An employee at the Indian Craft Store put a carved mask on the store’s counter while doing inventory last Wednesday.
With her back to the counter, the employee heard a customer enter the store just after 3 p.m.
When she went to help, he had already left.
Another employee asked for the mask and they realized the customer had nabbed it.
The second employee had caught a glimpse of the customer and provided a description to police.
But the employees went the extra mile and called businesses in Whitehorse that also deal in First Nations art and merchandise.
An hour later, another store called police to tell them the suspect was trying to sell the mask.
A 38-year-old man from Carcross was arrested and is now facing charges of theft. (James Munson)