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By Chelsea / Wednesday 27 February 2013 22:39 / United States - Aurora
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Similar thing happened to my neighbor. The guy was homeless and was trying to steal his bike. My neighbor did a citizens arrest but would have knocked the crap out of the thief, if he wasn't a teacher.

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I don't know what nationality OP is, but in Canada I think you can only do a citizen's arrest when you find someone committing an indictable (more serious than bike theft) offence, or they're being "freshly pursued" by lawful authority.

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Well, S.494 of the Criminal Code states that; "Any one may arrest without a warrant (a) a person whom he finds committing an indictable offence; OR (b) a person who, on reasonable grounds, he believes (i) has committed a criminal offence AND (ii) is escaping from and freshly pursued by persons who have lawful authority." So, in this case, yes, it does have to be an indictable offence.

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