Youth arrested over Café Connect fire

YOUTH CELEBRATE: Having moved into new ‘temporary’ premises for Café Connect, youths celebrated on Friday night with a barbecue, board games and a giant ‘Operation Phoenix’ cake shared by all and made by Darren Williams – including (from left) Ari Barron, Darren Williams, Chantelle Whittaker, Jai McCleery and Emily Cauka.

MANSFIELD police and Benalla detectives had success with the recovery of stolen goods from the Mansfield district and the arrest of a 17-year-old local youth over the theft and fire at Café Connect on September 29.

Senior Sergeant Lyn Holland of Mansfield police said the local youth was arrested and charged with offences relating to the fire which destroyed the middle section of the Café Connect building.
Charges laid will include theft and criminal damage by fire.

The youth is expected to appear in the children’s court early in the New Year.

Snr Sgt Holland said police also recovered a stolen cash register and X-Box stolen at the time of the fire.

She said it was thanks to some great forensic and detective work, along with information from the public that the arrest was made and the crime solved so quickly.

Snr Sgt Holland said that now an arrest had been made she was hoping that much ‘finger pointing’ by youth around the town would stop.

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