Teen arrested in theft of safety gear from St. George Power

Police say they've arrested a teenager and are seeking another in connection to theft of safety gear from St. George Power.

On Feb. 6, St. George RCMP released photos of four young people they said were alleged suspects in a break-in Jan. 22 at a Mill Avenue business, which J.D. Irving confirmed was St. George Power. Police said four people allegedly gained entry to a fenced-in area and secure building, and fled the scene with $1,200 in safety clothing.

In an update Thursday, police say they arrested a 13-year-old boy for break and enter, and he was released to appear in court at a later date. A second 16-year-old youth has been identified and charged with break and enter as well as failure to comply with a release order.

Cpl. Jayson Hansen said the youth is at large and was charged after he failed to attend on another matter. He said police are still looking to identify two others connected with the incident.

"We have a kind of idea, but in the initial tips we got a multiplicity of names," he said. "The two male youths that were arrested were identified pretty consistently and in keeping with who we also suspected, but we're still trying to identify the other two."

He said the two may not be from the St. George area. The items that were taken have not been recovered, he said.

Hansen said there has been a general interest in break-ins from the public after arrests last year and this case featured an alleged theft of "vital safety equipment" for electrical workers, as well as "brazenness" of taking place midday.

"We've got some urgency to identify and nip it in the bud, because we don't want a new crop of people who just think they can do property crime," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call St. George RCMP at 506-755-1130.

Andrew Bates, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal