A 51-year-old Central Saanich man has been arrested after stealing a unique aquatic wheelchair and attempting to sell it at a pawn shop.
On October 17th, the suspect allegedly stole a special aquatic wheelchair valued at over $2,000 from the Gordon Head Rec Centre.
According to police, the wheelchair is part of the pool features at the facility, and allows disabled people to enjoy the pool experience.
Surveillance footage showed him using the wheelchair to exit through the front doors and then loading it into a newer model white Toyota four-door sedan, before driving away with a female accomplice.
Once this story was published, Saanich Police began receiving tips from callers who had heard of the incident through the Crime Stoppers Facebook page.
One caller stated that they had seen the wheelchair listed for sale online through a business in the City of Victoria.
Later on Wednesday afternoon, Saanich Police attended a pawn shop in Victoria, confirmed that the wheelchair had indeed been taken there, and with the help of store staff, located and arrested the suspected thief.
The 51-year-old man is now facing one count of theft under $5,000.
Meanwhile, the wheelchair will soon be returned to the recreation centre so visitors can continue to use it.