Teen chased and held after witnesses see youth rifling through vehicles in Murray River

Jocelyne Lloyd
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Several people chased and held a teenager after they saw him going through a parked vehicle in the Murray River area Saturday.

Several people who saw a young person going through a vehicle parked in the Murray River area Saturday took matters into their own hands.

The concerned citizens chased the teenager and held him until police arrived. This incident occurred after a number of vehicles in the area had had small items and small amounts of change taken from them in recent days.


A 17-year-old Murray River youth will appear in Georgetown Court on May 22 to face numerous charges related to the thefts from motor vehicles, which occurred in the Murray River area between April 30 and May 3.

Only vehicles that were left unlocked were targeted, say Kings District RCMP, who responded to the call Saturday. "We would like to remind the public to not leave valuables in their vehicle, and to lock their doors when the vehicle is unattended."

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Murray River

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  • Bravo for the citizens
    May 06, 2014 - 05:07

    It takes a community to raise a child.....as noted in a UN report.....and communities do not like thieves...so they reacted.If you do not Own it,don,t take it.....some islanders have a problem understanding that ....some not the majority.....the 5 % who think they can take what they want make it difficult for the rest of us".......this 17 yr old has joined their ranks ....all the recreation centers in the world will not stop this activity ......good for citizens to step forward".......kids will be kids...holds no water......especially for. 17 yr olds.

  • Abhored by the comments
    May 05, 2014 - 16:40

    I cannot believe the comments that I am hearing on here..."kids will be kids"?? Are you out of your mind?? This is just petty theft and it will grow to bigger and badder things. You people need to wake up and give your heads a shake! I bet the comments would be different if it was your car that they broke into! should be ashamed of yourself! As far as I go....make an example out of him! Maybe that will scare him into not doing it anymore!

    • huh
      May 05, 2014 - 17:27

      ummm...you probably should read the comments you refer to again. You misread them rather badly, assuming you read them at all.

    • Peter
      May 05, 2014 - 17:50

      Maybe too... (hopefully) it'll stop others as well. I believe it's called "deterrent" ... something I wish PEI courts would learn.

  • Kids being kids?
    May 05, 2014 - 16:30

    Reading the comments on this makes me sick. "Kids being kids" ? Really?? It is petty theft for now... then moving up to bigger and better things! I bet if it was your car that was broken into, the tune would be different. U make me sick.

  • enough already
    May 05, 2014 - 15:16

    Thank you Steven Harper! If the lieberal party was in power in Ottawa the people who held the thief would have been charged. The Harper government changed the law so the victim would not be charged. I was very surprised the mountie didn't use the same old line of leaving it up to the police and not doing anything to protect their property.

    • just a note
      May 06, 2014 - 11:43

      people have always had the right to protect their property, reference: Section 35 of the Criminal Code of Canada... Citizens have always had power of arrest against a person found committing an indictable offence, see Section 294 Criminal Code. There is a lot of misunderstanding about this. These are very longstanding sections of Canadian law that far precede Harper and his term in government.

  • Round Table
    May 05, 2014 - 13:58

    While sitting around the table, I cannot help but agree with Arthur, this is just a huge misunderstanding, this was a youth just being a kid. There was no serious crime here, just some pocket change from a group of entitled adults who forgot to put their toys away properly and lock them up. The poor youth lives out in rural PEI where there is nothing to do so he likely has wandered into a muddy pit of self loathing and become addicted to the rush of petty crime. Then again, maybe he is starving for attention, after being a good kid for so many years, suddenly he sees the only way to get attention is to be a petty thief, claim he is just being a "kid" and have his friends lobby to have buildings built and honorary naming of community centres after him.

  • I'm With Arthur
    May 05, 2014 - 11:05

    Those kids broke the law by breaking and entering into that building ... they are dead as a result, but they still broke the law ... quite the grim penalty ... their lives. "Kids being dead kids"!

    • sam
      May 05, 2014 - 22:10

      Is it not about time that we Respect the feelings of the families that lost the 3 boys, and perhaps stop referring to the incident every time something bad happens around here. Get on with it. Just down right rude. Have a heart. This thief's parents are able to see him everyday, the other 3 families are not so lucky. Cut it out. What has this world come to.

  • my thoughts
    May 05, 2014 - 10:38

    why should I have to keep my car doors locked? The kids should have been taught to leave other peoples property alone. This used to be a good place to live and people never had to worry about having their cars rifled by these brats. Where are the parents? Maybe since the law protects these kids we should be charging and holding the parents responsible for their actions.

    • Big Bill Bradely
      May 05, 2014 - 14:39

      My Thoughts, I completely agree. But don't stop there. Why should we have to lock our homes or why do stores locked up after hours? Don't even get me started about banks putting all that money into locked safes. We all know it is just kids doing all this stealing. Adults like us would never take anything that was not ours. If only parents would be tougher with their kids and taught them right from wrong all the locksmiths in the world would be out of business.

  • @Arthur
    May 05, 2014 - 09:38

    You have know heart to bring that up!!!

  • Arthur
    May 05, 2014 - 08:14

    Interesting that this youth is not being given the benefit of the tried and true banner line that everyone throws around about the kids that broke into the Mt. Edward Rd. Building and proceeded to light an open fire in it. It appears that one only gets the "Just kids being kids." Freepass when the actions of kids being kids ends in tragedy. Shouldn't folks be pointing the finger of blame for this young man pillaging through unlocked cars on the people who left their cars unlocked with items in them. He is after all just a kid, being a kid. I bet a youth center in the community would have kept him from his activities.

    • No name
      May 05, 2014 - 09:12

      Kids don't go through people's cars looking for valuables and cash,Criminals do. So that youth is not a "kid being a kid" that's is a youth who is now displaying criminal tendencies and if it's not handled through the courts now it could just get worse. So yes this situation is being handled the proper way.

    • shocked
      May 05, 2014 - 09:18

      so you think they should put dead people on trial? Good luck with that... You're sick to even mention it! Breaking into cars, stealing, is just a kid being a kid, and shouldn't be corrected or punished? Seriously! You need your head examined.

    • @Shocked
      May 05, 2014 - 11:26

      Check out sarcasm and sardonic humour in the dictionary since you don't seem to get the commentators drift.

    • Hey Arthur
      May 05, 2014 - 11:55

      You're just a jerk being a jerk. You couldn't use another comparison in your foolish rant other than a tragedy where 3 people lost their lives? Do you think anybody is going to take anything out of your message other than that you are insensitive? You were trying to make a point regarding kids and crime but it just turned into a statement showing what kind of insensitve people we have in the world like you. I don't even care about this kid stealing from cars now. He is a saint compared to you.

    • Shocked
      May 06, 2014 - 11:33

      @ @Shocked... oh I got his drift loud and clear; however, his comments, particularly in reference to the recent tragedy, are extremely inappropriate and disguisting...

    • @ @shocked
      May 07, 2014 - 11:44

      oh I got "no names" message loud and clear. It was in very poor taste, and seriously inappropriate to say the least.