Teen arrested over shops rampage
By MARY MANN
ASSISTANCE from the public has led to the arrest of an 18-year-old man over malicious damage at the Ballina Central shopping complex last month.
Police inspector Dave Larkin yesterday said closed-circuit television footage, help from the public and media, and a lot of hard work by police had all come together to lead to the arrest.
"Police wish to thank the general public for the assistance given during the investigation," he said.
"Police have worked very hard on this. The arrest shows what can happen if the whole community works together."
At 4.30pm last Monday, after a two-month investigation, police charged the East Ballina man with five counts of malicious damage to property at the Ballina Central shopping complex in July.
The incident left 31 laminated glass panels shattered, adding up to an estimated replacement cost of $18,000.
Off The Wall surf shop owner Shane Wehner told The Northern Star at the time he had 'never experienced vandalism like this'.
The man has been conditionally bailed to appear at Ballina Local Court on October 18.