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VANCOUVER: Middle Eastern men spotted filming inside Pacific Centre mall not a threat to public

Vancouver police looking for men spotted filming inside Pacific Centre mall

STEPHANIE IP, THE PROVINCE 

VANCOUVER — Three men spotted using smartphones to take photos inside a downtown Vancouver mall earlier this week have prompted security concerns and a police investigation.

Vancouver police confirmed late Thursday they were looking into the “suspicious” incident, which was first reported by local website Vancity Buzz.

Police are now asking the public to help identify the individuals.

The men were captured on security cameras inside Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

They appeared to be taking video footage and photos of the mall’s exits and entrances.

(…)The men are described as Middle Eastern-looking.

According to photos shared by Vancity Buzz, one man is seen on security footage wearing a dark-coloured jacket, beige pants, a dark-coloured hat with ear flaps, and sporting light facial hair.

A second man is seen wearing a red-and-black plaid sweater on top of a white or grey hoodie, a beige pageboy cap, and a beard.

A third man is wearing a black toque, a grey jacket with the collar flipped up, light-coloured pants, and a beard.

Pacific Centre boasts more than 100 shops, including anchor retailers such as H&M, Apple, Hudson’s Bay, and Holt Renfrew.

The mall covers three city blocks and is connected to two TransLink SkyTrain stations, servicing the Expo, Millennium and Canada lines.

Security services at the mall are contracted out to Concord Security, which is on-site 24 hours a day.

Anyone with information should contact the VPD at 604-717-3235 or call Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-8477.

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UPDATE:

Three men at Pacific Centre Mall identified

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Police have interviewed three men seen taking pictures at Pacific Centre Mall, whose images were shared online by a number of media outlets.

After that conversation, police have determined their actions were logical and there is no threat to the public.

The images of these three men circulated online after an internal police bulletin was leaked to an online news outlet. “That information, including photographs was obtained by a Vancouver news outlet via an unknown source and was not intended or authorized to be shared with the general public at this time,” says VPD Chief Adam Palmer.

The information was part of an internal police bulletin circulated amongst police officers throughout the province of BC.

All three men cooperated with police and they had a very logical explanation regarding their behaviour. The investigation determined that their actions were completely innocent.

 

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