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Alleged mask thief cuts hands of loss prevention officers during his escape

The man was spotted allegedly concealing packages of face masks at an East Vancouver retail store
On Monday, Vancouver police arrested a man who allegedly stole packages of face masks from an East Vancouver store.

Face masks are apparently becoming so valuable they are being stolen off Vancouver shelves.

According to a release from the Vancouver Police Department, on Monday evening a man walked into an East Vancouver retail store and picked up some packages of face masks. Two loss prevention officers in the store saw him allegedly conceal the masks and attempt to walk out, neglecting to pay for the masks.

The release goes to state that when officers confronted the alleged thief, he cut each of their hands with a sharp object and fled the store.

A few hours later, a VPD municipal police officer spotted the suspect. He was then arrested for theft, and assault with a weapon, and taken to jail.

The two loss prevention officers’ injuries were minor and did not require hospital treatment.