Anti-masker accused of shoplifting, threatening employee with baton

Feb 9 2021, 10:32 am

A man accused of shoplifting was arrested in Vancouver after he allegedly pulled a baton on a grocery store worker who asked him to put on a mask.

According to the VPD, the incident took place this past Friday at a grocery store on Robson Street.

The 20-year-old victim was working around 5 pm when he noticed a shopper walking around without a mask.

“When the worker asked the man to cover up, he became angry and threatened to assault the staff member,” police said. “He then grabbed an apple and left without paying.”

The worker followed the man outside, at which point the man allegedly “pulled out a baton and charged at him” before fleeing the area prior to police arrival.

Police managed to locate the suspect later that night as he was allegedly trying to break into a locked compound in a mall parkade.

The 28-year-old man is now charged with robbery, break and enter, and possession of break-in tools.