Crime scenes are hard enough to reconstruct when they are not tampered with. Usually, the tampering is done by suspects or curious bystanders. Less common are cases of police corruption. Rarer still, a crow who happens to be a local celebrity steals evidence and attempts to fly off with it.
Canuck the crow, Vancouver’s most notorious bird, is being accused of flying away with a knife from a crime scene.
The crow has quite a reputation in Vancouver and its antics are regularly chronicled on social media, including a dedicated Facebook page that has a profile photo of the bird holding a knife in its beak.
Earlier on Tuesday, police had shot a man near Hastings and Cassiar streets. They were called to the scene of a car engulfed in flames. When they arrived, police said, they were confronted by a man with a knife.
Shots were fired and the man was arrested.
Vancouver Courier reporter Mike Howell said he saw the bird — which had a red tag on its leg as does Canuck — swoop in and pick up an object from inside an area cordoned off by police tape.
“A cop chased it for about 15 to 20 feet, and then the crow dropped it and took off,” Howell told CBC.
“It was really strange. In my 20-plus years reporting from crime scenes, I’ve never seen anything like that crow trying to take a knife.”
The knife was eventually recovered, and the knife-wielding man taken into custody.
This isn’t the first time Canuck has caused residents to cry fowl. He reportedly attacked a cyclist last year, and has stolen keys and attempted to abscond with photography equipment as well.