Pictured: Mobile Security Officer & Bike Supervisor Troy Haensch with Mobile Officer Brian Phippard.
Last week, Paladin SecurityMobile Officers Troy Haensch and Brian Phippard were commended by Victoria Police for apprehending a thief who smashed the front window of the Artisan Wine Shop in downtown Victoria and ran off with bottles of wine.
As reported in the Times Colonist, Troy called police at 11:30p.m. on June 9/10 about a break-and-enter in progress after hearing glass smashing at the liquor store in the 600-block of Broughton Street, near the downtown Bay Centre, which is a Paladin Security client. According to Victoria Const. Mike Russell, the "sharp-eyed security guard" saw the suspect flee with merchandise, but when police arrived with a police dog they were unable to track the thief.
About an hour later at 12:30 a.m., Brian spotted the suspect at Pandora Avenue and Amelia Street drinking a bottle of wine and immediately notified police, who soon arrested a 37-year-old man, with charges now pending.
Cst. Lane Douglas-Hunt commended their efforts, writing; "These two Officers did a fantastic job on the night, providing a detailed description of the suspect and securing the scene until police arrived; their quick actions and continuous effort on this file...making my job much easier. Kudos to both Troy and Brian for a job well done."
Shane Wright, Operations Manager, Vancouver Island, commented; "Our Mobile Officers' response to this B&E highlights Paladin’s unrivalled security presence in the downtown core of Victoria. It is a testament to our employees, who are ethically driven people working hard in the best interest of our clients, but it also shows their desire to consistently demonstrate an aptitude to go above and beyond to benefit neighbouring community members."
"I could not be more proud of the diligence and professional communication demonstrated on this particular night by Troy and Brian," he continued, "but it is only one example of what our Mobile Division does every night to bring increased value to our clients, local police authorities and the greater community of Victoria."
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