The Prince Albert Police reported numerous incidents of damage and thefts from vehicles and sheds over the long weekend, with one young suspect being charged.
Police believe the perpetrators are young offenders who roam the street and “car shop.”
Car shopping refers to a crime of opportunity in which culprits peer into vehicles looking for valuables and check for unlocked doors. If they see anything valuable, the offenders will smash one of the vehicle’s windows, quickly remove the object of value and run away.
If a door is found to be unlocked, culprits will enter a vehicle and rummage through its contents searching for anything of value. They have methods to smash windows with very little noise, rendering the crime difficult to detect by vehicle owners.
Police charged a 14-year-old Prince Albert resident with 14 criminal charges this weekend in relation to “car shopping,” which are surmised to be theft, mischief and damages. Due to the offender’s age no further details will be released.
Residents are reminded to lock their vehicle doors at night, keep exterior lights on and remove or hide valuable objects from inside the vehicle.