Investigators believe a small group of teenagers are responsible for a string of thefts and break-ins in two Regina neighbourhoods.
Police said there are approximately 80 charges laid against three boys in a crime spree involving close to 30 incidents in the southeast and northwest parts of the city.
The teenagers are 14 and16 years old and are accused in a string of robberies, break and enters, thefts of vehicles, thefts from vehicles and identity frauds between September 28 and October 3.
While police call the arrests an investigative success, they also call this a failure in the basics of crime prevention. Most of the vehicles were unlocked with the keys inside. Garages were either left open or the suspects found the garage door opener in the vehicle and were able to get inside the garage or even into homes.
In a release, police said thieves are coming back to these same neighbourhoods because they’ve had success and they’re telling their friends.
One of the robberies happened in the area of Greek Brook Road on September 29. A woman who lived in the home confronted a group of suspects who were attempted to steal a vehicle from the garage. One swung a machete at her while another used bear spray before taking off in a stolen SUV.
Police said the investigation into this crime spree is still underway. While three teenagers have been charged, officers have identified more suspects and are still searching for them.
In the release, police said because the perpetrators don’t listen that puts the onus of crime prevention on potential victims.
Drivers are reminded to remove all valuables from their vehicles, lock the vehicle, take the keys with you and always report suspicious behaviour.