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Pictures, video of suspect wanted in attempted theft of seaplane in Vancouver released

Last Updated Feb 26, 2020 at 4:52 pm PDT

Vancouver police have released images of the person they believe broke into the Harbour Air seaplane terminal last week and tried to steal a seaplane. (Courtesy Vancouver Police)
Summary

Police have released pictures and video of the person they say may have broken into and tried to steal a float plane

The suspect apparently broke into the Harbour Air facility and then into one of the planes docked there

The man tried to take off, police say, but was unsuccessful; the plane crashed into several other aircraft at the dock

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver police have released images of the person they believe broke into the Harbour Air seaplane terminal last week and tried to steal a seaplane.

Three planes were damaged after the suspect managed to get into a Seair float plane early Friday morning after breaking into the facility at the harbour around 3:30 a.m.. No one was hurt, but a number of passengers were forced to head to Vancouver International Airport due to damage.

“This was a very unique scenario and one our members don’t see every day,” VPD Constable Tania Visintin said in a release.  “This was a very dangerous situation and we are thankful that no one was injured.”

Three seaplanes were damaged after a suspect apparently tried to steal one early in the morning on Friday, Feb. 21, crashing it. No arrests have been made. (Greg Harper, CityNews Vancouver)

The man apparently tried to take off while in the float plane, but was unsuccessful and instead crashed into several other aircraft that were docked at the terminal. Witnesses have said they spotted a man running away from the area at the time.

The suspect is described as a man in his 40s who is about 5’10” tall with an average build. He has short brown hair, a slightly receding hairline, and what police describe as a pronounced brow ridge.

He was wearing a long-sleeved red zip-up sweater at the time of the incident, along with dark pants and dress shoes.

Police say it’s believed the suspect has “working knowledge of planes” and are urging anyone in the aviation community as well as the public to contact the VPD if they recognize the suspect.

You can reach out to detectives with any information at 604.717.0610. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 to remain anonymous.