Despite what the Joker would have you believe, a bus is not always the best choice for a getaway vehicle.
Staff at a Park Royal store called police after noticing a 31-year-old man stuffing electronics into his backpack Wednesday, according to West Vancouver Police Department spokesman Const. Jeff Palmer.
The man left the store and ran around the mall to Marine Drive where a police officer caught sight of him. The man hopped onto a bus, apparently hoping to blend in with the transit passengers as the bus disappeared in traffic, according to police.
Perhaps unbeknownst to the alleged thief, urgent repairs on the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge had halted traffic and created bottlenecks across the North Shore at the time.
Officers boarded the stationary bus and arrested the suspect without incident.
WVPD is recommending charges of theft under $5,000. The man was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant related to a Vancouver Police Department theft investigation and is due in court Sept. 25.
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