Two youth arrested in relation to thefts on northern Haida Gwaii

Masset RCMP say they have made two arrests in relation to the recent rash of theft from vehicles and break and enter to businesses.

Masset RCMP say they have made two arrests in relation to the recent rash of theft from vehicles and break and enter to businesses in Old Massett, Masset and Tow Hill.

On Oct. 18, Masset RCMP arrested one youth and on Oct. 19 arrested a second youth suspect in relation to the same offences. Both were held in custody and subsequently released by a Judicial Justice of the Peace to live in the community until the commencement of trial. While released, the two are bound by strict conditions that RCMP say are meant to protect the community from further criminal activity.

“The Masset RCMP are acutely aware of the rash of thefts and we are fully engaged in investigating these offences and holding suspects responsible for the crimes they have committed,” said Const. Chris Kienzle.

“We are working diligently to prevent future offences, forward charges for known offences to Crown Counsel and return stolen property.”

The identity of those arrested or any information that may identify them are not being released because they are youth.

While arrests have been made, Masset RCMP say people should still be aware of what is happening on the streets of northern Haida Gwaii.

“We are asking the community to remain vigilant in keeping valuables out of your vehicles, lock your doors and windows and report suspicious activity,” said Const. Kienzle, noting the investigation is ongoing and residents’ support is being sought.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Masset RCMP at 250-626-3991.