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Update: Police Asking for Assistance to Identify Mall Thief

18-2469

Release Date: January 24, 2018

18-2469

 

On January 19, 2018 Kingston Police issued a media release in regards to the theft of a shopping bag with recently purchased merchandise. The release and an image of the suspect was posted to social media.

 

On January 23, 2018 the suspect attended police headquarters to turn himself. The merchandise was safely returned to the owner who then elected not to proceed with charges.

 

The incident drew some discussion on social media as to whether or not simply taking the apparently abandoned bag was a theft. Kingston Police wish to advise that it was in fact a theft, for these reasons:

 

  • The property was not intentionally abandoned, it was misplaced;
  • the property had a rightful owner;
  • the suspect had no colour of right to the property;
  • and the property was taken with the intent to deprive the owner.

 

Theft

·       322 (1) Every one commits theft who fraudulently and without colour of right takes, or fraudulently and without colour of right converts to his use or to the use of another person, anything, whether animate or inanimate, with intent

o   (a) to deprive, temporarily or absolutely, the owner of it, or a person who has a special property or interest in it, of the thing or of his property or interest in it;

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Release Date: January 19, 2018

 

On January 17, 2018 at approximately 5:45 p.m. the complainant was shopping at the Cataraqui Mall. By mistake the complainant left a bag containing a Boathouse hoodie and a pair of earrings on a bench. When he returned the bag was gone. The theft was captured on surveillance video and the suspect was seen leaving the mall though the south exit. 

 

Please view the attached photos and anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Joanne Geikie at 613-549-4660 ext. 6307 or via email at jgeikie@kingstonpolice.ca.

 

You can also provide tips anonymously via:

 

  • By calling our general number 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to be anonymous
  • By calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)