Five young persons: one 14 year-old, two 15 year-old and two 16 year-olds, are facing charges following an incident in east Regina overnight, in which a spike belt was deployed to stop a stolen truck.
At approximately 2:10 a.m., on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, patrol members were dispatched to a report of a stolen vehicle in progress. The caller reported that a Ford F-150 truck had just been stolen from the driveway of a residence in the 2600 block of east Truesdale Drive, causing damage to another vehicle and other property, including the house. The truck was last seen heading eastbound on Truesdale. A number of police units responded to the area and, within 15 minutes, spotted the suspect vehicle on Eastgate Drive. A spike belt was successfully deployed, but the vehicle continued to evade police. A short time later, the vehicle was found, vacant, with doors open in the 1500 block of Rae Street. A canine track led officers to safely apprehend a total of five suspects: one female and four males. Further investigation led to charges against all five young persons.
The five young persons cannot be named in accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. They are all charged with Theft of Motor Vehicle [333.1(1) CC] and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000. [355(a) CC]. In addition, three of the five accused also face Breach charges. The five accused made their first appearances on these charges in Youth Court at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Investigation is ongoing.
The Regina Police Service reminds the public that one of the best deterrents to auto theft is locking vehicles and removing the keys and garage door openers.