Teens arrested after stolen minivans recovered

On Tuesday night, an 18-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl were arrested after two stolen vehicles were recovered in the 700-block of Viaduct Ave.

  • Sep. 20, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Police suspect a ring of teen thieves is behind a string of minivan thefts in the Royal Oak area of Saanich.

On Tuesday night, an 18-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl were arrested after two stolen vehicles were recovered in the 700-block of Viaduct Ave.

Police arrived on the scene after reports came in of a youth using a screwdriver to start an older model minvan. Witnesses said there were five or more kids around two Plymouth Voyageurs, which police determined to be stolen.

The group fled, spreading out into neighbouring yards.

A police dog quickly found the 14-year-old nearby. Other officers arrested the 18-year-old, who had outstanding warrants from West Shore and Trail RCMP.

In relation to the arrests, police are investigating several overnight thefts from vehicles as well as a theft from an open garage on Viewmont Avenue.

A few hours after the incident on Viaduct, police located a Subaru SUV that was stolen from a nearby address in the 4200-block of Burbank Crescent.

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