(Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore RCMP arrest man after he runs from police, hides under tarp

Man allegedly shoplifted from Winners

West Shore RCMP arrested a man after he attempted to hide from police under a tarp.

On June 12, West Shore RCMP received a complaint from The West Shore Town Centre Mall Security advising that a man just left Winners after shoplifting.

READ ALSO: West Shore RCMP arrest man, seize drugs, cash and weapons in Langford

The suspect was described as having no shirt or shoes and wearing a pair of pink shorts he allegedly stole from the store.

A police officer located the suspect right away and told him he was under arrest. The suspect ran away before the officer was able to get him into handcuffs, police said.

Const. Nancy Saggar of West Shore RCMP said the suspect ran through a blackberry bush and onto a property on Brittney Drive. He then wrapped himself up in a blue plastic tarp to evade police.

“The shape of a human body in a tarp wasn’t hard for our officer to spot,” Saggar said. “Clearly the suspect hadn’t thought out his hiding spot given the plastic tarp and the 30 degree weather we had yesterday.”

READ ALSO: Shoplifter launches bear spray at Victoria’s Bolen Books

The suspect was taken into custody for theft under $5,000. The shorts he was wearing still had the Winners store tag on them, say police.

The suspect was taken to hospital to tend to the wounds caused by the blackberry bush. He was released from custody and will have to appear in court at a later date.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Convicted drug trafficker asks Victoria courtroom for chance to ‘turn this around’

Horst Schirmer sentenced for convictions on five counts of possession related to trafficking

Pipeline protestors plan march as Trudeau gives Trans Mountain the go-ahead,

20 kilometre march to protest the pipeline starts in Victoria, ends on Saanich Peninsula

Union Club of B.C. votes in its first female president

16-year member Grace Van den Brink previously served as vice president

$11 million overdraw for McKenzie Interchange construction

The project has been delayed multiple times and is now estimating a budget of $96 million

Alzheimer Society calls for helpline volunteers in Greater Victoria

Charity is in ‘urgent need’ as calls on the rise

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion?

The federal government announced Tuesday its approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline… Continue reading

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

VIDEO: Firefighters stop blaze from spreading after BMW crashes at Saratoga Speedway

Victoria-based businessmen were ‘corner training’ on Father’s Day when incident took place

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Most Read