Grande Prairie man charged after bear-spraying during Canadian Tire theft attempt

The Canadian Tire in Grande Prairie. Photo by Erica Fisher/2DayFM Grande Prairie

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — A Grande Prairie man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted a theft from Canadian Tire and bear-sprayed a store employee and bystander after he was caught.

Cpl. Shawn Graham said that the RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 call from the local Canadian Tire hardware store at around 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, police discovered a man being restrained by another man. Police learned that the man being detained had attempted to steal from the store and was then pursued by an employee and a bystander.

During the altercation, the suspect bear-sprayed both men, causing them to sustain minor injuries. A search of the suspect revealed a can of bear spray, brass knuckles, and what is believed to be a small amount of cocaine.

22 year-old Macauley Boivin of Grande Prairie has been charged with nine offences, including three counts of failing to comply with a recognizance, and two counts each of assault with a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Boivin is set to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Monday, March 5th.