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A Man Tried To Steal A Bike From An RCMP Parking Lot. He Did Not Succeed.

Kelowna RCMP Bait Bike Theft

Photo: Christian Wiediger / Unsplash

Late last week, Kelowna RCMP responded to a case of bike theft.

In an interesting turn of events, the theft occurred at an RCMP detachment. (“The call is coming from inside the house!”)

According to RCMP, 38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison tried to get through a locked pedestrian gate that leads into the RCMP parking lot. He was unable to, but then managed to sneak in when a car exited the gate.

Harbison then made his way over to the bike compound, grabbed one of the bikes, and began to flee.

An officer watched it all unfold from a second-floor window. (This is straight out of an action-comedy.)

Harbison was immediately stopped by officers.

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According to CBC News, it was a bait bike.

The RCMP said Harbison, a known bike thief, was held in police custody overnight and will face five charges.

“This brazen break-in and theft is not a common occurrence here at the Kelowna Detachment”, the RCMP said in a statement. “And the irony that Mr. Haribson would take a bait bike from the RCMP compound has won him a night in jail and more criminal charges.”

There’s a commonly-used saying in sports: “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.” In the case of this bike thief, neither was apparently present.

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