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Coast Guard assists with arrest of man who stole a water taxi in Victoria

Coast Guard officials and the Victoria police were led on a marine pursuit early this morning after a man stole a water taxi in the habour.

The Victoria Police said that the incident took place at about 3 am this morning.

<who>Photo credit: Victoria Harbour Ferry

Officers were called to the waters off the 400-block of Swift Street for a report that a man had stolen a Harbour Ferry water taxi from the dock and was travelling up the Gorge Waterway.

Police attended as the stolen Harbour Ferry water taxi changed direction toward the Inner Harbour and appeared to be attempting to flee the area.

With the assistance of a nearby Harbour Ferry supervisor of maintenance, officers boarded a separate boat and pursued the stolen Harbour Ferry water taxi.

In addition, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Cape St. James attended with Victoria police officers on board.

The officers on the boat with the Harbour Ferry staff member were able to close the distance with the stolen boat.

They spoke with the suspect and convinced him to surrender.

The officers towed the stolen Harbour Ferry water taxi and the suspect to a dock in the 900-block of Wharf Street where they arrested the suspect without further incident.

The man was transported to cells at VicPD. He faces recommended charges of theft over $5,000.

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