Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Out-of-uniform off-duty cop arrests auto break-in suspect
Released by Tracy Wolbeck, Chwk RCMP UFVRD
n January 13, 2013 at approximately 5:20 AM, an off-duty RCMP officer was on the phone looking out the front window of his residence and watched as a man rode his bike into the officer's driveway, then began to break into his truck.
Despite being only in shorts, the officer left his residence in -5°C degree temperatures to confront the would-be thief.
After a lengthy struggle, the officer asked his wife, who is also an
RCMP officer, to get help. Neighbours began coming out of their homes to
assist the officers. "This area has been hit very hard with property
crime recently and the community there had a vested interest in
apprehending the suspect," said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. "Neighbours and the
community at large have a higher expectation of police officers whether
on, or off-duty. This is an example of that expectation being met. These
officers engaged the suspect despite the potential danger to
Update: The officers involved were Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth and her husband Staff Sgt. Suki Manj who is in charge of the Hope BC detachment.
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