Three Pond youths nabbed for crime spree
RCMP arrested three teenagers in Pond Inlet on a long list of charges that arise from a three-month investigation into break-ins around the community.
The youth, ages 13 to 16, are accused of breaking into a government office, two schools, and the elders’ centre.
Police say the youth broke into several offices and stole radio equipment, food, and an air rifle over the past three months.
The teens took or ate most of the food they found in the fridge at the elders’ centre, according to RCMP investigators.
During the break-in at the government office, police said the youth also took time to surf the Internet.
In total, the teens face 24 counts of break-and-enter, mischief, and theft, plus a host of charges for breaking conditions for their probation related to previous convictions.
They’ve also been accused of stealing a skidoo and riding it until the gas ran out.
Cpl. Gavin Nash said the three youth have previously met with the local justice committee and appeared before justices of the peace, in relation to other charges. The recent arrests took place on March 18.
The youth are now due to appear before a territorial court judge in Pond Inlet on May 17.
Nash credits the community for helping in the arrests.
“We have a very supportive community to come forward and help when it comes to stopping property crime,” Nash said. “It’s something that affects a lot of people.”
The youth are currently in the custody of their parents.