The Port Hardy RCMP caught a shoplifting suspect who allegedly stole over $500 worth of clothing from N49 Outfitters.
On Dec. 1, staff from the local Port Hardy clothing store reported the theft to the RCMP immediately after it happened.
“Surveillance of the incident appeared to show a masked male walking around the store shoving coats under his own coat before leaving on foot,” stated Port Alice RCMP Const. Rebekah Draht via news release. “Staff not only provided the footage to the RCMP but also posted a photo of the male on their own social media account.”
According to Draht, the following day, an officer was driving downtown Port Hardy when a concerned citizen flagged him down. “The individual stated that the male shoplifter from the previous day was currently walking down the street and pointed him out,” she said. “The officer, who recognized the male in question from multiple previous police interactions, arrested the suspect for Theft Under $5000. The male was eventually released with multiple conditions and to attend court in February of 2021. Due to privacy regulations, the male’s name cannot be released at this time.”
The Port Hardy RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance.
“Without both the post from the clothing store’s social media account and the tips from the public, locating and identifying the suspect would have been much more difficult,” added Draht.
If anyone has knowledge of this crime or any other or who is responsible, please contact the Port Hardy RCMP at 250-949-6335. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit their web site at www.crimestoppers.ca. They are open 24/7. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. You do not have to give your name, address or telephone number and you do not need to testify in court. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award of up to $2000.00.