Three teenagers were arrested on April 6 for their alleged involvement in thefts at Promontory Heights Elementary School, including this vandalism to the school kitchen. (Submitted)

Three teens arrested in connection with vandalism, theft at Chilliwack school

Property allegedly stolen from Promontory Heights also seized from home on Spruce Drive

Three teenagers were arrested last weekend in connection with a break-in at Promontory Heights elementary school that left the school’s kitchen destroyed.

Two suspects turned themselves into police last Friday and another was later arrested in connection with the March 29 vandalism and thefts, according to Chilliwack RCMP.

“We received overwhelming assistance from the public which aided our investigators to identify three teenage suspects,” said Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.

• READ MORE: Photos show heavy vandalism at school following break-in

Some property from the robbery, which a source reported was laptop computers, was also been seized.

It was at approximately 2 a.m. on March 29 when RCMP responded to loud noises coming from the school on Stoneview Drive.

General Duty officers, supported by the Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS), immediately arrived at the address where they quickly noted extensive damage throughout the interior of the school. Thorough patrols of the area were conducted by police however suspects were not located.

Soon after, police released photos of two young men from the school’s security camera.

On April 6, one suspect was arrested by police. Later that evening the other two turned themselves in.

All were later released from police custody.

Then, on April 7, the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) supported by the Quick Response Team (QRT) and General Duty (GD) executed a search warrant of a residence in the 45000-block of Spruce Drive where police seized property linked to the school, according to Rail.

The RCMP will be submitting all evidence to the BC Prosecution Service for their assessment of criminal code charges for break and enter to commit theft over $5,000 and break and enter to commit mischief over $5,000.

“Police resources working together with community members were critical to identifying suspects in our investigation,” Rail said.


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