Youths arrested over car theft

Five youths have been arrested after car theft and break-in at Whyalla and Port Augusta
Five youths have been arrested after car theft and break-in at Whyalla and Port Augusta

A group of teenagers have been arrested after a stolen car was involved in a petrol drive-off at Whyalla and break-in at Port Augusta.

Just before 12.30am on Wednesday two males in a stolen white Toyota RAV4 were involved in a $41 fuel theft from a Whyalla service station

Soon after, police spotted the vehicle travelling nearly 150km/h on the Eyre Highway towards Port Augusta.

The car did not stop and police did not engage in a chase for safety reasons.

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

About 12 hours later, patrols responded to reports of a break-in at Lethbridge Court.

On arrival officers chased the suspects on foot, arresting three males on suspicion of the break-in.

Further enquiries revealed a fourth male was involved and he too was arrested.

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

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 charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass over the break-in.

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