Canoe and Kayak Shop Thief goes over spillway in an attempt to escape

Thursday, 31 July 2008
The staff at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe had a bit of a scare Wednesday night. When they were closing up shop for the night, a man (later identified as James Paul Carroccio) decided to hide out in the store with plans to rob it later during the night...
The staff at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe had a bit of a scare Wednesday night. When they were closing up shop for the night, a man (later identified as James Paul Carroccio) decided to hide out in the store with plans to rob it later during the night.

He was seen when the owner came from an office downstairs and saw him trying to hide again.

The owner tried to detain the would-be burglar and was able to grab him, but Carroccio allegedly "took an offensive posture, threatening the owner by claiming he had a knife in his pocket while reaching for his pocket," Sgt. Dan Ritchie said in a news release.

Carroccio in turn chased the owner a short distance before jumping into the Deschutes River and going through the Colorado Avenue Bridge diversion dam, Ritchie said.

Officers arrived on the scene and saw Carroccio in the middle of the river, but he refused orders to get out and instead swam to the other side of the river concealing himself in the heavy brush along the banks.

A kayaker floating in the river was able to direct officers to the hiding suspect, who had pulled a shirt over his head in the brush in an effort to conceal himself.

Remember kids, a t-shirt over your head is always the best method for hiding...

More info: ktvz.com
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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