A security guard in his 60s was stabbed by a man wearing a purple wig at the Walmart Supercentre store in Campbell River on Tuesday morning, RCMP said.
Const. Maury Tire of the Campbell River RCMP said the incident happened around 11 a.m. on December 7 when the suspect attempted to leave the store with a basket full of unpaid items.
The security guard who tried to arrest the suspect was stabbed at least twice. Tyr said he was in serious but stable condition and should make a full recovery.
Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., the suspect was still at large.
“We are reviewing significant amounts of video and other evidence,” Tire said. “And we hope to identify and apprehend this individual fairly quickly. “
Cheeky shoplifting has become a problem in the city, the officer noted.
He said thieves are well aware of policies within local businesses that insist on not interfering with shoplifters.
The Walmart in question had no security detail for a while, he added.
“So unfortunately (shoplifters) have become very accustomed to doing what they want, when they want and how they want. “
Tire called the stabbing incident a “trouble”.
“It is very important for us to take this individual into custody and hold him accountable as quickly as possible. “
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