Alleged abduction at Surrey mall was a hoax
The two men who stuffed another man into a car, prompting an RCMP investigation, were just kidding around.
Surrey RCMP sent out a release earlier this week saying they were investigating a potential abduction.
It came after a report on Saturday about three men who exited a Mercedes Benz at the Shoppers Drug Mart at Central City Shopping Centre. Two of them put the third into into the trunk of the vehicle and drove off with the man still in the trunk.
A Surrey resident advised police that she had seen media coverage of the possible abduction and believed the vehicle involved was currently parked in the 13000 block of 103A Avenue.
Police spoke to the registered owner of the car, and the alleged victim, and determined the incident was a hoax.
"Once again the assistance received from the public was crucial in advancing our investigation," says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. “Our investigators treated this case as a serious incident from the time we received the call and this ultimately lead to its successful conclusion. Unfortunately, the large amount of time and resources spent on this specific case could have been dedicated towards investigating real incidents.”