A man who caught a thief in action has received a commendation from the Abbotsford Police Board.
Jasbir Singh Kooner was recognized with a certificate of appreciation during the board meeting on Tuesday.
Kooner arrived at his workplace at about 6:40 a.m. on March 6, 2014 and, as he entered the main automotive garage area, he saw a person running away and realized that a break-in had occurred.
Kooner saw the thief run to a hole that had been punched out of the lower panel of one of the garage doors at the back of the workshop, and immediately opened the bay door and chased after the culprit.
He chased the suspect down a catwalk, between several buildings and around numerous businesses.
After running several blocks, the thief dropped the duffel bag he was carrying and continued to run away. The bag contained several pieces of equipment – valued at more than $10,000 – recently purchased by Kooner’s workplace.
Kooner lost sight of the robber, but called 911 and provided police with a detailed description.
Officers were immediately dispatched to the area and were quickly able to locate the thief and arrest him.
The man is now before the courts on several charges.
“Your keen observation, clear thinking and quick response proved to be invaluable in allowing the police members to locate and arrest the thief,” Mayor Henry Braun said in presenting the commendation to Kooner.