On the run: Mountie chases shoplifting suspect over four fences

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A 24-year-old who allegedly led Langley police on a frantic foot chase was due to appear in court Monday over a Dec. 12 incident that saw a determined Mountie pursue a shoplifting suspect over several obstacles.

Langley RCMP said they were called by the loss prevention officer at Winners on the Langley Bypass shortly after 7:30 p.m., after someone was spotted putting on multiple layers of clothing.

When the suspect emerged from the store after about an hour, officers were waiting and the chase was on.

The shoplifter took off running, followed by a Mountie.

For nearly 15 minutes the two ran across streets, through ditches, in and out of water, and over at least four fences.

At one point, the officer managed to grab the suspect's arm through the third fence, but the suspect managed to slip away by taking off one of the shirts he was wearing.

Robert William Duncan of no fixed address was to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on a number of charges, including theft under $5,000 and obstructing a peace officer.

Police said Duncan was also wanted on two separate warrants for arrest and bound by three separate probation orders, two of which banned him from the Winners store.


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