You really can't make this stuff up. On Wednesday, April 28, the Vancouver Police Department reported that a local unknowingly asked two undercover officers to help him steal a car. The police promptly arrested the offender for trying to break into cars and breaching terms of his probation. \nVancouver Police titled their post as "Unusual request for help" on their "Crime Stories" page.\nThe police said that just after 2 a.m. on a "recent shift" two plainclothes police officers were out and about in the city when they spotted a man looking into several vehicles. \nThe officers recognized the man as a longtime "property crime offender" so they took note of him right away. \nAs the officers stood and watched, the man walked right up to them. He went on to ask the cops whether they knew how to steal a car and if they would be willing to help him do the deed.\nThe would-be offender also asked the cops for a "punch" tool to help him steal the cars. \nYou can imagine that none of these are requests that police officers typically get. They're used to being asked for help, but not being asked for help in committing crimes. \n\n View this post on Instagram Many things have come to a standstill due to COVID-19, but crime isn’t one of them. Read about an unlucky thief who was arrested after breaking in to the same apartment building twice in 24 hours at VPD.ca/crime-stories. #vpd A post shared by VancouverPD (@vancouverpd) on Apr 21, 2020 at 5:30pm PDT\n\n"He also asked if they had ever thought about robbing a jewelry store, as he had heard you get a lot of money, and he wanted some white diamonds," reads the post. \nThe officers didn't immediately apprehend the man; instead, they watched him as he made his way through the streets, looking for more accomplices. \n\nHowever, he was unsuccessful in recruiting anyone for his criminal activity.\nSoon after, the police moved to arrest this local for trying to break into five vehicles and damaging one. \nAll in all, this perp was charged with mischief and five counts of breaching his probation. \nVancouver Police said it best, "It is not unusual for people to approach VPD officers and ask for help, but asking for help to commit a crime is certainly less common."\nIt appears that it was a stroke of luck that helped the undercover officers apprehend the man before he could go on to commit some serious theft.\n\nOther reports in the "Crime Stories" page also mention some odd incidents that have occurred in the city recently. \nFrom stolen vehicles being returned to their rightful owners to people tearing doors off helicopters, it seems that our local cops are still having to be at the top of their game during these times.