Joyriding teens arrested after several vehicles stolen

By Roger White
December 5, 2016 - 2:00pm

Two Battleford area youths have been arrested following an overnight joyride spree involving four stolen vehicles from the Battlefords and Maidstone.

Constable Ryan Reid said Maidstone RCMP responded to complaints that several vehicles had been stolen in the area early Monday morning.

“The suspects were involved in a collision at the intersection of Highways 16 and 21. Two of the stolen vehicles, a blue Ford pickup and a White Dodge truck collided with one another. The Ford was abandoned at the collision scene, and a short time later the Dodge was located abandoned west of Paynton. These vehicles were taken from Maidstone,” said Reid in a statement.

With help from Battlefords Police Dog Services, a 14-year-old male youth from the Battlefords area was arrested without incident.

Meanwhile, Battleford's RCMP Detachment recovered a third vehicle stolen from Maidstone in the Battlefords and arrested a 16-year-old male from the area.

A fourth vehicle stolen from the Battlefords was recovered in Maidstone overnight as well.

“It was basically a crime of opportunity,” said Reid. “We cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure your vehicle and property is locked at nights. It could be the difference in replacing a $30,000 to $40,000 vehicle.”

Both male young offenders cannot be identified. The 14-year-old faces two charges of theft of a motor vehicle, as well as break and enter with intent to create an indictable offence. The 16-year-old has not yet been charged.

RCMP believe more suspects are still at large. If you have any information, please contact Maidstone RCMP or Crimestoppers.


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