Teen arrested 15 minutes after stealing vehicle

Teen arrested 15 minutes after stealing vehicle, Vladimir Volenyuk

Car theft is a growing problem in Canada, thankfully in Winnipeg, we have the Air1 helicopter that helps police to track down and find the stolen vehicle fast! A new report from the Canadian Insurance Bureau says that picky car thieves are increasingly targeting Ford trucks and high-end SUVs. At the same time, the total number of car thefts continues to grow throughout the country.

The Canadian insurance bureau reports in its annual list of the most frequently stolen cars that the Ford F-Series trucks again ranked first. Henry Tso, vice president of the board of inquiry, says thieves in Ontario and Alberta prefer trucks, and in Atlantic Canada, Nissan Maxima, as well as Chevy Silverado and Jeep Liberty are most often stolen.

Approximately at 2:45 a.m., a 23-year-old woman reported a stolen vehicle to police, she was sitting in her car on Bannatyne Avenue when a man ordered her out of the vehicle and drove away.

At 3 a.m., police found the vehicle in the 500 block of Portage Avenue and followed it to a Langside Street lane, where the driver got out and ran away. After a short foot chase, he was arrested.

19-year-old Theodoros Kyriakakos was charged with robbery and detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

Fellow Winnipeggers, please be careful where you leave your vehicle, as the report shows almost no car theft occurred at Parkades and underground garages, as they are equipped with multiple security cameras and have gates, where you have to stop and pay to get out, also security guards at the premises discourage car thieves. So think twice before leaving your vehicle just on the street, try to avoid bad neighborhoods and keep an eye on your car keys.

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