(Winners at Westshore Town Centre/Photo by Jamie W Bush - Google)

A shoplifter in Langford chose to wrap himself in tarp in an effort to hide from police.

On June 12th, Westshore Town Centre mall security contacted RCMP to report a man who had left the premises after shoplifting a pair of pink shorts from Winners.

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When a West Shore RCMP officer located him and told him he was under arrest, the suspect fled the premises, prompting more police to arrive and assist.

According to RCMP media spokesperson Cst. Nancy Saggar, the suspect had ran through a blackberry bush and entered a property located on Brittney Drive. He then proceeded to wrap himself in blue plastic tarp in an effort to evade police.

“The shape of a human body in a tarp wasn’t hard for our officer to spot,” said Cst. Saggar.

“Clearly the suspect hadn’t thought out his hiding spot given the plastic tarp and the 30 degree weather we had yesterday.”

He was taken into custody and charged with Theft Under $5,000, after police found that the shorts he was wearing still had the Winners tag on them.

He has since been released from custody and will be appearing in court at a later date.