Police warn young offenders crimes can have life-long impact

TWO youths have been charged with burglary and theft after allegedly taking soft drinks and ice-cream from the Portland Gymnastics Club.

Detective Senior Constable Tim Chester, of the Portland police crime investigation unit, said two 15-year-olds and a 14 male youth were talked to by officers this week.

Two were charged and bailed with strict bail conditions, including an overnight curfew.

The other youth was cautioned.

Detective Senior Constable Chester said it was alleged that on Saturday, October 25, the youths forced their way into the club at Yarraman Park through a rear door and took soft drink and ice cream valued at $30.

He said police were called last Friday after a staff member at the complex took a photo of three youths.

Police talked to those youth in relation to the previous burglary and they were cautioned.

​Information received from the public led to the two 15-year-olds and the 14-year-old being identified, arrested and interviewed.

Detective Senior Constable Chester said young people involved in offending needed to be aware that their actions could have life-long impacts.

He said court appearances and convictions could curtain employment and travel opportunities in the future.

"Everyone makes mistake but young people need to be aware that criminal offending can have an impact for the rest of your life. Think about the consequences," he said.