Police arrested a 15-year-od and a 16-year-old after a pickup truck was stolen Monday, Aug. 14. (Black Press files)

Police arrested a 15-year-od and a 16-year-old after a pickup truck was stolen Monday, Aug. 14. (Black Press files)

Duncan Teens arrested after pickup truck theft

Two suspects fled from Mounties in a stolen pickup truck on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 14 but, citing public safety, officers did not give chase.

It all began around 1:30 p.m. when police recieved a report the vehicle had been stolen from a Duncan welding shop.

“Patrols were made and a short time later another report was received that the truck had been in a minor collision with a tow truck in Cowichan Bay,” said North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP spokesperson Const. Pam Bolton.

With some help from the public, police were able to track the truck but it sped away.

It was not pursued.

Members did find the pickup a short time later, back in Duncan.

Two male youth, aged 15 and 16 yeras old were arrested and now face charges of theft over $5,000, posession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

“The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance,” Bolton said.

Those who would like to report a crime or suspicious activity can call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency line at the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment at 748-5522. To remain anonymous, callers can dial Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS (8477), visit www.cowichancrimestoppers.com or text COWICHAN plus your tip to 274637.

sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com