Vancouver Police catch thief red-handed in break-in at Gucci downtown

A 37-year-old man is facing charges after being caught in the act by Vancouver Police on Sunday.

VPD arrested the alleged thief just after 7 a.m. on Sunday after an alert witness called 9-1-1 to report someone suspicious outside the Gucci store near Thurlow and Alberni Street.

“Police were patrolling close by and arrived on scene just as the suspect pried back a piece of plywood from a previous break-in,” said Sgt. Steve Addison on Tuesday, adding that the high-end retailer has been targeted numerous times by thieves in recent weeks, including a December 9 robbery in which several people were pepper-sprayed.

“The thief entered the store and went inside, but when he tried to leave with the stolen merchandise, he was arrested by officers who had surrounded the building.”

Taylor Marchuk was taken to jail and has now been charged with break-and-enter and possession of a break-in instrument.