EIGHT teenage boys – the youngest aged 13 – have been arrested prior to now 24 hours as a part of Operation Toric.

At about 5pm yesterday (February 2) police discovered three stolen automobiles in Macgregor. At 8.30pm, 4 boys returned to the automobiles.

Officers tried to cease them driving off, however the boys rammed the police car and fled.

They have been chased by Latham, Flynn, Fraser and Charnwood, with police laying tyre-deflation gadgets 3 times, however the 15-year-old driver refused to cease.

When the automotive ultimately stopped in Charnwood, the 4 tried to flee however have been arrested.

In a separate motorized vehicle incident, 4 extra teen boys have been arrested – three of whom have been already on bail for earlier offences referring to stolen automobiles, and two had confronted the ACT Youngsters’s Court docket final Friday (January 27) the place they have been each launched on bail.

Insp Shane Scott mentioned he was disenchanted to see the identical younger, recidivist offenders being repeatedly arrested.

“We’re doing every thing we are able to to place recidivist offenders earlier than the court docket and can proceed to do our greatest in holding Canberra protected from these folks,” he mentioned.

Operation TORIC targets recidivist offenders to deal with the rise in motorized vehicle thefts and harmful driving within the ACT.