A 24-year-old man is recovering after being pepper-sprayed in the face, during a break-in at his North Vancouver home yesterday afternoon.
The incident took place in the 1200 Block of Wellington Drive, at approximately 3 pm on Thursday, when the man arrived home in time to see the culprit leaving the house by way of a bedroom window.
The resident approached the suspect and was pepper-sprayed in the face as a result.
The culprit, who the man did not recognize, fled the scene with a “large amount” of British pounds of various bill sizes, police said.
The suspect is described as Caucasian man, approximately 5’10 (177cm) tall, dark hair, dark stubble on his face, a right black eye, and a heavy build.
He was wearing a red high-visibility vest and dark pants at the time of the incident.
Police said “extensive” foot patrols in the area were unsuccessful in finding him.
“Fortunately the victim was not seriously injured,” said North Vancouver RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong. “With ample water flushing of his eyes the victim will recover.”
In light of the incident, police are reminding residents to lock their doors and windows when leaving their homes.
Should someone encounter a break-and-enter in progress, police don’t advise approaching the culprit, but instead call 911 immediately.