The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is investigating two armed shoplifting attempts that took place last week.
The first incident occurred on December 6, just after 12 pm. An emailed statement from the VPD reports that a male was seen attempting to steal alcohol from a BC Liquor Store on Commercial Drive at Grant Street.
He was reportedly confronted and arrested by a loss prevention officer and while he was in handcuffs, pulled a knife out and fled. Police say they later arrived on the scene, located, and arrested the suspect.
The culprit was identified as Tyler Fitzpatrick, a 20-year-old with no fixed address. Police say that he was charged with several offences related to the attempted robbery and was wanted on several warrants across BC.
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The second occurrence was on December 8 at approximately 3:30 pm.
Police say that a man attempted to steal clothing “worth hundreds of dollars” from the lululemon store at West 4th Avenue and Arbutus Street. When confronted by another loss prevention officer, he allegedly pulled a can of bear spray and threatened the officer before fleeing.
Shortly after, a woman who was believed to be his accomplice entered the store and attempted to steal clothing as well. The VPD attended the scene, located both suspects and arrested them.
According to law enforcement, 40-year-old Andre Goudrea and 41-year-old Patricia Dove, both Vancouver residents, were charged with several offences and remain in custody.
“Loss prevention officers sometimes have a tough job,” says Sergeant Aaron Roed, VPD. “Thieves can be unpredictable, and we never want someone to get hurt over stolen property.”
The VPD says that they recently completed a three-week project in November that targeted shoplifters in downtown Vancouver. A reported 25 arrests were made and additional projects are planned for this month.