Five youth arrested for Recent Vehicle Break-Ins
March 6th, 2007, Prince Rupert BC- Charges are being recommended against several youth, following a Police pursuit early on the morning of Sunday March 4th. Police were called to the BC Ferry Terminal shortly after 05:00 on Sunday morning. A man waiting at the terminal observed several youth trying to break into vehicles and called police on his cell phone. When members arrived at the terminal, they observed one male run from a nearby truck and jump into a waiting vehicle. That vehicle fled the scene and refused to stop when officers activated their lights and sirens.
Police pursued the vehicle through Prince Rupert and eventually to Wantage Road, at the base of Mount Hays. Although the pursuit was at low speeds and there were very few people on the roads, the pursuit was eventually broken off by police due to the terrible conditions on Wantage Road. The suspect vehicle and four suspects were located a short time later with the assistance of the Police Dog Unit. Two additional suspects were identified by the youth, one of whom turned himself in to Police later in the day.
In all, six suspects were identified, five have been arrested. The youth were all later released to the parents, two of them on a Promise to Appear in court. Charges are being recommended against those two, a 17 year old resident of Prince Rupert faces five counts of Mischief and one of Theft. The driver of the vehicle, also 17 years old, faces five charges of Mischief, and one of theft as well as Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Flight from a Peace Officer, for causing the pursuit. Charges are being considered against the other four suspects including the sixth suspect who left Prince Rupert on Sunday morning.
Prince Rupert RCMP have recovered a large amount of stolen property from the suspect vehicle as well as from the residence of youth and will be working to return those goods to the owners.
Steve Richards, Cst.
Prince Rupert Media Relations / Community Policing
100 6th Ave WEst
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3Z3