Dwellingup teens charged over alleged Hotham Valley Railway fuel theft

Dwellingup theft: The teenagers were charged with aggravated burglary after allegedly being identified by CCTV footage at Hotham Valley Railway. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.
Dwellingup theft: The teenagers were charged with aggravated burglary after allegedly being identified by CCTV footage at Hotham Valley Railway. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

Two Dwellingup teenagers have been charged with aggravated burglary after allegedly breaking into the Hotham Valley Railway and stealing fuel during the Christmas holidays. 

Dwellingup Police First Class Constable Matthew Payne said the boys both aged 16 years old, broke into a shed on the property sometime between Christmas and New Years Day.

The boys allegedly stole fuel cans and were identified via CCTV footage. 

One 16-year-old would appear in the Mandurah Magistrates Court at a later date.

The other, with no prior history of offending, would be ordered to undertake programs outside the court system. 

First Class Constable Payne said police dealt with “a bit of mischief” from some local teenagers, but it was not deemed a substantial issue.

We are trying to help by supporting groups in town that divert kids from doing these kinds of things.

Dwellingup Police First Class Constable Matthew Payne

“It is mostly bored kids, unfortunately,” he said. 

“We are trying to help by supporting groups in town that divert kids from doing these kinds of things.

“Most of our major crime is committed by people visiting the town.”