North Vancouver man physically restrains thief he catches rifling through his car

Dec 19 2018, 10:15 pm

A would-be thief in North Vancouver was caught in the act and restrained by the very person whose car he was trying to steal from, early on Wednesday morning.

According to North Vancouver RCMP, the incident took place at approximately 5:30 am, when a resident of Deep Cove, who was outside his home, noticed an unknown person inside his car.

The homeowner “physically restrained” the 25 year-old man until police arrived, and the suspect was ultimately arrested on charges of theft from auto.

The suspect, who is well known to police, is believed to be involved in similar thefts from vehicles and other offences in North Vancouver, and has no fixed address. He is scheduled to appear in court today.

“The citizen who managed to restrain the suspect was not injured and his neighbours called 911 immediately,” said North Vancouver RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong.

However, he noted that “police do not encourage anyone to approach any suspect engaged in criminal activity.”

In light of this incident, police are reminding people to always lock their vehicles and keep all valuables secure or hidden. More tips on how to reduce property and vehicle crime is available online.

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