Boys wearing balaclavas and carrying boltcutters arrested by police in York
Two boys wearing balaclavas have been arrested after being spotted acting suspiciously by an eagle-eyed member of the public early this morning (Tuesday).
They rang North Yorkshire Police’s force control room to report two boys in balaclavas on a moped with no lights or registration.
The moped was heading towards York city centre. CCTV operators quickly identified two boys matching the description.
A second call from another member of the public reported that boys matching the same description were on a moped in the same area.
They were armed with a set of boltcutters. Police officers were sent to the area.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “The boys then acquired a further moped from a nearby property and made off towards Millennium Bridge.
“A search of the area led to officers recovering the two suspected stolen mopeds. The suspects were detained a short time later.”
Two arrests were made:
- a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and going equipped
- a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
Both remain in police custody as enquiries continue.