A grizzly escape; flush with charges

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British Columbia: Police continue to search for a 30-year-old man who allegedly doused four staff members at a Real Canadian Superstore with bear spray in early June. Police say the man, who attempted to pay with a fake gift card, was being removed from the store by security when he pulled out the can.

While investigating the theft of equipment from Tap Energy in Leduc County, the RCMP stumbled upon an Edmonton police badge and jacket in an Edmonton home. About $100,000 worth of property was seized and two people were charged with possession of stolen property. Neither of the accused are Edmonton cops.

Manitoba: A 15-year-old Winnipeg boy was arrested at home after he argued with his friends and allegedly fired shots at them. He has been charged with aggravated assault, four counts of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and a litany of other firearm-related charges from four gun-related incidents during a one-week period.

Ontario: An Ottawa man was charged with stealing flushing mechanisms from washrooms in health centres, restaurants, malls and other buildings. Police believe the accused has been stealing the plumbing parts since January. He was charged with 24 counts each of theft under $5,000, mischief under $5,000 and breach of probation.

Quebec: Tapis Oriental Tehran, a Montreal carpet store, was torched in early June, three weeks after a similar attack on another carpet retailer in the metropolitan area. The first caused an estimated $75,000 in damages. The more recent fire was one of five suspected arsons—including a paint company, two restaurants and a café—in two days.

New Brunswick: The RCMP arrested the operator of a sailboat at the Shediac Bay Yacht Club and Marina on suspicion of impaired operation of a vessel, after receiving a tip about the boat’s “erratic operation.”