Thief mistaken for a rat…

Thursday afternoon, a warehouse employee mistook sounds of a copper thief for a rat.

On Thursday, Jan. 5th, 2012, an employee in the warehouse of Wolesley Mechanical, located at Blanshard street and Cloverdale avenue, heard what he thought was a rat. This is not an unusual situation in the warehouse.

The employee opened an exterior door to find a male suspect hiding in the yard. The suspect was confronted and was told that the police were being called and he fled on a bike.

The suspect is described as 5’10” tall, approximately 220lbs, wearing a brown jacket and a toque.

Investigation at the scene revealed that entry had been forced into the warehouse by prying some metal siding and removing some of the insulation. A bag of copper tubing appeared to have been readied for stealing, but was left behind.

Also left by the thief was a plastic bag including some tools used during the break-in, a set of bolt and wire cutters.

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