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.”
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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.