Youths arrested over Casino High break-in
FLEET footed police arrested three youths who broke into Casino High School on Tuesday evening.
Lismore police Inspector Doug Conners said the school, at North Casino, had been broken into multiple times over the past few months.
"About 7:20pm on Tuesday police responded advice from security in regards to alarm activations in classrooms at the Casino High School," he said.
"When police attended three young persons were sighted on the school grounds.
"Upon seeing police the youths ran but were chased down by officers.
Insp Conners said the youths aged 11 and 12 were found to be in possession of property including stationery items and keys from the school.
"Due to the young ages of the offenders they will be dealt with under the young offenders act for the offence of break, enter and steal," he said.
"The school has been subjected to a number of break and enters and malicious damage offences over the past couple of months.
Damaged property and petty theft
"In just about all cases it would appear it is youths accessing the school grounds via the fences and either willfully damaging property or committing acts of petty theft."
Insp Conners said the repeat offences were of significant concern to the school and police.
He said he didn't believe the same offenders were involved in repeated break-in's at the nearby Casino Golf Club.
"I think it's a completely different demographic," he said.
"The golf club is generally targeted in the early hours of the morning and generally for alcohol."
Anyone with any information about break-in's at Casino is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.