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Shoplifter Brings Toddler Son To Port Moody Theft

01/16/2013 05:21 EST | Updated 03/18/2013 05:12 EDT
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Police in B.C. are reporting a certified parenting fail, after a man was arrested for shoplifting in the company of his 17-month-old son.

Police were called to a Shoppers Drug Mart in Port Moody on Friday after two men stole 17 bottles of perfume, worth more than $900.

Officers caught one man a few blocks away near Moody Middle School, said a police news release on Tuesday. The Surrey man, 39, was with his son and had used the child's stroller to hide the stolen property. Charges are pending.

The toddler was moved to the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The second suspect got away — but he left a notebook with his name, phone number, court information and an apparent "shopping list" of specific colognes, perfumes, and medications to steal. The notebook also included a list of Shoppers Drug Mart and Safeway stores in the Lower Mainland, said police.

Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke Van Winkel said cosmetics are a popular item for thieves because of their quick resale, reported The Province.

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