Agile thief hid in ceilings to burglarize stores after they closed (VIDEO) – Vancouver Is Awesome

Agile thief hid in ceilings to burglarize stores after they closed (VIDEO) - Vancouver Is Awesome
North Van burglar who hid in store ceilings found guilty of property crimes
Shane Davidson was convicted in January of three counts of burglary, one count of assault and one count of theft under $5,000, according to RCMP.

RCMP say he entered stores during business hours, made his way into the ceiling and then hid there, sometimes for hours, until the store closed.

When the employee screamed in shock, police say Mr. Davidson physically assaulted her before he took off running. RCMP recommended charges in February 2018, two of them under a less-commonly used section of the Criminal Code – breaking out of a place after committing an offence while inside.  "The surveillance video made it pretty easy," said Sgt. DeVries. "Prolific offenders are really well known to us. We know how they operate, where they tend to commit crimes and what they look like. One good screen-grab can get us a long way towards making a positive ID." Davidson has a sentencing hearing on April 29, 2019 at the Vancouver law courts. He has been in custody since May 2018.

Once the business was empty, he would cut his way out of the ceiling, grab any valuables and break out of the business.

Shane Davidson was convicted in January of three counts of burglary, one count of assault and one count of theft under $5,000. In a recent North Vancouver RCMP press release, police say Davidson entered stores during business hours, made his way into the ceiling and then hid there, sometimes for hours, until the store closed. Once everyone had left for the night he cut his way out of the ceiling, searched for cash, clothing and other valuables, and then broke out. Davidson was eventually caught in the act by an employee due to a miscalculation.

In one frightening encounter, he came across an employee in the cash room of a business at around 5 a.m.

“An employee walked into the cash room around 5 a.m,” said North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries in a statement.

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Police recommended charges last February, two of them under a less commonly used section of the criminal code: breaking out of a place after committing an offence while inside.

A judge has remanded Davidson until his sentencing hearing on April 29 at the Vancouver law courts. He has been in custody since May.

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Authorities were eventually able to identify and catch him with help from surveillance video. Davidson has since been convicted on five counts, including assault, theft under $5,000 and multiple burglary charges.

A North Vancouver burglar who hid in store ceilings until businesses closed in order to steal valuables has been found guilty of a number of property crimes.

Given the unusual circumstances of the crimes, police said they recommended charges of "breaking out," which come from a lesser used section of the Criminal Code.

According to North Vancouver RCMP, Shane Davidson was convicted on January 18, 2019, of three counts of burglary, one count of assault, and one count of theft under $5000.

According to the RCMP, Shane Davidson managed to go undetected by somehow making his way into the ceilings and waiting – sometimes for hours on end.

Davidson entered stores during business hours and somehow managed to make his way to the ceiling where he would hide for hours until the store closed.

An employee walked into the cash room around 5 am, said Sgt. Peter DeVries, of the North Vancouver RCMP.

A North Vancouver man who would hide in stores so he could loot them after workers went home has been convicted on several charges.

In February 2018, RCMP recommended a charge under S. 348(1)(c) of the Criminal Code — breaking out of a place after committing an offence while inside.

"There he was, standing in the dark. Imagine how terrifying that was for her," Sgt. Peter DeVries said in a statement.

The surveillance video made it pretty easy, said DeVries. Prolific offenders are really well known to us. We know how they operate, where they tend to commit crimes, and what they look like. One good screengrab can get us a long way towards making a positive ID.

Davidsons sentence hearing is scheduled for April 29, 2019. He has been in custody since May 2018.