A group of teenagers is suspected to be behind a rash of thefts from vehicles in St-Lazare.
Four 14-year-old males were arrested in St-Lazare on Wednesday at around 1:45 a.m. after a resident called police to report seeing a group of people searching unlocked parked vehicles near Meunier Street in the Chanterel area. The boys had been riding around the neighbourhood on their bikes. According to the Sûreté du Québec, the teens tried to get rid of stolen goods along the road before they were arrested.
Police now suspect the same group of teens may be responsible for several similar thefts reported recently in the adjacent Cedarbrook and Saddlebrook neighbourhoods in St-Lazare. An investigation is ongoing into the thefts and police suspect there may be other victims who have not reported it to the police. Anyone with information on the crimes or who would like to report a similar incident is being asked to call their local police.
The four youths who were arrested have been released following interrogation, and will be required to appear in court. In Quebec, children as young as 12 can face charges for criminal offences, though they are usually tried in a special youth court and judges may choose to impose lighter sentences if guilty.
Police are now reminding drivers to lock vehicle doors at all times to prevent theft, and never to leave valuables or identity cards in cars.