Vehicle stolen after being left running and unattended

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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A 14-year-old boy has been charged after a car left running and unattended by its owner was stolen.

Prince Albert Police responded at 7:42 a.m. on Monday to a complaint of a stolen motor vehicle from the 600 block of Branion Drive. A driver had turned on her vehicle and left it at that location, only to return and find it missing.

Only three minutes later, police found the vehicle travelling southbound on Second Avenue West at 15th Street. The driver turned west onto 16th Street and fled from police as they activated their emergency equipment.

The stolen vehicle lost control at Sixth Avenue and 16th Street West before striking a chain link fence, passing through a parking lot and another chain link fence and then travelling westbound on the north side of the railroad tracks. After the suspect struck an embankment in the 800 block of 16th Street West, he abandoned the stolen vehicle and ran away on foot. Moments later he was taken into custody and found to be in possession of stolen property from the vehicle.

The stolen vehicle sustained much damage to its front end, while one police vehicle experienced minor damage. No injuries were reported.

The young male in custody has been charged with theft over $5,000, theft under $5,000, dangerous driving, fail to stop for police and breach of court conditions. He was scheduled to appear in provincial court on Tuesday.

Geographic location: 15th Street, Sixth Avenue

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