Nova Scotia

MP Rodger Cuzner stops thief at Cape Breton mall

A Nova Scotia MP got tough on crime Friday when he interrupted a media interview to chase down a duvet-stealing shoplifter near a local mall.

'I was glad I could help out,' says politician who previously rescued a beaver

Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner rescued a beaver in 2009. (The Canadian Press)

A Nova Scotia MP got tough on crime Friday when he interrupted a media interview to chase down a duvet-stealing shoplifter near a local mall.

Rodger Cuzner, the Liberal MP for Cape Breton-Canso, was talking to a Chronicle Herald reporter when he spotted a disturbance in the Mayflower Mall.

"I noticed there was some kind of ruckus at the front door," Cuzner told CBC News. "I saw an individual dart down through the parking lot." 

It was anything but a high-speed chase.- Rodger Cuzner

He suspected the man had shoplifted something, as he was hefting along two big items thought to be duvets.

"I continued the interview, but I followed the suspect — or perp — whatever you want to call him. The shoplifter," Cuzner said. "I followed him."

The MP put his car in gear and pursued the man. He noticed a plainclothes mall security guard and invited him into his car.

The guard jumped in and borrowed his phone to call 911.

"Meanwhile a Cape Breton Transit bus comes by and the guy jumps on it," Cuzner said. "The next thing was to stop the bus."

The security guard jumped out and flagged the bus down. The suspect jumped off the bus, with Cuzner and the guard in hot pursuit.

It slowed down a little when the suspected shoplifter paused to light a cigarette. That’s when Cuzner and the guard caught up with him.  

"There was a little tussle that went down a little ways. It was pretty funny — it was anything but a high-speed chase," he said.

The police turned up, cuffed the suspect and carted him off to the station.

"There was a great deal of determination on behalf of the security guard and I was glad I could help out," Cuzner said. "You don’t get him all, but he was happy to get this guy today."

In 2009, Cuzner and MP Mark Eyking rescued a beaver stranded on an Ottawa street.

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