stations in Adelong and Alfredtown.
Police later detected the stolen vehicle in Ashmont.
In a statement, police said the risk in apprehending the teenager was “too great" because the stolen car was intentionally driven at police and other innocent road users.
“The vehicle was later found abandoned and further enquiries led to a search warrant being executed at a Marshall Street address [Ashmont] yesterday afternoon,” the statement reads.
The Riverina Police District released security footage of the vehicle being stolen.
“The footage depicts just how vulnerable residents are to car theft,” police said.
“The financial cost alone of this crime type is enormous, as too are the risks posed by young offenders to other innocent road users.
“It is vitally important that you remove your car keys and lock your vehicle”.
The footage forms part of a series of crimes that police allege were committed by the juveniles.
The 15-year-old male charged is due to appear at a court today.
Wagga Police continue to seek two other teenage offenders whom police allege were involved in stealing the vehicle.
“Whilst we cannot name those we suspect, one young offender has a specific limp when he walks,” police said.
“We encourage that young man to hand himself in to police.”
Anyone with further information is urged to contact Wagga Police on 6922 2599 or NSW Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.