Understanding the Walmart De-masking

Campbell River

2022-02-07 08:29 PST

File # 2022-1364

Understanding the Walmart De-masking

By now, it's unlikely that anyone in the community of Campbell River or anyone with an internet connection has not seen the video of a valiant senior de-masking a would be thief at the Walmart in Campbell river on January 29th, 2022.

Still of senior de-masking would be crook

(Open source photo still: Senior De-masking would be thief)

The civic minded individual should be commended for their bravery and initiative, and it definitely shows the level of frustration that people in the community have in relation to property crime, said Cst Maury Tyre. However, we as the police, cannot in good conscience recommend that people take matters into their own hands in events such as these, because of the inherent risks associated with physically stopping someone. As well as the obvious physical risks, there could be civil or criminal risks if the person who takes action is wrong.

Typically an immediate call to police is the best course of action and a notification to the store management so that video evidence can be saved for the event. As the victim of the crime, the store will also be needed to take part in the police investigation.

Regarding shoplifting, there are various components of a case that typically have to be met before action can be taken against an individual and the average citizen may not be entirely aware what those conditions are. Many of the pieces of evidence would actually have to be provided by the store/victim themselves and if they can’t be produced, legal action against the person may not be possible.

For store proprietors and staff the following are very important:

The De-masking of the would be thief at Walmart in Campbell River on January 29th, 2022 is currently under investigation and RCMP are asking that anyone with first hand witness knowledge in regards to the incident that have not already talked to an investigator contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.  

Released by

Cst. Maury Tyre

Media Relations Officer
Campbell River RCMP
275 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C8
Office: 250-286-6221
Cell: 250-895-1468
Fax: 250-286-3983

Email: maury.tyre@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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