Three Regina teens facing 80 charges

Three Regina teens facing 80 charges
3 teenagers face close to 80 charges in Regina crime spree
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.

Three teenage boys are facing over 80 charges in connection to a string of robberies including break and enters and vehicle thefts in southeast and northwest Regina.

Three teenage boys are facing over 80 charges in connection to a string of robberies including break and enters and vehicle thefts in southeast and northwest Regina.

In one situation a woman approached a group of kids attempting to steal a vehicle from a garage and one of the suspects swung a machete at her and then attacked her with bear spray.

Regina police say there are too many charges to list but one 16-year-old youth is facing 43 charges.

Officers also say many of these crimes could have been prevented because several of the stolen vehicles were left unlocked with keys inside and garage doors were left open.

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