No indication of incident related to suspected pepper spraying of child care equipment, but police will investigate: Burnaby RCMP

Police will investigate whether a mass bear incident involving teenagers in North Burnaby could be linked to the suspected pepper spraying of a local daycare playground last week.

According to Burnaby RCMP spokesperson Mike Kalanj, police were called to the Hythe Avenue and Dundas Street area at approximately 8:20 p.m. on September 23.

A group of teenagers aged 13 to 17 reported that an “unknown person” entered the house and sprayed one of the young people on a bear – but little further information was provided, it said. -he declares.

“They aren’t cooperative or say anything about anything,” Kalanj said of the teenagers.

On Reddit, one person who said he stayed in the area described a commotion:

“A well-known group of teenagers living in the area started screaming blood-curdling screams Thursday night around 8-9 p.m., screaming for help from their balconies,” the post said online. “I think they sprayed themselves with pepper spray or bear spray on a teenager’s house, the fire truck came and the cops stayed for a few hours.”

Kalanj said police visited the house where the pepper spray had been deployed “several” times since the start of the year.

He said police are now asking the neighborhood for a security video to shed light on the incident.

There is currently no indication that it is linked to the pepper spraying of playground equipment two miles away at the Puddle Splashers daycare on Frances Street, but Kalanj said police would investigate any links. possible.

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