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Shoplifter arrested after 15-minute foot chase through streets, ditches

DH Vancouver Staff Dec 16, 2013 12:10 pm

Robert Duncan, 24 years old, will appear in court today to answer to charges stemming from a shoplifting incident on December 12th.

Langley RCMP was called by the Loss Prevention Officer at Winners on the Langley By-Pass shortly after 7:30 who alleged Duncan was putting on clothing and wrapping items in tin foil. Officers were waiting outside the store when Duncan exited nearly an hour later and he immediately began running towards the Langley By-Pass.

The officer gave chase and for nearly 15 minutes the two ran across streets, through ditches, in and out of water, and over at least four fences. The officer was able to grab hold of Duncan’s arm through the third fence. However, Duncan literally slipped through his fingers by taking off one of the T-Shirts he was wearing.

Other officers were able to position themselves ahead of the chase and take Duncan into custody. Aside from the shoplifting offence, for goods totalling just over $300, Duncan apparently had reason to run as police discovered he was wanted on two separate warrants for arrest and bound by three separate probation orders, two of which had conditions he not attend Winners.

Robert William Duncan of no fixed address will appear in Surrey Provincial Court this morning to answer to a variety of charges, including Theft Under $5000 and Obstructing a Peace Officer as a result of his alleged activity on December 12th.

Source: RCMP | Image: bikeriderlondon / Shutterstock

DH Vancouver Staff
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