Nanaimo RCMP add mental health liason officer

The Nanaimo RCMP introduce Cst. Joshua Waltman. He has 12 years police service, has been selected as the Mental Health Liaison Officer for the detachment. He will be responsible for attending to mental health calls and facilitating a collaborative, consistent and co-ordinated approach, to address the needs of persons with mental illness in Nanaimo.

Constable Waltman brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from his previous post in Surrey, and will be of great assistance to our front line officers, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

While in Surrey, Cst Waltman worked the  as one of several officers assigned to the Surrey Outreach Team, tasked with patrolling the Whalley strip, home to many marginalized people. Their goal was not to arrest but to engage with the homeless, many of whom had mental health and or addiction issues. He got to know their names and stories, and assisted them in getting off the strip, in to housing, detox or recovery. He also received advanced training in Core Addiction Practices which assisted him in doing this.

As the Mental Health Liaison, Cst Waltman will work in partnership with a variety of municipal, provincial and federal partners. On most days, he will not be in a traditional police uniform and but in regular street clothes. 

Our front line officers are overtasked, I hope to alleviate some of the pressures they face as mental health calls can be challenging and often time consuming. I also hope to connect with many of our high risk individuals, and in doing so, provide continuity and familiarity for them. Developing these kinds of relationships was the recipe for our success in Surrey. I hope to see similar successes here, said Cst. Waltman.

To connect with Cst Waltman, contact him at Joshua.waltman@rcmp-grc.gc.ca 

Cyclist arrested with large quantity of cash and illegal drugs

1109 – Just after 2 am on Saturday October 31, 2020 a 26-year-old man was arrested for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and found in possession of a large quantity of Canadian currency and illegal drugs. The incident occurred in the 300 block of Terminal Ave.

It all began when two officers caught site of a cyclist racing eastbound on Fitzwilliam St, with no helmet or lights. The officers watched as the cyclist nearly collided with a vehicle. The officers attempted to stop him but even with the use of a loud haler and emergency lights, he refused to stop. Weaving along city streets and back alleys, and after hitting one too many curbs, the cyclist eventually crashed, and fell off his bike. A short foot chase ensued ending with his arrest on Terminal Ave. 

The man was arrested for Obstruction and when his belongings were searched, the officers found $10,550 in Canadian currency, 6 ounces of fentanyl, 7 grams of methamphetamine and 8 grams of cocaine. A small quantity of cannabis was also located.

“This was not what the officers expected when they attempted to stop the cyclist but it certainly worked out well. Fentanyl is a deadly drug that has claimed hundreds of lives in communities across BC. By removing just this amount, upwards of 1700 lives may have been saved,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

The 26-year-old male was later released on an Undertaking with a court date for December in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

Halloween safety and COVID-19 restrictions go hand in hand

By Cst. Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
nanaimo.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

With Halloween fast approaching, the Nanaimo RCMP wishes to advise the public that safety should be on the minds of everyone. Although numbers of people participating in Halloween are expected to be down due to COVID-19, hundreds of little ones will be still be out and about, participating in this fun filled night.

The following tips are provided to assist with keeping the little ones safe:

Parents 

  •  Ensure face coverings do not impede with their ability to walk safely
  •  Do you best to keep your children to one side of the road and do not let them go back and forth across streets
  •  Remember, only go to homes where lights are on
  •  Do not allow treats to be eaten before parents, caregivers, adults have had a chance to examine everything received
  •  Take a flashlight with you and bring extra batteries


Motorists

  •  Keep your speed down and be prepared to stop suddenly and without notice


Additionally, with newly issued BC Health orders effective October 26th, restricting gathering to six or less guests in a private dwelling, a team of police officers and public health inspectors will be working throughout the evening. , said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

To stay update and informed on Public Health Orders and guidelines go to https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/gatherings-at-private-homes  

Four break-in reported throughout the city

1020 – Between October 18th and October 19th, the Nanaimo RCMP were kept busy, attending to 4 reported Break and Enters throughout the city. These occurrences ranged from storage locker facilities, a day salon and government building. The following provides a short breakdown on each incident. If you have information on any of these crimes, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote the associated file number.

File # 2020-38170 At approximately 7 am on Monday October 19th an employee of Supreme Self Storage located on Maki Road reported several suspects had broken into their compound. Once detected, the suspects had fled into a nearby swamp. Tools were found leading off to where the suspects were last seen. A Police Services Dog attended but could not establish a track. It appears thieves targeted a trailer that was being stored on site. Taken were 2 skill saws, an Igloo cooler, 6 ft. ladder and 20 boxes of nails.

File # 2020-38212 Sometime between 11:30 pm on Sunday Oct 18th and 2:30 am on Oct 19th, Mostar Mini-storage on Mostar Road was broken into. Video surveillance managed to show 3 suspects associated to a black SUV or truck, unloading items from a locker into a vehicle. At least four lockers were emptied. The only items known to have been taken were kayak paddles, small green propane bottles and a life jacket. 

File # 20202-38177 Sometime overnight on Monday October 19th, a break and enter occurred at the BC Govt. Building located at 2100 Labieux Road. A window on the ground level of the left corner of the building was smashed, most likely with a rock, leaving a large gabbing hole. Taken were at least 7 electronic Thinkbooks. Earlier in the evening (approximately 11:45 pm), officers responded to the same building for a report of a splintered window however no entry was gained. 

File # 2020-38195 Sometime between 6:30 pm on Oct 18th and 9:30 am on the 19th, Blush Medi Spa on Applecross Road was broken into. The main door to the business was shattered by a blunt object allowing for entry. Taken was an IPad and a large quantity of cosmetics. 

 

Delivered packages being stolen from homes

The Nanaimo RCMP advises of two incidents involving parcels that were delivered to homes, being stolen. The first occurred on October 2 from a home in the 500 block of Kennedy Street and the most recent happened between Oct 5= and 8 from a home in the 600 block of Victoria Road. The items taken ranged from home appliances to security equipment.

In both cases, home owners were expecting parcels to be delivered by a local courier company. In both situations, the courier company confirmed the parcels were delivered.  “It is not uncommon for thieves to follow courier trucks and wait for parcels to be dropped off. They will then wait patiently and if it is not picked up in a few minutes, they move in and take it, " said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

To prevent such occurrences from happening follow these simple but effective measures: 

 

  •  Schedule deliveries with the shipping company to ensure someone is home to receive the parcel
  • Add instructions to keep packages off the front porch. Simply having it delivered to the side door where it is not so visible can be a deterrent
  • Pick an alternate delivery location such as your work place or have it left with a trusted friend or neighbour  
  • Arrange to have it held at the local shipping depot and you pick it up

If anyone has information on these thefts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency 

line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-36970 or 2020-36301.

RCMP clampdown nets 19 drivers on their cell phones

0924 – The approaching vehicle slows for the red light. Seconds later, the driver's head turns ever so slightly. Sure enough, the thumb can be seen to scroll across the screen. A uniformed officer is alerted by a nearby spotter, and minutes later, the driver is issued with a $368 fine for Use of an electronic device while driving.

This was the scenario that played out Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Norwell Drive and Highway 19A. In just 90 minutes, 19 violation tickets were handed out. , said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The officers involved were not surprised by the results as they see this playing out each and every day, on every street, road and intersection. The officers also see first hand, the carnage caused by drivers who choose to use their phones while driving. The use of electronic devices while driving is a close second to impaired driving as the leading cause of collisions on our roads and highways in British Columbia. 

Many of the drivers could offer no excuse as to why they were using their phone. Others, as expected, were quite defensive and expressed in somewhat colourful terms, what they thought of the fine being handed out. , said O’Brien.

The following tips are provided to help you get home safely:

  •  Just don’t use your phone, no call, text, or email is worth losing your life over 
  •  Turn your phone to silent and keep it out of reach
  •  If there are passengers, assign a designated texter

To learn more about the dangers of texting while driving, go to https://www.caa.ca/distracted-driving/statistics/
 

Community policing program looking for volunteers

0917 – The Nanaimo Community Policing Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers to join our team! 
We are looking for caring, passionate people concerned about community safety to assist the RCMP and the City of Nanaimo in delivering crime prevention programs, and to get in involved in community safety initiatives. 
Volunteers can participate in many ways through a variety of programs. Some include: 

  •  Speed Watch
  •  Crime Watch Patrols
  •  529 Garage Bike Registrations
  •  Campaigns with partners like ICBC by engaging community members at events or through workshops, etc.
  •  Community development projects designed to make neighbourhoods and community safer
  •  Fun community events to provide information on community policing

Here’s what current volunteers are saying about the program:

I enjoy knowing that I can make a difference in my community. If even 1 person slowed down or got off their cell phone when they see us set up perhaps an accident was prevented or a life saved, said Leila, volunteering since 2006.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. It strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities" said Gammy , a new volunteer who joined in February, 2020.

In order to qualify, volunteers need to be 19 years of age or older, have a valid drivers license in addition to passing a basic police information check and interview. Time commitment includes 1 shift per month and ideally a commitment to 1 year. All volunteers must attend orientation and operations training.

For more information, please contact Christy Wood, Community Policing Coordinator:
Christy.wood@nanimo.ca
Christy.wood@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Office: 250-755-3163
Cell: 250-713-6335

Canada-wide arrest warrant for Marcus Alan Williams

Marcus Alan Williams

0904 – A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for 29-year-old Marcus Allan Williams for a variety of driving offences. 

It stems from an incident in Nanaimo at approximately 11:30 pm, on June 13. It is alleged that the accused was approached at a road check by an officer with the Nanaimo RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit. When asked to produce a driver's license, he sped off and was not located. Investigators were able to determine through investigated means, the identity of the driver. When he could not be located, the warrant was issued. MORE

RCMP report indecent exposure at Westwood Lake

0903 – The Nanaimo RCMP report an indecent act at Westwood Lake Tuesday evening when an adult man exposed himself to a nine-year-old girl.  

Police attended and spoke with the girl and her father. The girl was walking approximately 100 metres behind her family when the man stepped from the bushes and exposed himself. He said a few words then left. She ran to her father who went back to where the man was last seen but could not locate him. Police stayed in the area for over an hour and spoke with several people but there were no further sightings.

The man is described as 35-40 years of age, ethnicity unknown

  • wearing a blue surgical mask
  • black hat with white lettering on the front
  • green shirt

 "Westwood Lake is undoubtedly the most popular park in the City of Nanaimo. It is used by hundreds on a daily basis for swimming, hiking and cycling, and like other parks and trails throughout Nanaimo, it is extremely safe. Unfortunately, incidents like the one reported do occasionally occur," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The following are some safety tips if you encounter a similar incident:

  • Remove yourself from the incident
  • Do not engage with the individual
  • Report the incident immediately to the police
  • Walk in groups or with a buddy and carry a phone with you
  • If wearing earbuds, modify the volume so you can hear if someone is approaching or consider wearing only one earbud
  • Try to recall in as much detail as possible of the incident and of the person involved

If anyone has information on this incident and have not already spoken with police, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-32203.

RCMP seek video evidence after bizarre incident

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for iPhone or DashCam video following a bizarre incident stretching from the northend to Westwood Lake.

A woman was taken into custody after numerous incidents were reported to police.

The series of incidents was at approximately 5 pm on Saturday, near the intersection of Aulds Road and the Parkway. A man and his wife, age 66, were driving southbound on the Parkway when a grey sedan slowed in front of them, coming to a stop in the slow lane. A female driver came to their vehicle and without provocation began punching the victim in the head multiple times. One victim suffered numerous cuts and bruises to her hands and head from attempting to protect herself. The incident was  witnessed by several passing motorists who may have dashCam footage. 

The suspect got back into her vehicle and continued driving southbound. Several minutes later, a 911 call reported that a pedestrian had almost been struck by a vehicle in front of the Jingle Pot Pub, located at the intersection of Calder Road and Jingle Port Road. From information provided by the witness, the driver and vehicle matched the description from the earlier road rage. The witness told police, the vehicle was seen driving into oncoming traffic, then on to the curb and driving directly at the pedestrian. The pedestrian was not struck. Although three of the tires were flattened from hitting the curb, the suspect driver continued on. 

The next set of calls came from people at the public beach at Westwood Lake, of a female acting erratically. Numerous police officers attended and located the female sitting in the life guard tower. Officers attempted to engage the female in conversation in an effort to de-escalate the situation, however it appeared the female may have been under the influence of unknown substance or was experiencing a medical crisis. At one point, the female sprayed a liquid substance on an officer and yelled that it was harmful to them. No ill effects were caused by the fluid, believed to be water. The female managed to avoid the officers but was located a short distance away, then taken into police custody.

The female, age 37, was arrested on a variety of Criminal Code offences which included Assault, Assault Police Officer, Dangerous Driving, Impaired Driving and Refusal to comply with a Drug Recognition Expert test.  When deemed sober the female was released from custody that same night on an Undertaking. She is scheduled to make her first appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court on Tuesday November 10, 2020.

“As these occurrences played out over an extended period of time, on heavily travelled roadways and at a public beach, investigators are asking for anyone with iPhone or dash cam video, to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-27874", said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Reminder to Register Bikes on 529 Garage

Many people are looking for fun activities that get people outside while still following Provincial Health recommendations.  Cycling is a great way to do this!  Bike stores around Nanaimo are seeing an increase in sales and with more bikes on the trails and roads more opportunities for bike thieves.  Some tips that can protect your bike are:

  1. 1.       Always lock your bike in a visible spot
  2. 2.       Never leave your bike outside overnight
  3. 3.       Lock your frame and a wheel using a quality “D” lock to a secure bike parking structure
  4. 4.       Register your bike for free with Nanaimo’s Garage 529: www.529garage.ca/nanaimo
  5. 5.       Report your bike stolen on your Garage 529 Smart Phone app and report it to the Police

529 Garage not only helps police return bikes to their owners but sends out a broadcast to all 529 Garage users in the area to be on the look out for the missing bike. 

To add an extra layer of protection, add a 529 Garage tamper proof shield to your bike. This will help add another piece of identification on your bike.  Shields are free to those registered on 529 Garage.  To get your shield, inquire at any of the following locations:

  1. 1.       Nanaimo RCMP detachment
  2. 2.       Hub City Cycles
  3. 3.       Coal City Cycles
  4. 4.       Rock City Cycles
  5. 5.       Arrowsmith Bikes
  6. 6.       Apex Bikes
  7. 7.       Canadian Tire

For more information on 529 Garage Nanaimo, please call Christy Wood, Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Co-ordinator at 250-755-3163.

Thief takes off with stolen travel trailer

Nanaimo RCMP looking for a man who stole a travel trailer from a North Nanaimo business on Saturday July 18 at approximately 8 pm. RCMP is public assistance in identifying the man and location of the trailer.

The man is seen in a video backing up a flatbed truck and attaching the trailer, then leaving. He is approximately 5’9, medium build, wearing a grey shirt, blue shorts and a red hat. The vehicle is a white smaller truck with a flatbed.

Ifknow anything about this theft or where the trailer may be, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

See the video HERE

Police capture suspect with help from citizens

Police take suspect into custody on waterfront.

0612 – A 25-year-old man who ran from police then took a short but very cold swim in the ocean was stopped only after several Good Samaritans, armed with boat hooks, came to the aid of the officers. The incident and arrest took place at approximately 2 pm on Monday near the Nanaimo Shipyards located on Stewart Avenue.

The incident began when officers attended to a report of a man sleeping on a bench at the Chinese Gardens. After a short discussion, the officers were shocked when the man lit a pipe and began smoking illegal street drugs in front of them. He was promptly arrested and when asked to identify himself, bolted on foot, across Stewart Avenue to the Nanaimo Shipyards.

After a short swim, the suspect tried to commandeer a kayak from a moored boat. That drew the attention of several nearby boat owners and they took action. After gathering some boat hooks, they cornered the man on the dock until police arrived. Minutes later, Constable Mike Eckert, who happened to be nearby and operating the Nanaimo RCMP Zodiac, pulled along side and arrested the suspect.

After securing the suspect in handcuffs and a life jacket, Constables Eckert and Woods transported him to the inner harbour where additional officers transported him to the Nanaimo Detachment. The 25-year-old was arrested for Obstruction and Possession of a Controlled Substance, believed to be crystal methamphetamine. He also was found to have two outstanding warrants from previous Nanaimo files for Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. Later that same day he was released from police custody on an Undertaking, with his first court appearance set for late September in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The Zodiac is a 733 Hurricane, 22 feet long with twin 150 hp motors and an additional 90 hp. It is used primarily for enforcement and education in the coastal waters near Nanaimo but at times provides assistance to the Nanaimo Port Authority, the Canadian Coast Guard, Nanaimo Search and Rescue, and the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans. The vessel is also a much-needed addition to enhanced enforcement during special events such as Bathtub Days, Canada Day celebrations and other events.

Neigbours cheer as Nanaimo RCMP take down drug house

0611  The neighbours cheered and clapped as the Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes Unit moved in and shut down a problem drug house in the 500 block of Milton Street Wednesday evening. 

RCMP received numerous complaints, beginning in March, ranging from drug deals, petty thefts and daily disturbances. When officers entered the home, seven adults inside, with six later being released without charge. A 58-year-old woman  was taken into police custody.

A search yielded a variety of drugs including a small amount of suspected Fentanyl, and approximately one ounce of crystal methamphetamine, $2,500 cash and supporting pieces of paraphernalia were found.

One other man, also 58 years old, was arrested away from the home. Both were held in custody and released in the morning pending charge approval. The two will be compelled to court by way of a warrant on charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking under the CDSA.

“This is a classic example of the community and police working together to resolve a community based issue. The neighbours were upset and instead of taking out their frustration via social media, they asked for help. We were more than willing to assist by shutting this problem drug house down once and for all,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 If you have concerns that need the attention of the police, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

RCMP seek help to find violent offender David Thomas

David Arlen Thomas

0611 – The Nanaimo RCMP are trying to find 26-year-old David Arlen Thomas, who is wanted for Break and Enter, and two counts of Breaching the terms of his probation. Thomas is considered violent and should not be approached.

The warrant stems from an incident on March 23 in which Thomas allegedly attempted to break into the home of a female in north Nanaimo, with whom he had had a previous relationship. A news release was previously issued detailing this incident. The female fled and Thomas was not located by attending officers. Since that time, investigators have been unable to locate Thomas and believe that he is actively evading police.

On June 7 its alleged Thomas again, broke into the same home while the female was present. She managed to flee but was chased by Thomas who reportedly dislodged bear spray at her. She was not seriously injured and Thomas fled on his bicycle before police arrived.

“These were terrifying experiences for the female and it appears the violence is escalating. We are doing what we can to help with her personal safety and we are asking for the public's assistance in locating Thomas and to hold him accountable for his actions,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP

Thomas is 5 ft.7, 140 pounds and the picture  is recent. Thomas has a distinctive tattoo on his outer left forearm which spells INDIAN. If you have information on the whereabouts of David Arlen Thomas, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

1 - RCMP pursuing long-time wanted files – Percy Khabata

Percy Khambata

The Nanaimo RCMP is profiling individuals with outstanding warrants for their arrest stemming from allegations in Nanaimo. Some of the warrants have been on the system for several years while others were recently issued. 
If you have information on their whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

#1 Percy Khambata (57-12-12) Age 62
Nanaimo RCMP file # 2019-24480

Wanted for: Assault with a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace
Descriptors: non-white male, 5 ft.4, 200 pounds, grey hair and known to wear a beard
Details of warrant: On the evening of June 27th 2019 the downtown Commercial St market was in full swing with hundreds of people wandering about the streets sampling wears and food offered by the many vendors. Around 7:15 pm several people heard yelling and screaming from an individual who appeared to be directing his rage at some vendors. Several calls to 911 said this person was brandishing a knife in a menacing and threatening way.
Prior to police arriving, Khambata got into a physical confrontation with another male who managed to hold Khambata until police arrived. The 6-inch serrated knife that KHAMBATA was seen with, was located nearby and seized by police.

Khambata entered a plea of not guilty and court date of February 3rd,2020 was set. Khambata failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Investigators have been unable to locate KHAMABATA and believe he may have moved out of province.

2 - RCMP pursuing long-time wanted files – Harley Jackson

Harley Jackson

The Nanaimo RCMP is profiling individuals with outstanding warrants for their arrest stemming from allegations in Nanaimo. Some of the warrants have been on the system for several years while others were recently issued. 

With the power of social media, we hope to locate these individuals, wherever they may be, and hold them accountable for the crimes they have allegedly committed. If you have information on their whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

#2 Harley Rae JACKSON (83-12-03) age 36
Nanaimo RCMP file # 2019-24076

Wanted for: Break and Enter, Mischief 
Descriptors: White male, 5 ft. 9, 180 pounds, black hair
Tattoos on right and left wrist of Celtic design  
Details of warrant: On the evening of June 25th 2019 the owner of the Travellers Lodge on Nelson St, called police to report hearing voices and footsteps walking in the upstairs of his building. The building is privately owned and the caller indicated there should be no one other than himself present. Police attended and found extensive damage to interior walls where it appears, individuals had cut through the dry wall to access copper piping. Outside the building, an adult male was located nearby and arrested while the investiation continued. Jackson was later released from police custody. 
Forensic Identification specialists attended and based on their examination and findings,  Jackson was identified as being in the building. An arrest warrant was issued and to date, officers have been unable to him.