Taggers arrested

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 14:10 05/06/2014

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Four teenagers were arrested this week following a major vandalism attack 10 days ago.

Three males and one female are alleged to have tagged cars, trucks and properties in a vandalism spree overnight on May 25.

The trail of tagging stretched from Devon Intermediate down Devon St West to Seaview Rd and on to Cook St.

Sergeant Bruce Irvine said an 18-year-old male had been charged with the graffiti and two charges of burglary.

He appeared in the New Plymouth District Court this week where he was bailed to re-appear on June 11.

A 15-year-old male will appear in the Youth Court on June 11 for the same charges.

A 16-year-old male has been remanded in the custody of Child Youth and Family and will also appear at Youth Court on June 11 facing 13 charges involving graffiti, burglary and theft.

The 15-year-old female will be dealt with by Youth Aid, Irvine said.

Irvine praised the public, saying the information provided helped in tracking down the alleged offenders.

''It gave us a starting point and from there we were able to rattle a few cages.''

Irvine warned the public to be vigilant in locking their cars and houses.

''There is a very, very active group in the city who are going around looking for unlocked cars and homes,'' he said.''

They aren't having to look very hard, a lot of people are leaving valuables in clear sight.

"It's basically a sign saying steal me.''

Irvine said the public needed to take responsibility for their belongings.

''It's really simple stuff.''

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