Local police and RCMP have issued several reminders of how citizens can prevent theft during the flurry of the holiday shopping season.
Unfortunately, the season of goodwill to all people—not to mention the philosophy of yoga—is lost upon thieves.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced today (December 10) that they have arrested three suspects attempting to shoplift from stores while using weapons in two unrelated incidents, one from an East Vancouver liquor outlet and the other—in what might seem very Vancouver—from a West Side yoga shop.
In the first case, a male suspect was allegedly witnessed stealing alcohol from the B.C. Liquor Store on Commercial Drive at Grant Street shortly after noon on December 6.
A loss prevention officer arrested him. But while the suspect was in handcuffs, he pulled out a knife and fled from the premises.
When Vancouver police arrived, they located the suspect and arrested him.
Tyler Fitzpatrick, a 20-year-old male with no fixed address, was charged with several offences for the incident and was also wanted on warrants across British Columbia. He remains in custody.
In a separate case in Kitsilano, a man allegedly tried to steal clothing worth hundreds of dollars from a Lululemon store at West 4th Avenue and Arbutus Street around 3:30 p.m. on December 8.
When a loss prevention officer stopped him, the suspect used bear spray to threaten him and then left.
Shortly thereafter, a woman, who is believed to be his accomplice, entered the store and also tried to steal clothing. A loss prevention officer stopped her from doing so.
Upon arrival, officers located both suspects and apprehended them.
Andre Goudrea, 40, and Patricia Dove, 41, both of Vancouver, were charged with several offences and remain in custody.
The VPD stated that in November, the VPD arrested 25 suspects during a three-week project targeting shoplifters in Downtown Vancouver.
But in a further crackdown on thefts, Vancouver police are also planning additional projects targeting thieves and shoplifters later this month.
More information on crime prevention and safety for businesses is available at the VPD website.