Agile thief hid in ceilings to burglarize stores after they closed (VIDEO)

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Most of us just imagine what it would be like to run around a store after closing hours and all the workers had gone home, but one North Vancouver man actually made that his m.o. for burglary.

Shane Davidson has been found guilty of a handful of property crime offences, the North Vancouver RCMP announced Wednesday. He was convicted January 18, 2019, of three counts of burglary, one count of assault, and one count of theft under $5000.

One of the access points Davidson used. Photo via North Vancouver RCMP

Davidson was able to pull off his after hours thievery by entering the stores during business hours, then making his way into the ceiling and waiting until everyone was gone for the night. Once he came out of hiding he “searched for cash, clothing, and other valuables, and then broke out.”

During one incident, Davidson was caught by an employee entering the cash room at about 5 in the morning. She screamed, and Davidson physically assaulted her before fleeing.

Surveillance video aided authorities in investigating the crimes and identifying Davidson.

A judge remanded Mr. Davidson until his sentencing hearing on April 29, 2019 at the Vancouver law courts. He has been in custody since May 2018.

Here’s some footage of Davidson during one of his burglaries.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where SHE (look no typo!) earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com