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Mission teen arrested for mailbox break-ins

17-year-old allegedly resists arrest, damages police car; RCMP investigate possible further mischief
Mission RCMP arrested a 17-year-old for allegedly breaking into mailboxes on Bannister Drive last Friday (Feb. 23). / File Photo

A 17-year-old was arrested by Mission RCMP on Friday (Feb. 23) for allegedly breaking into mailboxes on Bannister Drive.

According to a news release, Mounties responded to a wooden newspaper box and garbage set on fire on Bannister Drive at 1:30 a.m. Two hours later, a male suspect was seen trying to break into mailboxes at the same location and officers found the teenager nearby.

Police say the youth resisted arrest and tried to damage a police car once in custody. Officers discovered items including a screwdriver and a knife in his possession.

Mission RCMP officers are investigating whether the 17-year-old is responsible for a spree of mischief from Dunsmuir Avenue to Bannister Drive last week.

Between Feb. 20 and 23, roughly a dozen vehicles in the area were keyed while others had their tires slashed. One vehicle was set on fire and another was doused in gasoline.

The detachment says all incidents occurred during the overnight hours and most weren’t noticed until the following day.

Mission RCMP will continue increased patrols at night in the affected areas to help deter any further issues.

The investigation into the spree of mischief is still ongoing. Residents in the area are asked to check CCTV footage and contact Mission RCMP 604-826-7161 with any information.

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Dillon White

About the Author: Dillon White

I joined the Mission Record in November of 2022 after moving to B.C. from Nova Scotia earlier in the year.
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