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Cars smashed, drivers dragged in hour-long Kitsilano crime spree

05/10/2013 05:37 EDT | Updated 07/10/2013 05:12 EDT
A 25-year-old Vancouver man is in custody after crashing his vehicle into several parked cars and then allegedly attempting three car-jackings — and even a bicycle-jacking — over the course of an hour in Kitsilano Thursday night.

Police got several calls starting at 9:40 p.m. PT about a man running off after driving into five parked cars along 1st Avenue near Arbutus Street.

Vancouver police Const. Brian Montague said more calls soon came in about the same suspect allegedly trying to steal two other vehicles, while the drivers were still inside.

"The suspect allegedly tried to drag a man out of his car at Arbutus and 3rd. He was unsuccessful at removing him or getting into the car, he then ran to Maple and 3rd where he, again, tried to drag a driver out of his car. He was again unsuccessful in that attempt," Montague said.

Police then received a call about a man attempting to steal a car from a parking lot on West Broadway at Larch Street, and then received several calls about a suspect who ran up to two women at 10th Avenue and MacDonald Street, and allegedly tried to steal their bicycles.

A police dog tracked the suspect to a backyard in the 2800 block of Waterloo Street, where after an hour of running, the man finally surrendered to police without further incident.

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