Two boys ages 12 and 13 have some explaining to do after they were nabbed by Nanaimo RCMP for throwing rocks at vehicles over the weekend.

The boys were arrested Sunday evening after police received reports that rocks were thrown at vehicles just north of the Harewood Mines overpass.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, the incident happened between 7 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. near Seventh Street and the Island Highway.

Police were alerted to the situation after several motorists reported having rocks thrown at their vehicle and that the culprits were seen standing in a ditch near the highway’s northbound lanes.

A motorist assisted police in the arrest by making a citizens’ arrest before officers got to the area.

Both youths were apologetic and were arrested for mischief. They were then transported to the Nanaimo detachment and later turned over to their parents.

“While the damage is significant, we are extremely thankful that there were no reported injuries or motor vehicle incidents that occurred as a result of the rocks striking the vehicles,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

While the damage incurred from the rocks varies from vehicle to vehicle, police said the cost of the damage will be in the hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

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