Cops: Fleeing Thief Tries to Ride Ice Floe to Freedom

She also allegedly started a fire on her ice raft
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2016 4:25 PM CDT
Cops: Fleeing Thief Tries to Ride Ice Floe to Freedom
Ice floe: Canadian for getaway car   (Shutterstock)

File this under "only in Canada." A suspected thief had the Royal Canadian Mounted Police hot on her heels when she allegedly used an ice floe as a getaway vehicle Sunday in British Columbia, the CBC reports. Police say 25-year-old Philicity Lafrenier drove a stolen pickup truck to the frigid Nechako River and jumped onto the ice floe after a homeowner interrupted her mid-burglary. Police caught up with her more than a mile downriver, with the ice floe nearly stopped only feet from the shore, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Police say Lafrenier had started a fire on the ice floe, possibly in an attempt to burn evidence. She was apprehended by an officer and police dog with the help of some local boaters. "It's definitely a first. It's something we've never come across and probably never will again in our careers," a police spokesperson tells CBC. "We just shake our heads." Lafrenier has been charged with multiple crimes, including breaking and entering and resisting arrest. (More weird crimes stories.)

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