Suspected thief started ‘throwing items’ after being tackled by Colwood security guard

Suspected thief started 'throwing items' after being tackled by Colwood security guard

West Shore RCMP say a security guard in Colwood tackled a man caught checking car doors in a parking lot.

It’s just latest suspected crime that the West Shore RCMP has had to deal with on Wale Road area of Colwood, having made multiple arrests within days of each other.

According to West Shore RCMP, a Colwood security guard sprung into action on Friday, May 1, and tackled a man who was caught checking vehicle doors in a parking lot in the 300 block of Wale Road.

The security guard called the West Shore RCMP for help, and officers arrived to find the guard holding down the suspect.

Once caught, the male suspect started to throw items into the grass, including credit cards, driver’s licences, and other identity cards, according to West Shore RCMP, who say they seized the discarded items and arrested the man for mischief and theft.

“We want to thank the security guard for calling us right away. If you are out and see something suspicious call us right away,” said Const. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer.

The investigation is ongoing and although West are thankful for the tip, they are warning the public about detaining a suspect themselves.

“The security guard was not injured in this case, however, we don’t recommend anyone physically engaging with a suspect as this could be dangerous,” explained Saggar.

This was not the only unexpected arrest to take place near Wale Road for the West Shore RCMP this week.

According to police, a West Shore RCMP Frontline officer pulled over a man riding a bicycle without a helmet on the sidewalk of the Island Highway near Wale Road in Colwood on April 29.

Riding on the sidewalk and riding without a helmet are both violations of the province’s Motor Vehicle Act.

West Shore RCMP say the officer stopped the man to talk to him about the rules of the road when the officer realized the cyclist had a pocket knife clipped to his pant pocket even though he was not allowed to carry any knives on him due to existing “court conditions” that had been placed on him.

The man was arrested, and a further search of his backpack revealed a collection of weapons, including more knives as well as a fake handgun. West Shore RCMP say the officer also found seven grams of methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia.

Charges other than the violation tickets for not wearing a helmet and riding on the sidewalk are forthcoming, according to West Shore RCMP, who say the man was arrested for breaching court conditions and possession of a controlled substance.

Also in the Colwood near Wale Road, a drug dealer called the police after his drugs were stolen at a bus stop earlier this week.

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