TERRIFYING: An elderly couple were menaced by a youth who broke into their Cumberland Street, Casino, home brandishing a replica handgun and assaulting and robbing the frail couple.
TERRIFYING: An elderly couple were menaced by a youth who broke into their Cumberland Street, Casino, home brandishing a replica handgun and assaulting and robbing the frail couple. Jerad Williams

Casino home invasion

A CASINO youth has beenarrested and charged following another terrifying home invasion in the troubled Northern Rivers town.

Police charged the teenager over a string of violent offences on Wednesday following a week-long investigation, and said more arrests were imminent.

Police allege the youths stormed an elderly couple's Cumberland Street home about 7.30pm last Thursday, brandishing a replica handgun and assaulting and robbing the frail occupants.

Cumberland Street residents are distressed about the violent incident occurring in what they consider is usually a quiet and friendly part of town.

Richmond Local Area Command crime prevention manager Snr Const MichaelHogan said police took such crimes very seriously and were throwing all investigative resources at them.

He said that details of the attack had been withheld from the public for investigative purposes, but called on anyone who had witnessed the incident to contact police through Crime Stoppers.

Any information given to Crime Stoppers can be supplied anonymously.

The youth has been charged with assault; att-empted aggravated break and enter with intent to commit a serious indictable off-ence while armed with an off-ensive weapon; robbery whilst armed with an offensive weapon; and using anoffensive weapon with intent to commit an indictableoffence.

The youth was released on strict bail conditions and ord-ered to appear at the Casino Children's Court next month.

It is the second home invasion by youths on an elderly couple in Casino this month.

On July 4, three boys aged 13, 14 and 16 tied up an elderly Casino couple at knife-point in their home before stealing their car to escape. They were arrested at Ocean Shores the next day.

Investigations into last week's home invasion are continuing and more arrests are expected today.



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