Vancouver Police have identified and spoken to the three men who were seen taking 360 videos and photos of exits and entrances of downtown Vancouver’s Pacific Centre shopping mall on the evening of January 12.
According to a police statement, investigators have determined that the men’s actions were “completely innocent,” adding that the three men cooperated with investigators and had a “very logical explanation regarding their behaviour”.
However, police have not provided any further details and reasoning on the actions of the men at the time.
The men were recorded on CCTV security footage capturing photos of the mall, including the Dunsmuir Street entrance of the complex. Pacific Centre staff deemed the incident suspicious and reported the incident to police, which initiated an investigation on what it also termed as “suspicious” activity.
Vancity Buzz acquired an internal police bulletin through a tip on Thursday evening. The details of the bulletin were confirmed and discussed with police prior to the publication of the article.
“Vancouver remains a very safe city and the public should have no concerns about shopping at Pacific Centre or attending any other public place,” the statement continues.
Businesses are encouraged to report suspicious activity through Operation Securus, a joint-law enforcement agency program designed to help address and prevent potential public safety threats.