The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has identified the suspects who damaged vehicles at 23 houses in a Milton neighbourhood on Saturday, September 30 at approximately 2:30pm. The damage was caused by children under the age of 12 and is estimated to exceed $10,000.
The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits children under the age of 12 from being prosecuted for criminal activities. Police have alternate mechanisms and programs to ensure these offenders are held accountable.
Criminal offences by young children are not common, but are investigated with the same tenacity as any other offence. The HRPS has been actively communicating with all parties involved and is confident an appropriate outcome can be reached in the absence of criminal charges.
The HRPS takes pride in its role facilitating services and support for the victims of crime and the children responsible for this unique circumstance. Those responsible have been offered counseling with their parents, and the victims will be provided with paths to restitution.
The HRPS encourages communities and residents to report all crime as soon as possible. Immediately reporting incidents allows police to respond more quickly, which is a key factor in ensuring thorough and successful investigations. Emergency calls should be directed to 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls to 905-825-4747.
Tips can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers; “See Something, Hear Something, Say Something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.crimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).