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Suspected alcohol thieves attempt getaway on North Van transit bus
North Shore transit riders had an interesting morning commute Wednesday when their quiet bus ride was disrupted by two bloodied and intoxicated men.
The ordeal began at approximately 6:30 a.m. when the North Vancouver RCMP responded to a mischief complaint at the Red Robin Restaurant at 801 Marine Drive.
The attending Mounties found that a rock had been thrown through the front window of the restaurant, allowing two culprits to enter the closed business and steal "numerous" bottles of alcohol, said North Van RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong in a press release Thursday.
While officers were examining the scene, including "a smearing of fresh blood" found inside the restaurant, the Mounties received a disturbance complaint from a nearby TransLink bus, De Jong said.
The bus driver told police that two apparently drunk men with bleeding wounds had boarded the bus and were bothering passengers while openly drinking alcohol.
Speaking to The Outlook on Thursday, De Jong said the driver stopped the bus on Marine Drive near Bewicke and Fell avenues, feeling it was unsafe to continue.
Police attended the scene at 7 a.m. and arrested two 25-year-old men from Surrey on suspicion of break and enter, theft and possession of stolen property.
The two men are known to police in both Surrey and North Vancouver and will be remanded in custody until they answer the charges in North Vancouver court, De Jong said.