Alleged butter thieves couldve done better in Coquitlam arrest

Two Vancouver men have egg on their face after being arrested for allegedly stealing a shopping cart full of butter worth more than $1,400.

The pair was arrested outside a supermarket in the 1300 block of Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam, just after 6:30 pm, on November 14.

Stealing a large amount of butter is a little unusual, but we see this sort of thing with similar food products, said Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin. Things like cheese, meat, and baby formula can easily be sold on the black market.

An employee actually recognized one of these suspects because he had a bit of a reputation as a butter thief, McLaughlin said. He was a bit slippery to catch but you know what they say; butter late than never.

On the other hand, he said, its possible these suspects were choosing the wrong way to get a head start on their Christmas baking.

A story by the Couriers sister publication Vancouver Is Awesome uncovered what Vancouver Police Department Const. Jason Robillard characterized at the time as a black market for stolen fromage.

Police added that the 23-year-old is also a suspect in at least three other butter thefts around Metro Vancouver in recent months.

One of the men has even made a habit out of his bias for butter, as hes a suspect in at least three other butter thefts around Metro Vancouver in recent months.

An employee actually recognized one of these suspects because he had a bit of a reputation, said McLaughlin. He was a bit slippery to catch but you know what they say; butter late than never.

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin says while the theft of a large amount of butter is a little unusual, police do see these sort of thefts with other food products like meat, cheese, and baby formula that is easily sold on black markets.

COQUITLAM, B.C. — Two Vancouver men are facing charges of theft after RCMP in Coquitlam, B.C., say they arrested the pair for allegedly stealing a shopping cart loaded with $1,400 worth of butter.

COQUITLAM, B.C. — Two Vancouver men are facing charges of theft after RCMP in Coquitlam, B.C., say they arrested the pair for allegedly stealing a shopping cart loaded with $1,400 worth of butter.

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin says while the theft of a large amount of butter is a little unusual, police do see these sort of thefts with other food products like meat, cheese, and baby formula that is easily sold on black markets.

Police say the 23-year-old man is also a suspect in at least three other butter thefts around Metro Vancouver in recent months.

McLaughlin says a store employee recognized one of the suspects because of previous incidents of theft.

McLaughlin says a store employee recognized one of the suspects because of previous incidents of theft.