Vancouver Police’s Mr. September snags piggy-bank stealing thief
Rebel may be a well-known model, but his latest actions have proved he’s more than just a handsome face.
A 2017 Vancouver Police Department K9 calendar model, Rebel hasn’t let his hobbies get in the way of his job of aiding in the arrest of a federal offender.
“Our VPD canine model isn’t sitting back and letting his modelling career stop him from catching predatory criminals, individuals that are chronic offenders and dangerous offenders [and] this is an example of that,” said Sgt. Brian Montague.
On Nov. 29, police received a report of a break-and-enter in progress at a home in Vancouver just after 10 a.m. Officers arrived on scene, found a broken rear window and called in additional resources including a K9 handler with police dog, Rebel.
Police watched as a man matching the suspect’s description left the home with a back pack. The suspect then spotted police and Rebel, and started to run away. Officers yelled to the man to stop running and he tossed the backpack, went into a full sprint and tried to escape.
The suspect was brought down by Rebel and arrested by officers. Police recovered the bag and contents thrown away by the suspect, which included jewelry, cash, electronics and personal items. Officers also found a stolen piggy bank taken from the bedroom of a small child in the home.
“So, again, Rebel [is] not only using his modelling career to help with the calendar in support of the BC Childrens’ Hospital Foundation, but helping children of crimes as well,” Montague said.
“And while this story may be kind of amusing in some ways, these crimes can be extremely traumatic for families. They can be extremely traumatic not only for everyone who lives in the house but extremely traumatic for the children that are living in the house. It is hard for many people, and especially young children, to feel safe in their own home after an incident like this.”
According to police, Hunt has a lengthy criminal record and is a federal offender, who was recently released from prison. At the time of his arrest, Hunt was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for being unlawfully at large from his halfway house.
Police were able to return all of the stolen property to the owners along with the piggy bank to the young child.