For the second time in a month, Port Moody police are asking for the public's help in catching a perfume pilferer.
Police said the suspect stole $200 worth of perfume from the Shoppers Drug Mart on St. Johns Street back on Dec.
But when the store's loss prevention officer tried to stop the man, he pulled out a hypodermic syringe and threatened to stab the employee.
The thief eventually fled toward the train tracks north of St. Johns.
Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke Van Winkel said the employee did the right thing by letting the man go.
"It is an unfortunate reality that there are people out there carrying weapons who are going to harm someone who tries to stop them from carrying out the crime they're engaged in," he told The NOW.
"No one should have a hypodermic needle pulled on them and the threat of not only injury, but disease and all the other things that come with intravenous drug use."
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his 50s weighing 170 pounds.
He has longer grey hair in a ponytail and sores on his face.
He was wearing a beige baseball cap, a black Adidas backpack, a green/grey jacket and white pants.
Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to contact the Port Moody Police Department at 604461-3456.
That incident was the second in a couple of weeks where the store was the target of perfume thieves.
Police arrested one of two men for shoplifting $900 worth of perfume from the same store back on Jan. 11.
In that instance, the thief hid the stolen goods in his 17-month-old child's stroller.
A second suspect managed to get away.
Van Winkel noted there have been a lot of thefts from Shoppers Drug Marts around the Lower Mainland.
MAN BRAGS ABOUT BEING WANTED BY COPS
It's a case of loose lips sinking ships for one Port Coquitlam crook.
Transit Police arrested a man Monday after he was overheard boasting about being wanted by the cops.
Police said they were approached by a witness at the Commercial Drive SkyTrain station in Vancouver who had overheard an "interesting" conversation.
The suspect had allegedly told another person he was wanted on warrants by the Vancouver Police Department and was heading downtown to steal a car. The witness provided a good description of the suspect to officers, who quickly arrested him at the station.
Not only was the man riding transit without a fare, he did indeed have an outstanding warrant for two mischief offenses dating back to October 2012.
Justin Douglas Charles Butters, 24, was arrested and made his first court appearance on Tuesday.
He was released on conditions and is due back in court March 8.
Transit Police are commending the witness for his "quick action" and the "excellent information" provided.
RCMP LOOK FOR WITNESSES TO ATTEMPTED PURSE SNATCHING
Coquitlam Mounties are appealing for a very specific witness to come forward in a botched robbery attempt last weekend.
Police said two 20-year-old victims were walking south on Linton Street near Austin Avenue around 7 p.m. on Feb. 3, when they noticed three men behind them.
They tried walking at different paces, but it became obvious they were being followed.
The victims started to run, but the suspects gave chase, eventually catching up and attempting to steal a purse.
The victims fought back and the men fled when they saw a white or light coloured car drive by.
"We are very interested in talking to witnesses of this incident, especially the person who drove by in a 'white car,'" said RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung in a statement.
"If you saw a group of people appearing to be in a fight or struggle near Linton and Austin on Sunday evening, we urge you to call us."
Police gave a description for one of the suspects, who is described as a dark skinned, possibly South Asian man in his mid 20s.
He is about six feet tall with a medium build, dark hair and beard.
The suspect was wearing a black baseball hat, black sweater and black pants.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2013-3145.