Police Use Helicopter, Canine Unit to Hunt Down Teenaged Wonderland Candy Thieves

Three males taken into custody for trespassing

York Region Police released a thermal imaging video Tuesday that shows three youths being arrested at Canada’s Wonderland for breaking into the property and stealing candy. In a YouTube description police said the video was released as a “deterrent” for anyone considering trespassing on private property.

The footage was shot from a helicopter as officers below used a canine unit to track down three teenagers, two 16-year-old boys and one 15-year-old male. Seems like quite the operation for candy theft.

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On Thursday, April 8, 2017, shortly after 10:30 p.m., police were called by Canada’s Wonderland security who had spotted three people within the closed park. The males were seen dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered, entering one of the stores on the property and stealing candy. The males left the store and disappeared into the park.

The York Regional Police helicopter Air2 arrived on scene and a short time later, with the use of the FLIR camera, officers located the suspects hiding beneath a tree. Officers in Air2 directed officers with the Canine Unit to the area where the suspects were hiding and they were taken into custody without further incident.

The males were discovered to be youths, two of them were 16 years old and the third was 15 years old, all from the City of Vaughan. The youths were cooperative with police and were remorseful for their actions. They were each released to the custody of their parents and entered into the Community Referral Program, under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

So yeah, if you’re ever thinking about breaking into private property to score some gummy bears just don’t. Unless, of course, you want to end up looking like a scene of Call of Duty on YouTube.