Alleged axe thieves hit Top End

October 27, 2022 7:22 am in by

Three people have been arrested for allegedly stealing axes from a hardware store in Coconut Grove as part of a new police operation cracking down on offenders from Wadeye.

Operation Tarn began on Monday when police investigations showed a high number of offenders in Darwin coming from the remote community.

A 24-year-old Wadeye man is accused of stealing an axe from hardware business before pushing past the store’s manager and walking out on Monday.

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Later that day an unidentified man allegedly stole another axe and also threatened a staff member for trying to intervene.

A review of CCTV footage showed several men and youths stealing weapons from the store in the two days before the incidents, resulting in the arrest of a pair of teens aged 13 and 14.

Operation Tarn members later located a hammer and two axes in Ludmilla, believed to have been stolen from the same business.

Police are still searching for the other offenders.