Members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary investigate the scene of an accident on Empire Avenue Wednesday morning. The van was apparently stolen and burst into flames after it crashed through a sign in the area. Two suspects were taken into custody following the crash and police were searching for a third person. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Two incidents early Wednesday morning left two stolen cars in flames and three youths in custody.
A 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old female were arrested after they reportedly stole a minivan, sped from police and crashed it on Empire Avenue before making a run for it.
In a second incident, a 15-year-old male was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a car on Newfoundland Drive.
The vehicles in both incidents had reportedly been stolen from the east end of St. John’s.
RNC officers and the K-9 unit were in the area Tuesday night doing extra patrols after receiving several reports of stolen vehicles or attempted stolen vehicles.
About 4:30 a.m. on Macdonald Drive, officers spotted a minivan which had been reported stolen.