Helensburgh Break-In Accuses Junior Puruto of Arrest for Suspected Bail Breach | Illawarra Mercury

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A teenager accused of breaking into a garage while a family slept inside the house has been arrested for allegedly violating his bail conditions. Junior Puruto, 19, appeared in Wollongong local court on Tuesday to re-seek his release on bail. Puruto had previously been released on bail after being charged with aggravated break and enter in connection with an incident in Helensburgh in September. Read more: Woman hospitalized after suspected shark attack at Hyams Beach Police documents indicate Puruto allegedly entered a home’s garage using a garage door remote he found in a car parked on the street outside. Once inside, according to police, he got into another vehicle and then stole two children’s scooters, a mountain bike valued at $ 3,000 and another mountain bike which was later recovered. Two adults and three children were sleeping inside the house at the time. Puruto’s fingerprint was reportedly found on the vehicle inside the garage. He was later arrested, charged and released on bail, the terms of which included an overnight curfew. But when police went to his mother’s address in Woonona on December 27 to make sure Puruto met the condition, his mother told officers he was at a home in Bellambi, another address. to which he had previously been released on bail. When the police arrived at this house, those inside told officers that he was asleep and that they would try to wake him up. An officer reportedly heard someone say, “F ** k, somebody’s going to get him, bring him back”, before telling them that Puruto couldn’t be woken up. Read more: Living with COVID-19: Mount Warrigal man says ‘this is no joke’ Officers were refused entry into the house. Defense attorney Jordan Mechan told the court that Puruto said he did not come to the door because he was in the shower. Mr Mechan said Puruto now knew his correct surety address was his mother’s home and that he had to show up at the gate if police were present. But police attorney Sergeant Leah Argent said it seemed Puruto was looking for an apology, noting that others in the house told officers he was sleeping rather than in the shower. She said Puruto could face jail time if convicted of the break-in. Registrar Tina McKenna has given Puruto bail, maintaining the nighttime curfew. He must also report to the police. Puruto will return to court later this month. The Illawarra Mercury Newsroom is funded by our readers. You can sign up to support our journalism here. Subscribe below to receive topical emails …


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