On August 1st, 2018, at approximately 5:30 pm, the Cranbrook RCMP received a report of a theft in progress from the Canadian Tire at the Tamarack Mall in Cranbrook, BC. One adult female was apprehended by store employees and two other adult males fled but were pursued by other store employees. Cranbrook RCMP General Duty Officers and Police Dog Service attended; along with the pursuing store employee were able to arrest the two males that were involved. No one was injured during the foot pursuit and arrests. In addition to what was stolen from Canadian Tire, other items were recovered and seized such as credit and debit cards belonging to other persons, drug use paraphernalia.
The trio from Creston will be facing a variety of charges such as Theft under, possession of stolen property, obstruction, breach probation. The 23 year old adult female and a 24 year old male were released to appear in court on a later September date while a 23 year old male from Creston is still in custody due to an extensive related history of property offences and breach of court orders.
Lee says, ‘We generally don’t encourage store employees or members of the general public to pursue criminal suspects to apprehend them but rather, if they can, follow at a safe distance after calling police so they may be able to help direct police to a suspect(s) location. In this case, the employee was fortunate not to have been injured and his assistance was certainly appreciated.”
– Submitted by Cranbrook RCMP