Civilians, Comox Valley RCMP and a police dog all aided in the capture of a suspected thief and wanted man Friday.
Around noon, the Comox Valley RCMP responded to a call for assistance at the Buckley Bay Petro-Canada.
Two male employees were attempting to deal with a man who was believed to be involved in a theft from the store a few days earlier when an altercation ensued.
The man fled Friday into some nearby six-foot-tall blackberry bushes.
The man refused to surrender to the RCMP and the police dog service assisted in retrieving the man from the thick and thorny bushes.
The man was transported to St. Joe’s Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained while struggling with the foliage and the police dog.
The male was later released from the hospital into police custody.
Kory Ryder Horwood, 31, has been remanded in custody to deal with an outstanding warrant for an assault out of the Oceanside (Parksville) detachment and faces possible new charges out of the Comox Valley.
— Comox Valley Record/Black Press