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Off-duty officer prevents vehicle theft in Battleford

An off-duty RCMP member aided in preventing vehicle thefts.

Early this morning, around 3:00 a.m., Battlefords RCMP were dispatched to 15th Street in Battleford over a complain of stolen vehicles.

An off-duty officer was woken up by a vehicle driving in an erratic manner and got up to investigate. The officer interrupted the theft and was able to secure 2 stolen vehicles by removing the keys until the police arrived.

RCMP later arrested a 13-year-old suspect believed to be involved in the thefts.

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Police warn that in the vast majority of recent vehicle thefts, suspects locate the keys in an unlocked vehicle, and are able to steal it in a matter of seconds.

The public are urged to remove all keys and valuables from their vehicles and keep them locked when they are not nearby.

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