Keen-eyed parents put halt to crime spree

Two Nanaimo teens were arrested Monday after parents turned one of them over to the RCMP.

Two Nanaimo teens were arrested Monday after parents turned one of them over to the RCMP.

The boys, both 15, allegedly went on a crime spree over the weekend, breaking into cars and stealing dozens of items.

The RCMP got involved after one of the boys’ parents saw suspicious comments their son posted on his Facebook account Sunday and confronted him.

The boy admitted his involvement and showed his parents his cache of stolen items, including cellphone chargers, sunglasses, umbrellas, small tools, a new pair of shoes, iPods and cellphones, and even an orange hard hat. He also told them the name of his accomplice.

“The parents called the other parents and he was also confronted and admitted to his involvement,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

O’Brien said police estimate 30-50 cars were broken into in north Nanaimo near Dover Bay Secondary School.

He said the boys told their parents they wanted to try and make some quick money. They snuck out of their homes at 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The teens randomly chose streets where they targeted cars that were unlocked or had a window partly open and avoided cars that were locked or appeared to be alarmed. The boys carried stolen items off in their backpacks.

On Saturday, they took their bikes so they could cover more ground and target more cars.

“A lot of people probably don’t even know that their cars were broken into because they were unlocked,” O’Brien said, adding that 50 per cent of all thefts from vehicles are from unlocked cars..

It is important that parents monitor their children’s social networking to keep an eye on their activities, he said.

Police have recommended charges of possession of stolen property against the teens, who were released on promises to appear at Nanaimo provincial court at a later date.

Anyone who had items from a vehicle is asked to call Const. Denis Fraser at 250-754-2345 and quote your police file number.