Employee calls RCMP while chasing suspected thief

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DEER LAKE — An employee at Colemans in Deer Lake called the police while in pursuit of an alleged thief on Monday.

The call and the chase resulted in the arrest of a Rocky Harbour man on four charges from two separate incidents at the store on Sunday and Monday.

Warren Sparkes, 31, was released from custody when he appeared in provincial court in Corner Brook on Tuesday morning on two counts of theft under $5,000 and two counts of breach of probation.

At 3:10 p.m. on Monday the Deer Lake Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a call from an employee at Colemans on Pennell’s Lane stating they were following a man on foot who had just stolen two bottles of liquor from the store. The employee also indicated the man was a suspect in a theft from the day before.

Police maintained communication with the employee and dispatched a patrol car and Sparkes was later arrested.

He was identified as the suspect in the Sunday theft from in-store video cameras that captured the incident.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, Crown attorney Ed Ring told Judge Catherine Allen-Westby that he consented to Sparkes release. As conditions of his release, Sparkes must stay away from Colemans, submit a $500 personal bond, keep the peace and be of good behaviour, appear in court as required, report to the Deer Lake RCMP every Wednesday by phone and reside in Rocky Harbour.

Sparkes is due in court on Aug. 27 to answer to five other charges including breaking and entering and committing an offence, possessing property obtained by crime, two counts of failure to comply with a probation order and unlawfully possessing a break-in instrument. The latest charges will also be called on that day.

Organizations: RCMP, Deer Lake Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Rocky Harbour, Corner Brook

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