Senators defenceman thwarts would-be thief in Vancouver

Ottawa Senators defencemen Mark Borowiecki is being hailed as a hero after taking out an alleged thief in Vancouver on Sunday

Sens' Borowiecki prevents robbery by clotheslining thief off bike

VANCOUVER-The Vancouver police department is thanking National Hockey League player Mark Borowiecki of the Ottawa Senators for foiling an attempted theft in downtown Vancouver and safely returning the items to police.

According to Vancouver police, Borowiecki witnessed an attempted robbery in progress as a bag was taken from a vehicle on Sunday afternoon. As the suspect attempted to flee, the veteran defenseman clotheslined the thief off a bike and wrestled him to the ground.

Vancouver police confirmed that Borowiecki assisted in retrieving stolen property. He said he didn't know who the bag belonged to but wanted to get it returned because it had "passports and stuff in it" that would be hard to replace if the robber had gotten away.

No further information was available.

"We are grateful for Mark's assistance and do recommend that if anybody does witness a crime to immediately notify the Vancouver Police and to stay safe", police wrote in a statement.

The incident took place Sunday in Gastown, Chris Moore, a spokesperson for the Ottawa Senators, said in a statement.

The Senators are scheduled to play the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

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