Police are trying to identify a male suspect who stole a hunting knife and then fled after being stopped by store security.

On Thursday, December 8, 2016, at approximately 2:30 p.m., officers in Central West Division responded to the Canadian Tire on Garden Street in Whitby for a theft that had just occurred. A male suspect was observed selecting a hunting knife, valued at more than $100, removing it from its packaging and concealing it in a plastic bag. He left the store without paying for the knife and was stopped by a loss prevention officer outside. As the suspect was being arrested, he handed the bag to the officer and fled on foot. The knife was recovered, but blood on the blade suggests that the suspect may have cut himself with it.

The suspect is described as male, white, 35 to 40 years old, approximately 5’6″ tall with a medium build and wearing a black winter coat and blue jeans.

Images of the suspect are attached or can be viewed at www.drps.ca under Newsroom.

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to contact Cst. Berentschot of Central West Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1836.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.