An attempt at stealing was quickly brought to an end when a male suspect committed an alleged theft in front of a plainclothes police officer.
On December 9th, 2021 just after 11 a.m., a plainclothes officer with the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit was in 1200 block of Goldstream Ave in Langford on an unrelated matter when he observed a man wearing a camouflage jacket acting suspiciously, peeking into a pickup truck parked in a private driveway nearby.
Unbeknownst he was being observed by police, the man lowered his hoodie and put a face mask on before grabbing a large jerry can of gasoline from the pickup truck. The suspect then started running away with the jerry can.
The suspect did not make it very far before being arrested, says Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the West Shore RCMP.
He literally tried to run but couldn’t hide.
The jerry can was immediately returned to the owner.
The suspect, a 38-year-old Langford man, was subsequently released and is set to appear in court on February 10th, 2022.
Cst. Alex Bérubé
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP