By Kyra Gillespie
An arrest has been made following a robbery that took place at Toomuc Reserve after the Pakenham Carols by Candlelight over the weekend.
A 15-year-old male from Pakenham has been remanded in custody after he and a group of affiliated youths surrounded two teen boys and robbed one of them while they were walking across the football oval at the conclusion of the Christmas event on Saturday 8 December.
The stolen property – a watch given to the victim as a graduation gift by his parents – has been recovered and will be returned to the victim.
Detective Senior Constable Van Der Heyden said that while others were involved, the young man arrested is believed to be the primary offender.
“We have identified the male as the primary offender,” he said.
“He will be remanded in custody until a future court hearing.
“We are currently still investigating the involvement of other youths.”
Det Sen Const Van Der Heyden said an arrest was made by police on the night, but the person in question was exonerated of the crime.
The arrested man has been charged with robbery, handle stolen goods and committing an indictable offence whilst on bail.
“This is great news and great work from Pakenham police,” the mother of one of the victims said.