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Police not buying 'mystery shopper' excuse after attempted theft

Photo of shovel allegedly used to break display case glass.

On Aug. 16, at 11:01 a.m. Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report about a 25-year-old Trail man who attempted to steal approximately $1000 worth of items from a local store located in the 1600 block of Marcolin Drive in Trail.

The man allegedly used a shovel to smash the glass door to a display case in the electronics department before grabbing a number of high priced items from inside the case.

A store employee observed the incident and initiated an alert to other employees. The man attempted to flee the store but was detained by store employees until RCMP officers arrived and took the suspect into custody.

The man tried to convince the arresting officer that he was a mystery shopper sent to the store to test the store’s response to theft, without success.

The man will face one count of Mischief contrary to Section 140 of the Criminal Code and one count of Theft contrary to Section 334(b) of the Criminal Code and make his first appearance on November 10, 2021, in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.