Police have charged five teenagers in relation to a number of break-ins in the Goonellabah area over the last three months.

A sixth teenager, a girl, is expected to be charged over the incidents in coming days.

Officers from the Richmond Local Area Command have been investigating offences that have been committed by numerous offenders at dwellings within the Goonellabah area, including Trinity Drive, William Blair Drive, Park Walk Drive, Abelia Close, Barr Scott Drive and Gallagher Drive.

Police will allege that as well as the theft of property, the offenders caused extensive damage to the interior of the homes.

Some had holes punched in the walls, graffiti scrawled on surfaces and quantities of food and sauce thrown around the interiors.

The Richmond Target Action Group, assisted by Lismore detectives and the crime scene unit, along with general duties officers, the crime management unit and intelligence officers, were all involved in the three-month investigation.

During the investigation, police have executed four search warrants and recovered a large amount of property allegedly taken from the damaged premises.

A 16-year-old Goonellabah male has been charged with break, enter and commit indictable offence and other property offences. He was granted bail and is due to appear at Lismore Children’s Court on 19 April 2010.

A 19-year-old Lismore man has been charged with aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offence. He was granted bail and is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on 3 May 2010.

A second 19-year-old Lismore man has been charged with aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offence x 2. He was granted bail and is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on 3 May 2010.

A 17-year-old Lismore male has been charged with aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offence x 3. He was granted bail and is due to appear at Lismore Children’s Court on 17 May 2010.

A second 17-year-old male has been charged with 3 x aggravated break, enter and commit indictable offence. He was granted bail and is due to appear at Lismore Children’s Court on 10 May 2010.

A 15-year-old girl is expected to be charged with break, enter and commit indictable offence.

Investigations into the incidents continue and it is expected further charges will be laid.