Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore. Cathy Adams/The Northern Star

'Tomato sauce gang' caught

MEMBERS of a youth crime syndicate dubbed by police as the ‘tomato sauce gang’ have been arrested on charges relating to a spree of robberies in Goonellabah.

The police were able to link the crimes because of their distinct modus operandi, according to Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore.

“It was the tomato sauce,” Insp Moore said.

Police are alleging the offenders threw tomato sauce and other food stuff around the interiors of the homes they robbed.

They also punched holes in walls and scrawled graffiti on surfaces in homes at Trinity Drive, William Blair Drive, Park Walk Drive, Abelia Close, Barr Scott Drive and Gallagher Drive.

On Friday five gang members were charged.

A 16-year-old Goonellabah male has been charged with break, enter and commit indictable offences and property offences.

He was granted bail and will appear in the Lismore Children’s Court on April 19.

A 19-year-old Lismore man has been charged with aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offences.

A second 19-year-old Lismore man has charged with two counts of aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offences.

Both men were granted bail and are due to appear in Lismore Local Court on May 3.

A 17-year-old male has been charged with three counts of aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offence.

He was granted bail and will appear in Lismore Children’s Court on May 10.

A second 17-year old male has been charged with three counts of aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offence.

He was granted bail and is due to appear at Lismore Children’s Court on May 10.

A sixth gang member, a 15-year-old girl, is expected to be charged with break, enter and commit indictable offence.

The Richmond Target Action Group assisted by Lismore detectives and the crime scene unit, along with general duties officers, the crime management unit and intelligence officers conducted a three-month investigation before the arrests were made.

During the investigation police executed four search warrants and recovered a large amount of property allegedly taken from the damaged premises.



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