Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Hanes Detained

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 -5C 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 themselves."

Uniformed officers arrived and arrested the 25-year-old man from Chilliwack. The man has been released and will appear in court in February. Both officers suffered frost-bite to their feet due to the cold and the male officer is suffering from severely pulled back muscles. The officers would like to thank the neighbours who also put themselves in harms way by assisting them. The location of the incident will not be disclosed in an effort to protect the officers involved.

Last month, another off-duty officer in Chilliwack engaged and apprehended a man he found committing a property offense.

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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