A 17-year-old boy’s time on the lam is over.

The young offender escaped custody from the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville on Dec. 23.

The youth, serving time for theft-related offences, was outside the institution on a work program. He allegedly stole a 1999 silver Ford Taurus where he was working with construction workers.


The 17-year-old had earned the right to work without direct supervision of Nova Scotia Youth Facility staff on a construction crew.

Yesterday morning at 1 a.m. Ca­nadian For­ces military police pulled a vehicle over on Cow Bay Road in Eastern Passage, not far from the Shearwater base.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott Warnica said yesterday he didn’t know why the vehicle was stopped. When military police ran the plates, they discovered the vehicle was stolen and notified the RCMP.

The RCMP arrived within minutes and arrested the 17-year-old boy.

He is facing charges of two counts of theft, possession of break-and-enter instruments, being unlawfully at large and possessing stolen property.

As of yesterday afternoon, the boy was in police custody and is scheduled to appear in youth court sometime today.