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Three youths arrested in shoplifting, assault investigation

Three youths have been arrested following an alleged shoplifting and assault Tuesday.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., Prince George RCMP were called to the Save-On-Foods at 2999 Massey Drive to investigate a report of shoplifting by some youth.

When police officers arrived at the location, Loss Preventions Officers (LPOs) at the store reported that two youth were involved in attempting to steal some items. When the LPOs stopped them, the LPOs were assaulted by two previously uninvolved but associated youth, one of whom began throwing items from the store at the LPOs.

“An off-duty police officer who was in the grocery store at the time witnessed the Loss Prevention Officers struggling to take the youth into custody and assisted in arresting one of the youths,” said Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, Media Relations Officer for the Prince George RCMP. “On their arrival, frontline police officers arrested two of the youth for theft and one for assault. They were subsequently transported to the Prince George RCMP detachment where they were held in custody until they could be picked up by their guardians.”

One of the youth responsible for assaulting the Loss Prevention Officers remains outstanding. No injuries were reported to police officers following this incident.

This file remains under investigation.

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