Would-be shoplifter can’t catch a break

One shoplifter it seemed just couldn't catch a break this week in Delta.

The third time was not the charm for a suspected would-be shoplifter the night of Feb. 12.

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Delta Police’s Patrol Support Team was on duty in plain clothes in North Delta, when officers spotted a man behaving suspiciously at a mall along 120th Street. The man was spotted attempting to enter a closed store, and when unsuccessful he went into another store that was open.

Police followed the man into that store and observed suspicious behaviour, then watched him exit the store. As he had not stopped to offer payment, officers believed he may have shoplifted items, and arrested him. The man was identified as being bound by conditions not to be in the store where officers spotted him. Police informed him of the next steps in the court process, and released him at scene.

About 45 minutes later, however, police spotted the same man in a different store in the area, one block south of where he’d been released. The man also had conditions not to be in that store either, and was arrested again.

“Apparently the suspect was as surprised to see the DPD officers, as they were to see him again,” said DPD in a post on their Facebook page. “Police opted not to give the man a third chance and transported him to cells to wait for his next court appearance.”

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