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.

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

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.

“After a short foot chase the 26-year-old Williams Lake man was arrested,” said Cpl. Madonna Saunderson. “Through investigation it was discovered that the male did not have a knife as originally reported and that his behaviour was medically related and not criminal in nature.”

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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.

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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.