College security system alerts police

A COLAC boy, 17, missed out on a speedy getaway when he allegedly attempted to steal a motorbike from a Colac college at the weekend.

Detective Chris Potter of Colac Criminal Investigation Unit said Colac police responded to call to Gordon Institute’s Hearn Street campus and intercepted the youth as he tried to leave the school.

“It was a quick response by the uniformed police officers that resulted in the arrest of a juvenile male who had broken in and was in the process of stealing a motorcycle,” he said.

Det Potter alleged the youth used force to enter into the college’s building.

He said the youth was in possession of the motorbike when police arrived at the scene shortly after 1pm on Saturday.

“He was outside with the bike, he was pushing it away from the premises,” Det Potter said.

He alleged the teen attempted to evade police, at one stage taking the chase to TAFE campus’ roof.

Police charged the teenager with burglary and theft and breach of bail, among other charges, and he was remanded in custody.

Det Potter said the school’s surveillance system alerted police officers to the incident.

“Generally schools are alarmed, the Education Department has a security system,” he said.

Det Potter said he was unsure whether the youth was student of the Gordon Institute campus.


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