Police find alleged car burglar locked in trunk
An 18-year-old North Vancouver man is in custody after allegedly breaking into a car and locking himself in the trunk.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. Monday, the North Vancouver RCMP were alerted to a possible theft from a vehicle in the 300 block of West 5th Street in the City of North Vancouver.
When officers arrived, the complainant advised police that a man had broken into a vehicle and may still be inside. Officers approached the car and found a side window smashed out but no suspect in sight.
The Mounties used a police dog to try to track the suspect but were somehow unable to pick up the trail of the suspect who remained at the scene, according to North Vancouver RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong.
The vehicle's owner arrived on-scene shortly thereafter and opened up the trunk at the request of an officer.
To the surprise of police and the owner, an 18-year-old man was found hiding in the trunk and was quickly arrested. The unidentified man will appear in North Vancouver provincial court on charges of mischief and possession of break and enter instruments, De Jong said.
“It’s seldom that a suspect remains that close to the scene of the crime”, said De Jong. “I don’t think he expected to get locked in the trunk nor be greeted by police when it did open.”