The crime-fighting of Chilliwack teens dressed as comic-book heroes has hit a snag as the RCMP have apparently scooped their costumes as part of a crime investigation.
“We want to let everyone know that we want to continue to expose these men whom are on the prowl for underage children,” one of the teens writes on their To Troll A Predator Facebook page.
But it seems the RCMP seized the costumes shortly after the teens had lured a man to a Chilliwack restaurant on Dec. 4 with promises of sex from a fictional 15-year-old girl.
“Keep in mind we never even confronted this pedo in the suits,” the teenage crime fighter writes, but an RCMP commissioner later told him the costumes would not be returned for several months because they are part of the crime investigation.
A police officer in the parking lot on Dec. 4 intervened and took the 24-year-old suspect away in a squad car before he was confronted by the teens and video-taped for all to see on YouTube.
Chilliwack RCMP media officers could not immediately comment on the alleged seizure of the costumes.
However, police officials are on record saying they do not condone vigilantism, and have warned the caped crusaders they are placing themselves in danger.
Police also say online predators already under investigation could evade capture and conviction because of the teens’ well-intentioned but misguided efforts.