WINNIPEG – Two teens are in hot water for allegedly stealing cars from dealerships around Winnipeg.
Back in December police started their investigation. A total of seven cars had been taken, usually by someone entering a dealership and swiping keys off a wall.
Thursday afternoon, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were arrested in a stolen car near Magnus Avenue and Salter Street.
Police say the boy was a level-4 offender in their theft prevention program, meaning he had a history of stealing cars.
“Very proactive monitoring based on court conditions is part of the strategy to make sure that those individuals are limited in their ability to re-offend,” Constable Rob Carver explains. “Obviously, this individual was still able to cause a fair amount of property damage. These were late-model vehicles, some of them fairly high-dollar value. My understanding is that they have been recovered.”
Carver also praised the police service’s tracking program, saying car theft numbers have plummeted over the last decade.
The suspects would apparently arrive at a dealership in one car. One would go into the dealership and swipe a pair of keys, and the two would take off in the separate vehicles. Carver would not say where all the stolen cars were being stored.