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Group of youngsters aged 12 to 19 charged in cab theft

For the second time in less than a month a cab driver has had his vehicle stolen.

For the second time in less than a month a cab driver has had his vehicle stolen.

At about 1 a.m. Wednesday a group of five males, one as young as 12, got out of a truck and approached a cab parked near 75 Street and 90 Avenue.

When the cab driver opened his door to speak to the group they allegedly demanded cash.

The driver ran away from the vehicle and noticed that the five males got in the cab and drove off.

Police spotted the stolen cab and followed it until Air-1 took over. A spike belt was deployed near 40 Street on the Yellowhead Trail, sending the vehicle off the road and into a light standard.

Four of the five suspects fled the scene but were arrested shortly after. The fifth male remained in the car with a leg injury and was taken to hospital for treatment.

“Sometimes, especially in the cold weather, people take chances and leave their vehicle running and unlocked and they come back and see that their vehicle is gone,” said police spokesperson Karen Carlson.

“In many of those cases it’s a crime of opportunity.”

Further investigation revealed that the truck the group was driving was stolen as well. Five males aged 12, 15, 16, 17 and 19 face several charges.

 
 
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