Cops nab teen trio in B&Es near Wakefield, Quebec


by Trevor Greenway on December 2, 2010

MRC des Collines Police have arrested three male teenagers in connection with break-ins, theft and mischief that took place in Masham, near Wakefield, Quebec, in the months June through November. One of the teens had been arrested earlier for uttering death threats to the supervisor at the Mashado Youth Centre in October.

According to police spokesperson Martin Fournel, the youths allegedly broke into the Des Lacs School by smashing a window and grabbing about $100 in cash. The three are also suspects in a Bertrand Hardware break-in, as well as a Mashado Youth Centre case, where a very small amount of cash went missing. They are allegedly responsible for vandalizing the school and youth centre, where picnic tables were damaged.

The teens, aged 14, 15 and 17 are from Masham and can’t be named because of their age. The 14-year-old faces three counts of break-and-enter and one count of theft, and the 15-year-old faces one count of theft. The 17-year-old has mischief, theft and three counts of break and enter on his blotter.

In the death-threat incident, the 17-year-old had been “causing trouble” at the youth centre and had received a letter from the facility, telling him he wasn’t welcome there. But he showed up angry and made threats.

“They decided to ask him not to come back,” said Fournel. “But he just blew up in there.”

The teen was released with certain conditions and was to appear in court this week, but “mental issues” landed him in hospital. Fournel said police will be “keeping an eye on him.”

Police talked to Masham residents who were at first reluctant to disclose information that might link the teens to the crimes. Fournel said it has been a constant battle to get residents to open up, as many of them know the people involved and worry about the consequences.

“That’s the problem we face in small areas,” he said. “Most people won’t talk because they are afraid of retaliation. But somebody needs to stand up and do something.”

The teens’ court date has yet to be set.