British Columbia

Joy ride in stolen Victoria harbour ferry ends in arrest: police

Victoria police and the Canadian Coast Guard worked together to take down the alleged thief who police say pirated a water taxi in the capital city early Tuesday morning.

Coast Guard, police work together to take down alleged thief in pirated water taxi

Victoria Harbour Ferry is a company in the capital city that offers scenic commutes on its fleet of passenger boats. In the pre-dawn dark Tuesday morning, police say a man stole one of the boats and led cops and coast guard on a marine chase. (Victoria Harbour Ferry)

A man who police say stole a Victoria harbour ferry has been arrested after cops and the coast guard had to chase the wannabe pirate through city waterways Tuesday morning.

According to a statement from the Victoria Police Department, officers were called to the waters off the 400-block of Swift Street at approximately 3 a.m. after a boat was reported stolen and heading up the Gorge Waterway.

When officers arrived on the scene, the alleged thief changed direction toward the inner harbour and appeared to be trying to flee the area.

With the assistance of a nearby harbour ferry employee, officers boarded a separate boat, took off after the stolen vessel and were able to get close enough to speak with the suspect and convince him to surrender.

The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Cape St. James brought additional VicPD officers to the scene to help.

Police say the stolen ferry and suspect were then towed to a dock in the 900-block of Wharf Street where the man was arrested.

The short-lived ride resulted in recommended charges of theft over $5,000.

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