Suspect spotted in parking lot

A man was arrested after he was spotted skulking around vehicles at a shopping centre.

A keen-eyed observer led to police arresting a man breaking into vehicles at a Langley shopping mall on Friday, Feb. 1.

Langley RCMP was called to a parking lot at the intersection of 200 Street and the Langley Bypass for a report of a suspicious man skulking around and in between the vehicles, said Cpl. Holly Marks. The caller said the suspect appeared to have a tool in his hand.

Officers arrived to find a man matching the description provided, walking through the parking lot.  Once the suspect caught sight of the officers, he threw something into the bush and began running.

After a short foot pursuit, the man was apprehended and arrested. A 30-year-old from Surrey was released to appear in court later this year.

A wallet and a pair of scissors were located in the bush, said Marks. The wallet was returned to its rightful owner.

Langley RCMP is thankful for the assistance of the public in keeping the community safe.

“We encourage you to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to police. To quote Sir Robert Peel, ‘The police are the public and the public are the police.’”