Loss prevention officer stabbed by shoplifter

A loss prevention officer was stabbed in the leg while trying to thwart a shoplifting attempt Friday afternoon.

An employee of a store in the Eagle Landing Parkway shopping plaza was stabbed in the leg Friday while trying to thwart a shoplifter.

Just before 4 p.m. two loss-prevention officers were trying to stop the shoplifter when he allegedly pulled out a knife.

Despite being stabbed, the victim and his colleague were able to hold the shoplifter until police arrived. The victim was then hurried off to hospital for treatment of a minor non-life threatening injury.

β€œWe are thankful that the loss prevention officer did not sustain life threatening injuries in this matter,” said Chilliwack RCMP Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen. β€œLaw enforcement at all levels poses inherent safety issues.”

Meanwhile, 42 year old Maple Ridge native Shane Garret Appleby was arrested and faces three charges including assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and theft under $5,000.

Appleby was also sought by North Vancouver police on an outstanding warrant for a different charge of theft.

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