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Idling Porsche stolen from North Van auto shop, then returned

'In the policing world, nothing is unusual'
porsche cayman stolen north vancouver
Police received multiple calls about erratic driving on Tuesday that they connected to the stolen vehicle, a Porsche Cayman. | Seph Swain / Flickr Commons

Law enforcement’s task of retrieving a supercar stolen in North Vancouver was made easy because the thief returned it himself.

On Tuesday (Sept. 27), a man stole a Porsche Cayman from outside an auto shop on the 1100 block of East Third Street. According to North Van RCMP, the car was running to warm it up.

From there, the driver made his way to West Vancouver and then back to North Van. Police say they received multiple calls about an erratic driver which they connected to the suspect.

Speaking to North Shore News, RCMP Const. Mansoor Sahak said teams from North Van, West Van, the Integrated First Nations Unit and Air-1 helicopter were all engaged and successfully tracked the vehicle.

But there was no chase. The units tracked the vehicle covertly, Sahak said, until it was brought back to its original location.

There, the suspect was arrested. Charges of obstructing a police officer, prohibited driving, and theft of a motor vehicle were recommended but have not yet been laid, so details about the man have not been released. The man has been released on an appearance notice.

How strange is it that someone returns a stolen vehicle?

“It definitely is unusual that someone would do that, but in the policing world nothing is unusual,” Sahak said.

In this case, the car was just being warmed up outside an auto shop, but police advise the public to always be careful.

“You never know who might be watching your vehicle,” Sahak said. “Don’t take your chances and don’t leave your car idling unattended."

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