Five youths absconded from the Bush Mob facility, 90 kilometres east of Alice Springs overnight, according to police.
Superintendent Bradley Currie says the five youths walked to a nearby station where they allegedly caused property damage, stole cash, alcohol and a vehicle.
The Alice Springs News Online has learned that the “station” was the Ross River tourist resort and cattle station.
“The vehicle is a white Toyota Landcruiser utility, WA registered – WY 25802,” Supt Currie says.
“We believe the youths may be in Alice Springs and we ask members of the public to notify police as soon as possible if they sight the vehicle or any of the youths.”
They are Ethan Jones (17), Denzel Scrutton (16), Syar Wanambi (15), Mason Waistcoat (14) and Bernhard Corbett (14), all pictured above.
Bushmob is a government-funded diversional facility where young offenders are ordered by courts to be confined instead of being imprisoned.
Police ask that the youths not be approached. Any sightings should be reported to police on 131 444.
UPDATE Saturday 10am: Families Minister Dale Wakefield said this morning that Bush Mob will need to upgrade their security. She is expecting an update about any arrests of the absconders.
UPDATE Saturday 12:15pm:
Police have arrested three youths who absconded from the Bush Mob facility.
Superintendent Bradley Currie said this morning the first youth, a 15-year-old male was arrested just after 5:30pm yesterday at a local camp.
“Two more youths, both aged 14, were arrested at a residence in Braitling around 10.25pm.
“Charges are expected to be laid later today.”
Police continue to call for information on the remaining two absconders, 17-year-old Ethan Jones and 16-year-old Denzel Scrutton.
“We believe the youths may still be in possession of a stolen white Toyota Landcruiser utility, WA registered – WY 25802,” said Superintendent Currie.
“We ask that anyone who sights the vehicle or the youths to not approach, but to contact police immediately on 131 444.
“We would like to extend our thanks to the public for their assistance in this ongoing investigation.”
UPDATE July 27:
Members from Strike Force Winx have arrested a 17-year-old male who absconded from a youth diversion program at Loves Creek on July 6.
Detective Sergeant Trent Abbott said that the youth was arrested in Arlparra yesterday.
“Two 14-year-old males, a 15-year-old male and a 16-year old male have already been located and charged.”
The 17-year-old was charged with unlawful entry, damage to property, stealing and aggravated unlawful use of motor vehicle.
He was remanded in custody to appear the Alice Springs Youth Court.
“We would like to extend our thanks to the public for their assistance in this investigation,” said Detective Sergeant Abbott.