Pair of Ponoka youths nabbed for vandalism

A 15 and 17 year old facing mischief and other counts for painting public, private property

Two youth have been arrested and are facing several charges following some acts of vandalism.

A 17 year-old boy as well as 15 year-old boy — both of whom can’t be named — were taken into custody Jan. 22 after a report of three young people throwing items and spray painting public and private property.

Members of the Ponoka RCMP arrived at Centennial Park shortly after 2 p.m. and arrested the two boys. However, back at the detachment, the older boy began resisting and fighting with the officers as they attempted to place him in a cell.

No one was injured during the altercation, but it did result in a charge being added.

The 17 year-old has been charged with two counts of mischief under $5,000, five counts of failure to comply with conditions and one count of assault of a police officer. He was released on bail and set to appear in Ponoka Provincial Court on Feb. 13.

Meanwhile, the 15 year-old has been charged with two counts of mischief under $5,000 and was also released with a court appearance slated for March 13.

Ponoka RCMP Sgt. Chris Smiley noted the quick arrests were a direct result of the prompt call by the public.

“A call from the public was instrumental in us locating these youth and affecting arrests” he stated in a release.

“Engagement like this from the citizens of Ponoka helps the RCMP work towards crime prevention in our community.”

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