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Arrest made after 'window-smashing spree' in Vancouver's West End: police

A 50-year-old man is in police custody
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Vancouver police have arrested a man suspected in dozens of mischief cases.

A man suspected in dozens of mischief cases in downtown Vancouver has been arrested by police.

The 50-year-old suspect was arrested after he allegedly went on a window-smashing spree Wednesday, Nov. 3, according to the Vancouver Police Department. Officers were called in the afternoon after a man threw a rock through a Davie Street storefront.

Witnesses called police and kept eyes on the suspect while waiting for police to arrive. Police were able to arrest the man, who was familiar to them.

That's partly because it was the second time that day he was arrested.

Police had cuffed him earlier in the day for smashing a business's window at Robson and Bute streets.

After the second arrest he was taken to jail; police are now investigating if he has any links to previous reports of mischief in the downtown core. As of Nov. 4 he is in police custody and waiting to see a judge.

"Since August, Vancouver Police have received, on average, 11 reports each week from business owners in the downtown core who have had their storefront windows smashed. 35 per cent of all reported mischiefs in the area now involve broken windows," police in a press release.

It's estimated the damage he caused smashing windows will cost thousands of dollars to repair.

After the witnesses were able to help in this case police are reminding people to call 911 if they believe they're watching a crime in progress.