Vancouver mall photographers innocent: VPD

Trio cleared of any suspicion following leak of internal police bulletin, security camera photos

Leaked security camera images circulated internally to B.C. police forces of men taking photos inside Pacific Centre Mall. They have since been identified and cleared of any suspicion. Black Press has obscured their faces.

Three men who were the subject of a B.C.-wide police alert after they took photos of entrances and exits inside Vancouver’s Pacific Centre mall have been cleared of any suspicion.

“All three men were cooperative with investigators and they had a very logical explanation regarding their behaviour,” a VPD news release said Friday afternoon. “The investigation has conclusively determined that their actions were completely innocent.”

Images of the trio from security cameras inside the mall on Tuesday circulated on social media after the VPD internal bulletin to other B.C. police forces was leaked to media Thursday.

That alert described the men as “Middle Eastern looking” and their behaviour suspicious.

But the VPD didn’t intend for the images or the investigation to be made public, Chief Adam Palmer said earlier in the day while the men were still being sought, because there was no evidence of wrongdoing or risk to public safety.

“Vancouver remains a very safe city and the public should have no concerns about shopping at Pacific Centre or attending any other public place,” the VPD release said.

The alert with images was beamed out by the Real Time Intelligence Centre in Surrey to all police forces across B.C. – 10,000 officers plus civilian employees would have had access.

Just Posted

Suspected spill kills hundreds of crayfish, coho in Langley river

A fish kill in the Nicomekl has a biologist concerned for the health of the local ecosystem.

Rams harvest sweet victory in win over Huskers

The Chilliwack team found itself pushed back again and again.

WATCH: Cops for Cancer bring message of hope to Langley school

Young cancer survivors are traveling with the fundraising bike ride.

Boxing coach takes shot at Langley City council run

Dave Allison has lived downtown for years and wants to represent his neighbours.

Langley venue of glass provides bright stage for charity art show

West Fine Arts Show runs Friday to Sunday at South Langley’s Glass House Estate Winery.

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Aldergrove soccer forward enjoys scoring spree

UFV Cascades’ Jhaj named Canada West second star of the week

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by B.C. animal shelter

Organizers hope the cat election will generate attention for shelter and local municipal election

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Lower Mainland city calls for slower trains near popular beach

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said ‘it’s the least we can do’

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Most Read