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Good Samaritans help cops collar criminal
A man is in custody after a team of Good Samaritans tackled a burglar outside a downtown Kamloops business.
Kamloops RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said Mounties received a number of 911 calls at about midnight on Friday, Aug. 30, about a man smashing the glass storefront of a business in the 400-block of Victoria Street.
“The person was able to get into the shop and searched the shop till and counters,” he said.
Investigators believe the man then left the shop through the broken window and began running down Victoria Street.
“He was in full flight when members of the public that had witnessed the crime tackled him to the ground,” Ward said.
The burglar was able to get back to his feet and began running again, with the Good Samaritans giving chase.
Ward said the suspect ran into a parking lot, where police were waiting for him with open handcuffs.
“This event went well, but the RCMP wants to point out when people are cornered and fleeing, they may be desperate to the point that they use violence to escape with innocent people being hurt,” he said.
“The police never want to see it turn bad for the general public.”
Ward said the best course of action is for members of the public to keep a safe distance when witnessing a crime and report what they see to police.
The investigation into the burglary is ongoing.