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Thief caught with $3,000 in stolen tools arrested twice in one night in Port Moody

Port Moody police arrested one man twice in one night; most of the tools he stole have since been returned
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Stolen tools confiscated from thief arrested by Port Moody police.

Port Moody police (PMPD) are crediting alert citizens for helping them arrest a prolific thief earlier this week.

It appears he was determined to steal from Coronation Park residents because he was arrested twice that night and police recovered about $3,000 worth of stolen property, including several power tools.

On Tuesday (Nov. 30) just prior to midnight, PMPD officers were called to the neighbourhood after residents saw a man trying to steal from vehicles.

When police officers arrived, they saw the suspect rummaging through a car and, in an effort to stop him from more criminal activity, drove him out of the city and released him on an undertaking.

Four hours later, however, citizens in the same neighbourhood reported a suspicious man attempting to gain access into residential yards.

"Upon arrival, police located the same man who was previously arrested hours prior," stated Const. Sam Zacharias in a release.

Officers found the man was in possession of numerous stolen items, including approximately $3,000 in tools, which were seized and mostly returned.

His crime spree ended; the man is in custody waiting to be seen by a justice, Zacharias further stated.

Some of the recovered items remain unclaimed and anyone who may have been the victim of a theft that night to contact the Port Moody Police Department at 604-461-3456.