PORT MOODY — For most, the thought of using a toddler as part of a crime is unimaginable.
But that’s exactly what Port Moody police allege a dad tried to do during a shoplifting attempt last week.
Police were called to the Shoppers Drug Mart on St. Johns Street last Friday (Jan. 11) after two men were allegedly spotted in the store stealing 17 bottles of perfume worth $900.
One suspect got away, but a second was caught down the street at the bus stop in front of Moody Middle School.
Police said the man brought his 17-month-old son along with him and used the child’s stroller to conceal the stolen perfume.
“It’s always disappointing whenever you see an innocent kid being dragged into this type of thing,” said Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke Van Winkel.
“Now you have a 17-month-old kid who’s had to watch his dad get arrested, who’s going to have to deal with the repercussions from this.”
The 39-year-old man from Surrey, who is known to police, was arrested, while his son was handed over the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
Charges are being sought against the man, who was not identified.
Though the second suspect got away, it may not be long before the law catches up to him.
Apparently he left behind a notebook with his name, phone number, court information and what investigators called a “shopping list” of stuff to steal — specific colognes, perfumes and medications — and a list of Shoppers Drug Mart and Safeway stores from Port Moody to Vancouver.
Police wouldn’t comment on that portion of the investigation, but Van Winkel noted there have been a lot of thefts of cosmetics across the Lower Mainland because they are quick resale items.
He also added there is no indication the child was used as a prop in other thefts, but that’s something both police and MCFD will be looking into as part of the investigation.