Five Erin youths have been charged with mischief after a number of vehicles were entered on Saturday, January 14.
At about 12:30 a.m., Ontario Provincial Police received a report that five or six youths, all wearing dark hoodies, were observed going from house to house and entering vehicles and garages on Erinlea Crescent in the Town of Erin.
The complainant further advised that when the youths were approached, they ran off in different directions, some cutting through back yards to get away.
Officers patrolled the area and placed five persons under arrest.
Four 16-year-old youths and one 17-year-old, all from the Town of Erin, have each been charged with Mischief Under $5000, contrary to the Criminal Code. One youth also faces a charge of Possession of Break and Enter Tools, contrary to the Criminal Code. The charges have not been proven in court.
The accused will appear in Guelph Criminal Court on March 1, 2017 to answer to their charges.
In a separate release on January 18, Wellington County OPP reported receiving numerous reports of unlocked vehicles being entered Tuesday night in the Town of Erin, Guelph-Eramosa Township and Fergus.
“These thefts are a crime of opportunity and the key to protecting your vehicle is in your hands,” said the OPP release. “Keep yourself from becoming an easy target by simply securing your vehicle.”
Here are their tips to prevent you from becoming a victim:
• Always roll up vehicle windows and lock the doors.
• Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.
• If you have a garage, use it and lock the door as well as the vehicle.
• Never leave car keys in plain view or in an easily accessible area.
• Always park in a well-lit area.
• Never leave valuable objects or packages in full view. Put them in the trunk.
Any person with information regarding these recent incidents should contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip on-line at www.csgw.tips. Those providing tips could be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.