Were two thieves trying to get a head start on their Christmas baking when they stole $1,400-worth of butter? Photo: Steve Karg.

Were two thieves trying to get a head start on their Christmas baking when they stole $1,400-worth of butter? Photo: Steve Karg.

Butter thieves don’t slip through police fingers

Coquitlam RCMP nab two slippery suspects

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 p.m. on Nov. 14.

“Stealing a large amount of butter is a little unusual, but we see this sort of thing with similar food products,” says Cpl. Michael McLaughlin of the Coquitlam RCMP. “Things like cheese, meat, and baby formula can easily be sold on the black market. On the other hand, it’s possible these suspects were choosing the wrong way to get a head start on their Christmas baking.”

The two men—a 23-year-old and a 25-year-old partner—are facing charges of theft under $5,000. The 23-year-old is also a suspect in at least three other butter thefts around Metro Vancouver in recent months.

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



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