Senators defenceman thwarts would-be thief in Vancouver

Ottawa Senators' Mark Borowiecki, middle, takes part in training camp in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki goes by the nickname “Boro Cop” among teammates, and on Sunday he earned the moniker.

According to TSN 1200, Borowiecki witnessed someone breaking in to a car in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Gastown and confronted the individual, who was on a bike. Borowiecki managed to wrestle the person to the ground and retrieved a bag they had allegedly stolen from the car.

In a statement to, Vancouver Police confirmed the incident.

“Vancouver Police are investigating a report of a theft from auto in which the witness, Mark Borowiecki, did assist in retrieving the stolen property and notifying the (Vancouver Police Department],” the statement reads. 

“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.”

The Senators play against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

“I was thankful I was there.”

“Boro Cop” describes his run-in with a thief in Vancouver.

— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) December 3, 2019

Mark Borowiecki is returning calls from Vancouver police who require his statement after he foiled a robbery yesterday by clothes lining a guy on a bike who had stolen a bag. He then wrestled him down and retrieved the bag.

— TSN 1200 (@TSN1200) December 2, 2019