Teens steal in front of owners Amber Filewood and Shane Hansen.
Teens steal in front of owners Amber Filewood and Shane Hansen.

Teens' brazen theft in Emmadale

AMBER Filewood and Shane Hansen can’t believe the audacity of a group of teenage boys in the Emmadale area.

On Tuesday, June 29, Amber was lying on her couch when she noticed two boys about 13 years looking through her screen door. They said they were looking for a missing dog. One of the boys said the dog was brown and the other said white with black spots, then they tried to match their stories.

“I knew they were up to something right then,” Amber said.

The boys loitered on the patio for a few minutes, then one of them grabbed Shane’s cigarettes and ran. Shane chased the boys into the bush. Catching up, he asked for his cigarettes back and the boy replied he didn’t smoke and didn’t take them before jumping onto the back of his mate’s trailbike and speeding off. Shane rang the police who said they would send a car to search the bush.

“The hide of these kids to come to our house and steal right in front of our own eyes,” Amber said.

Amber contacted the Observer after reading about a break-in through a sliding glass door in Viewpoint Way and believed it may have been the same kids.

The boys are described as aged about 13, one with short brown hair and the other with shoulder-length blonde hair who ride their trail bikes in the bush behind Kirkwood Road.

“These kids have no respect for other people’s property. I know it is just a packet of smokes and an ashtray but it’s the principle of coming onto our property and stealing our personal possessions; who knows, next time it might not be as little as a packet of smokes,” Amber said.

Sergeant Caroline Hogan said people need to be mindful of what’s going on in their neighbourhood.

“Residents should let their neighbours know if anything happens and if people are more aware they can be more vigilant. Get to know your neighbours,” she said.



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