Wednesday February 8, 2012


Mounties ISO Good Samaritan

Driver thwarts thief by making citizen's arrest, then leaves before police could thank him

Released by Tammy Hollingsworth, Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD


n February 2, 2012, the Chilliwack RCMP arrested a woman for shoplifting and are now searching for a motorist who stopped to help the store clerk with the apprehension.


Shortly after 9:00 a.m. on February 2, 2012, a 32 year old Chilliwack woman allegedly stole over $425.00 worth of merchandise from the Source For Sports located at 9077 Young Road. The clerk at the store witnessed the theft and took chase after the woman.


The clerk attempted to apprehended the alleged shoplifter, however when the two fell to the ground the alleged shoplifter got up and started to run. A motorist, who witnessed what was happening, stopped his vehicle, got out and ran after the woman. He apprehended the woman and returned the backpack containing the stolen goods to the clerk. Two police officers in civilian clothing were driving by when they witnessed the incident. They stopped to help and subsequently arrested the woman.


Unfortunately, the man who stopped to help the clerk left before the police had the opportunity to speak with him.

"We are hoping the Good Samaritan will contact us so we can thank him and get further details from him," said Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth. "Although the police don't recommend store clerks attempt to apprehend a presumed shoplifter, we are thankful in this case there were no injuries, the property was recovered, and the person responsible was arrested."

Regina Carol Severight was held in custody, appeared in court on February 3, 2012, and was charged with Theft Under $5000 and Resisting Arrest. She has been released on bail with her next court appearance set for February 13th.

Police are asking for the Good Samaritan to call the Chilliwack RCMP. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


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