BC man uses shovel to paddle stolen canoe into US

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St. CATHARINES, Ont. - Using a shovel for an oar, a BC man paddled a stolen canoe across the Niagara River from Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, to Youngstown, NY, early Thursday, a US border official said.

"He had a desire to go to New York City," said Border Patrol spokesman Michael Scioli.

Scioli said he stole the canoe from a residence in Niagara-on-the-Lake and ventured across the lake before border guards spotted him at about 2 a.m. trying to exit Fort Niagara State Park.

The man was arrested and charged with illegal entry into the U.S. He's currently being held at a federal detention centre.

It's believed the man took a bus from BC to Ontario before allegedly stealing the canoe early Thursday.

When the owners of the stolen canoe realized the boat was missing around 6 a.m. Thursday, they called the US Coast Guard to alert them someone might have tried to sneak into the US The man had already been arrested at that point.

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