Metro file photo A McDonald's restaurant sign.

A 44-year-old Dartmouth man was arrested after police say he was caught masturbating in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Dartmouth.

The call came into police at 8:15 a.m. with the man allegedly masturbating in his vehicle at the McDonald’s on Main Street. Witnesses provided police with a description of the man, along with the vehicle license plate. He was eventually arrested at his home in Dartmouth.

Const. Pierre Bourdages of the Halifax Regional Police said the incident is concerning, “especially when you talk about a restaurant that caters mostly to kids.”

Bourdages added if you see a crime or indecent act being committed, try to write down details about the car, licence plate and suspect but then call police.

“We strongly suggest for people not to take the matter into their own hands,” Bourdages said.

The man has been released from custody and will appear in Dartmouth provincial court at a later date charged with committing an indecent act.

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