Police seek help in locating missing Isabelle Shopf

Isabelle Shopf

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 22-year-old Isabelle Schopf, who was last seen at approximately 5 pm, on Friday October 22, 2021. At that time, Schopf was seen leaving the Nanaimo hospital against medical advice. As a result, police and her family are extremely worried for her safety and well-being.

Schopf is an Indigenous female, 5’6, 115 pounds with a light complexion. She currently has her hair dyed blue, and has a tattoo of a dragon under her collar bone and a butterfly on her right wrist. The picture provided is recent and resembles her, other than her hair colour. No clothing description is available.

Schopf has been known to frequent locations in Nanaimo, Oceanside and may be trying to reach the Lower Mainland. If you have information on the whereabouts of Isabelle Schopf, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-39656.

Charges laid in fake 911 calls, accused remains in custody

34-year-old Aaron Edward Craig of Nanaimo has been remanded into police custody following his arrest on Thursday October 21, 2021. Craig's arrest was the result of him allegedly making numerous 911 calls about a fictitious shooting at a local high school and elementary school in Nanaimo.

Craig was arrested by the Nanaimo RCMP within one hour of placing the calls. He was held in custody and appeared the next day in Nanaimo Provincial Court. He has been formally charged with Public Mischief, Breach of a Court order and Breach of Probation. The breach charges stem from Craig violating his release conditions on charges already before the courts.

Craig has been remanded until Tuesday November 2, 2021.

Man arrested for Public Mischief following fake 911 calls

Shortly after 1 pm on Thursday October 21, a  caller made numerous 911 calls to the Nanaimo RCMP stating that shots were being fired at a local school and that there were multiple casualties. The caller did not specify which school was involved and provided only a five block radius in south Nanaimo.

Police immediately notified two schools in the immediate area; Fairview Elementary and Nanaimo and District Secondary School. NDSS was immediately placed in a lock down. School Liaison Officers at NDSS worked quickly to ensure that staff and students were safe and secured inside the school. Fairview Elementary was contacted and staff advised police that students had already been dismissed early due to parent teacher interviews, and that there were no concerns at their location. There were also no emergencies or suspicious activities reported at NDSS.

“When the officers involved were satisfied that it appeared the calls were a hoax, the investigation moved towards identifying who was responsible, “said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Using cell phone technology and police databases, the North Island Operations Communication Centre (OCC) traced the location of the phone, then determined who the phone was registered to and what vehicles were associated to the suspect. 

With this information in hand, at approximately 2 pm, officers located the suspect in his vehicle, parked along Howard Ave. The suspect, age 34, was located and arrested for Public Mischief and Breach of pre-existing conditions from previous police files. The cell phone used to make the calls was also located in the vehicle.

With the suspect in custody, the lock down was lifted. The School Liaison Officers then ensured senior management at both schools were briefed and updated on the actions they undertook to resolve the situation. The suspect is currently in custody with charges pending.

“This was a disturbing sequence of events that was resolved quickly and efficiently through the combined efforts of the RCMP North Island Operations Communications Centre (OCC) and our officers. The training of the OCC and their real-time communication with officers in the area, allowed for theretrieval of timely information from police databases and for this incident to be resolved safety and efficiently ”, said O’Brien. 

Cst Scarecrow is on duty, impacting the motoring public

There have been many adjectives to describe the latest addition to the Nanaimo RCMP’s arsenal, in its fight to curb speeding: steely eyed, consistent, effective, professional. The list could go on and on but thanks to ICBC, Cst Scarecrow is on duty and having an impact on the motoring public.

Cst Scarecrow is actually a 6 foot cut out of an image of a real Mountie, holding a handheld radar device, and of  course wearing his forge cap and yellow reflective jacket. The image is used in conjunction with Community Policing Volunteers carrying out Speed Watch activities at various locations throughout Nanaimo. Cst Scarecrow is usually set up a short distance after the speed board, acting as a secondary reminder for motorists to slow down. , said Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Cst Scarecrow will be used at a number of problematic locations throughout Nanaimo and will be accompanied by Community Policing volunteers. , said O’Brien.

Speed continues to be one of the leading causes of crashes on our streets and highways. Slow down, especially in and around school and playgrounds zones. On behalf of Cst Scarecrow, ICBC and the Nanaimo RCMP, we thank you for doing your part in keeping our streets safe.

Police Dog Herc takes a violent person into police custody

The incident in question occurred at approximately 9:20 am on Monday October 18, 2021, near the intersection of Albert St and Cavan St.

An off duty officer was with his police dog Herc, was at a red light at the intersection of Esplanade Ave and Terminal when he first heard the man yelling. The officer said that he could hear the individual man yelling in anger and saw him walk into traffic with no apparent regard for his personal safety. The officer pulled in to a local Mall parking lot and using his police truck radio, he alerted other officers to the emerging situation.

The officer decided to follow the man with his truck, to the intersection of Albert St at Cavan St, were he ranting and raving. The officer then saw him begin to approach several citizens. The officer immediately radioed the attending officers to speed up their response. At this time, the officer got out of his truck and with Herc at his side, he attempted to engage the individual in conversation.

The officer quickly learned that the man was very upset because someone had apparently stolen his suitcase. The officer offered to help him look for it but the man was not interested in speaking with the officer, and repeatedly told him to leave, and threatened him and Herc with death. During their conversation, that lasted several minutes, the officer noted that the man was sweating profusely, acting erratically and was walking back and forth in to the flow of traffic.   

As other officers arrived, the Police Dog Handler told the man he was under arrest and to get on the ground. He did not comply. Considering the volatility of the situation and risk to the man, Herc was deployed. With the assistance of other officers who had just arrived, the man was arrested and taken into police custody.

The man, age 47, was transported to the Nanaimo hospital where he was treated for several puncture wounds. After receiving medical treatment, he was taken to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment and lodged in cells. Later that day and when he was deemed fit to be released, he was served with an Appearance Notice for one count of Uttering Threats, and issued with a court date to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court for later in December.

“This was an extremely volatile dynamic situation with significant risk to the man, the general public and the officer. Considering all the risk factors, the officer and Herc performed admirably, “said Constable Gary O’Brien. 

Later, the officer was told that the individual was flagged violent due to previous police encounters and that he admitted while at the hospital that he had consumed a large quantity of cocaine earlier in the day.

UPDATE - RCMP report missing man has been located

Jason Diraddo

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 44-year-old Jason Diraddo. Investigators were contacted by his mother on October 8, 2021 and informed that she has not heard from her son since July of 2021.

Diraddo is of no fixed address and is known to utilize emergency resources in Nanaimo. Officers have attended to the various homeless encampments and areas where marginalized individuals are known to gather but with no success or leads on where he may be.

Diraddo is a Caucasian man, 5 ft.7, 150 pounds, and the picture provided is recent. Of note, he has a tattoo of a bulldog on his upper left arm.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Jason Diraddo, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-37752.

RCMP investigating southend shooting incident

Nanaimo RCMP News Release, Oct. 12, 2021

Around 1 pm, on Sunday October 10, multiple 911 calls reported gunfire being directed at a derelict residence located near the intersection of Nicol St at Needham St. The residence is known to be used by persons who are marginalized and involved in the Nanaimo drug culture. Officers were on scene within minutes and searched the interior of the home. No one was located inside the structure.

Approximately twenty minutes later, officers were advised that an adult male had arrived at the Nanaimo hospital with injuries thought to have been caused by gun fire. His injuries were non-life threatening and he was treated and later released. The fluid investigation then lead police to the arrest of two adults, one man and one woman, found in a vehicle driving southbound along Nicol St, in south Nanaimo. Both individuals who are known to police, were later released from custody while the investigation continues. Their vehicle was seized as part of the investigation.

Investigators believe this incident to be a targeted isolated event and the individuals identified to date, appear to know each other. “The use of firearms however, and the blatant disregard for the safety of individuals in our community is troubling, and can be attributed to the drug culture in Nanaimo and the violence associated with it,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 The investigation is continuing. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-38031.

Nanaimo RCMP set up safe exchange zone

The Nanaimo RCMP is pleased to announce the creation of a Community Exchange Zone. The designated parking stall is located directly in front of the Nanaimo detachment located at 303 Prideaux St, and marked with a large blue sign.

Community Exchange Zones are common throughout communities across North America and are often used by individuals to sell goods online or for custodial exchanges of children from one spouse to the another. The Nanaimo Exchange Zone is covered by video surveillance but does not offer audio surveillance.

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

The Nanaimo detachment is open to the general public, from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. For police after hour assistance, there is an intercom call box located to the left of the front door.

If you have any questions about the Community Exchange Zone, please call the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section at 250-755-3257.

 

This token of appreciation was delivered to our detachment today. The letter will be on display for all of our employees to see and the card will be given to our hard working Victim Services employees.

Thank-you for taking the time out of your day to think of us, and pen this beautiful note. Its true when they say, great things often come in small packages. This made our day!

UPDATE: Tara-Marie Connor found safe and sound

Tara-Marie Connor

UPDATE:  Nanaimo RCMP is pleased to share that the 25 year old woman who was reported missing on Sept. 7,  has been located safe and sound.

Earlier story – The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Tara-Marie Connor. Connor was last seen on September 6, 2021 and reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on September 7, 2021.

Connor is of no fixed address and is known to frequent emergency shelters in Nanaimo. Police spoke to staff at those locations and were told that it is out of character for Connor to not attend to their facilities. As a result, they are concerned for her safety and well-being.

Connor is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft.5, 180 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. The picture provided, although of poor quality is recent. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Tara-Marie Connor, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-33890

Missing youth has been located

Gaige Knighton

UPDATE – The Nanaimo RCMP is pleased to share that the 17 year old youth who was reported missing on September 5, 2021 has been located safe and sound.

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Gaige Knighton. Knighton was last seen on September 5, 2021, and reported  missing that same day to the Nanaimo RCMP. Extensive patrols conducted by police, and searches by friends and caregivers have been unsuccessful in locating him. As a result, his family is worried for his safety and well-being.

Knighton took a few personal items with him from home and was riding his purple BMX bike when last seen. He is known to frequent skate parks in Nanaimo. Investigators are also following up on reports that he may be living in a tent. 

Knighton is an Indigenous youth, 5 ft.8, 170 pounds, and the picture provided is recent. He was last seen wearing a red sweater, camouflage pants, tan coloured boots, and had a brown backpack with him. He does not possess a cell phone.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Gaige Knighton, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-33660.

It’s back to school time, be careful on our roads

The Nanaimo RCMP remind the motoring public, as of Tuesday Sept. 7, all public and private schools in Nanaimo are now open.

Every year in BC, dozens of children and youths will be injured in motor vehicle crashes that occur in or near school zones or playgrounds. With that in mind, safety must be paramount for motorists to ensure our children arrive safely at school," said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The following reminders are provided for the safety of all children, motorists, parents, and caregivers. 

Motorists

• School speed zones (30 km/h) are in effect Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, during designated school days

• Playground speeds are in effect dust to dawn, all year round

• Motorists MUST stop for all school buses when children are boarding or exiting the bus, and red flashing lights are displayed; this applies to vehicles whether they are behind the stopped bus or approaching from the opposite direction

Pedestrian safety

• Children should only cross at designated intersections

• Before crossing any intersection, children MUST make eye contact with the approaching driver and ONLY cross when they see the vehicle slowing and coming to a stop; cross ONLY when safe to do so

• If riding a bike, always dismount and walk it across the crosswalk

• Wear bright coloured clothing 

If you have any questions or concerns about traffic safety, please do not hesitate to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or by email at Nanaimo_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Cst Gary O'Brien Nanaimo RCMP
Media Relations Officer 
gary.obrien@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Mountie's first-aid training saves baby's life

Happy family Sman, Amanda, Hanna and Quinn. (Inset) Cst Laforest

"You saved my baby’s life", cried Amanda (first name only) , to Cst Denise Laforest who had just performed CPR on Amanda’s 17-month-old daughter Hanna. The incident took place midday on August 30, road side on Highway 19, between Woss and Sayward.

Constable Laforest's husband Owen, had recently transferred from Nanaimo to Alert Bay. Denise, who is on extended leave, was driving to Alert Bay with her two small children to meet him. At one point her attention was diverted to a vehicle that had pulled quickly to the side of the road. She watched as a man jumped out and was holding a limp infant. The man also appeared to be in a state of panic.

Cst Laforest, who was not on duty, pulled a U-turn and drove back to where the man and child were. “I told him I know first aid and that I can help,” Laforest said. “At that point, he basically threw the baby at me and said she’s choking and can’t breathe.”

Cst Laforest’s first aid training took over. She told the father (Sam), to call 911 while she conducted a quick assessment. She checked for any obvious injuries or blockages, there were none. She found a very weak pulse and immediately started doing back blows in hope of dislodging whatever the child was choking on. To her horror, the child did not respond and the pulse could no longer be found. She realized at this point that the child may die.

She immediately started doing CPR, going back and forth between giving mouth to mouth resuscitations (at her discretion) and finger compressions on her chest. She kept this up for what seemed to be several minutes until Hanna began to make a small wheezing sound. She managed to clear a small amount of debris from her mouth and shortly thereafter, Hanna began to cry. Collectively, it was the most beautiful sound we had ever heard, said Laforest.

To compound the issue, there was no cell coverage in the immediate area and Hanna’s father was unable to reach 911.

What followed were many heartfelt hugs and tears. Amanda and Sam drove into Woss and found a first aid clinic to have Hanna assessed. They then carried on to Campbell River where Hanna was admitted to hospital. She remained there until that night until she was discharged with a clean bill of health.

Cst Laforest learned that Amanda, Sam, Hanna and their other daughter Quinn, had recently arrived on Vancouver Island via the Prince Rupert ferry from Terrace, and were heading down Island to visit with family. They told Cst Laforest the first thing they plan on doing upon their return home is to enroll in an emergency first aid course.

Cst Laforest said she was fortunate to have recently completed a refresher course for emergency first aid. 

“If it wasn’t for that, my training may not have kicked in and we could have been looking at a very different outcome”, she said.

Nanaimo man killed in motorcycle crash

A 59-year-old Nanaimo man has died as result of injuries he sustained in a single vehicle motorcycle crash. The incident occurred at approximately 7:40 pm on Tuesday September 7, 2021, at the intersection of Jingle Pot Road and Ashlee Road. The injured motorcyclist was transported to the Nanaimo hospital where later that same night he died.

Police, Fire and EHS responded.  There were no direct witnesses to the incident however, other motorists told police the driver had been seen speeding and driving erratically just prior to the incident.

A passing motorist located the motorcyclist, called 911 and commenced emergency first aid. Police examined the crash scene. It appeared the motorcyclist was proceeding west bound along Jingle Pot Road, and was attempting to turn left onto Ashlee Road when he struck the curb and crashed. 

The BC Coroners Service was advised along with the next of kin of the deceased. The crash scene was closed for several hours while it was examined by investigators. The motorcycle was towed from the scene and will undergo a mechanical inspection.

The investigation is continuing.

Arrest warrant issued in voyeurism, child porn case

Michael Gordon Lowry

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 69-year-old Michael Gordon Lowry of Nanaimo for Observe Nudity (voyeurism) and Possessing Child Pornography.

In August of 2019, several incidents of suspected voyeurism carried out in a residence in Nanaimo, were reported to the Nanaimo RCMP. As part of the investigation, police seized various electronics owned by Lowry. A search warrant was granted to search the items seized, and evidence was found to support the original allegations.

In November of 2019, the accused was arrested in the Lower Mainland and later released on conditions. Lowry recently missed a scheduled court date in Nanaimo Provincial court and as a result, a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Lowry is a Caucasian man, 6 ft. 1, 200 pounds, bald with blue eyes. The picture provided was taken at the time of his arrest in November of 2019.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Michael Lowry, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2019-34500.
 

UPDATE Mitchel Houle has been located

UPDATE Mitchel Houle has been located

EARLIER STORY – Police are asking for help locating a Nanaimo man who hasn’t been seen in two weeks.

According to a Nanaimo RCMP press release, Mitchel Houle, 28, was reported missing Aug. 24, one week after his mother dropped him off at the intersection of the Nanaimo Parkway and Northfield Road.

“She has not seen or heard from his since. She also indicated that it is out of character for her son to have no contact with her. As a result, she is worried for his safety and well-being,” noted the release.

Houle is of no fixed address and accesses emergency shelters in Nanaimo. He does not carry a cell phone.

Houle is Indigenous, 5-foot-11 with a thin build and has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and nylon shorts. He has numerous tattoos on his legs and arms.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2021-31987.

UPDATE - Brody David has been located safe and sound

This photo is several years old.

EARLIER STORY – Brody David of Nanaimo has not been heard from since leaving his north Nanaimo home on Thursday. RCMP is asking for assistance in locating the 26-year-old who lives with his mother and has a significant medical condition which requires medication. For this reason, his family and investigators are worried for his safety and well-being.

David walks daily and has been known to go as far as Errington, Nanoose and sometimes Oceanside. He is Caucasian, 5 ft.6, 150 pounds, and has extremely short brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a green cloth hoody, dark blue pants and slip-on white and black shoes. Of note, he left his home carrying a new black sleeping bag. It is thought that he may be staying in the bush. David is approachable and does not pose a risk to the public.

If you see Brody David or know his whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-32693.

Police seek assistance to locate Mikhail Deyneko

Mikhail Deyneko

Nanaimo RCMP are seeking public assistance to find a man who has been reported missing.

Mikhail Deyneko, 30, frequents shelters in Nanaimo and on the Lower Mainland.

Police were alerted Aug. 26 and investigators have been unable to locate Deyneko and are concerned for his well-being.

Deyneko white, 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He has a scarred pinkie finger on his right hand.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Deyneko is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file No. 2021-32245.

 

Do you know where Karlee Pelletier is?

Karlee Parker

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 27 year old Karlee Pelletier. Pelletier had been staying at a local emergency shelter since August 2, 2021 but has not been seen or heard from since August 19, 2021. Her disappearance is troubling to those who know her and as a result, there is concern for her safety and well-being. 

Pelletier is not known to carry a cellphone and has no apparent health issues. She is Caucasian, 5 ft. 6, 110 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, and the picture provided is recent. 

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Karlee Pelletier, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-31814. 

Catalytic converter theft suspect caught in the act

A 30-year-old prolific offender is facing multiple criminal charges after being caught red handed with a catalytic converter stolen from a van owned by the BGC, formerly known as the Nanaimo Boys and Girls Club. The thief was arrested just before 10:30 am on Friday August 20, 2021, on Extension Road near Country Hills. The theft occurred at the BGC Central Vancouver Island Nanaimo Club, located on Cranberry Ave.

Just after 6:30 am on August 20th the BGC, located on Cranberry Ave reported that once again, a catalytic converter had been sawed off one of their vans, rendering it useless to transport their young charges. They also reported that their video surveillance system managed to capture an image of the alleged thief.

As employees were collectively feeling sorry for themselves and the kids, their Manager, Linda Janes, just happened to be looking out toward the roadway and what did she see, but a man riding a bike, who just happened to be carrying a catalytic converter. Janes also noted that the man looked strikingly similar to the suspect in the theft video.

With no time to spare, Janes and another employee hoped into a vehicle and at a safe distance started following the suspect. They also called the RCMP and told them what was transpiring

Based on updates they and nearby neighbours provided, officers were able to respond quickly and located the suspect, and arrested him with the stolen item.

Later that day, Janes took their van to a nearby muffler shop and showed a technician the catalytic converter. Within minutes he was able to say that the item seized had been removed from the van that he was examining.

This theft not only put the safety of the children at risk but forced the cancellation of several outings, and cost the BGC around $500 to replace the catalytic converter. What a shame, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The 30-year-old male faces charges for Possession of Stolen Property, Theft under $5000, Obstruction and Breach of probation. He was released from custody while police investigate this and other criminal matters involving him.

RCMP seek identity of suspect in jewelry in store break-in

Can you identify this suspect?

The Nanaimo RCMP seeks public assistance in identifying the man shown in the photo. At 5:36 am on August 10, the Gold and Silver Guy jewelry shop at 619 Townsite Road was broken into, and jewelry pieces and other small items were stolen. 

The owner called police after arriving at work in the morning finding an open window. The business was alarmed but for unknown reasons, the alarm did not activate. Police attended and reviewed a video which showed the a suspect picking up several coins, $2 bills and an antique scale. The suspect attempted to break another display case but was not successful before leaving.

The owner told police about one hour prior to the break and enter, two other men, were seen outside the business shining flashlights inside. The two wore bandanas.

The suspect is Caucasian, in his early 20s, short hair, wearing a baggie jacket with lettering on the sleeves and carrying a small flashlight. He is extremely thin as the window in which he entered through is only 12 inches wide.

If anyone has information on this incident or can identify the suspect, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-29882.

Police need help in locating Brandon Sheldon

Brandon Sheldon

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 16 year old Brandon Sheldon, who was last seen at 2:30 pm on Tuesday August 17, 2021. Sheldon did not return to his home that evening. For the next two days, his caregivers searched throughout Nanaimo but with no success. On August 19th he was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP.  

Sheldon is a Caucasian youth, who is 5 ft.11,150 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. The picture provided is recent. He was last seen wearing a black bomber style jacket, white T-shirt, grey pants, and a black and white hat. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Brandon Sheldon, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-31371.

UPDATE: Shannon Lettington has been located

\Shannon Lettington

UPDATE - This missing person has been located safe and sound.

The Nanaimo RCMP seek public assistance in locating 36-year-old Shannon Lettington of Nanaimo who was last seen on August 14. Lettington's family reported her missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on August 17.

She told her family that she was planning on hitchhiking to Ontario. Since that time, her immediate family have been unable to contact her and are concerned for her safety and well-being. Investigators have reason to believe she is still on Vancouver Island.

She is a Caucasian female, 5 ft. 0, 100 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. The picture is recent.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Shannon Lettington, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-30946.

Ground and water search initiated for missing diver

An extensive search has been launched for a diver who disappeared while on a recreational dive earlier today. The incident occurred at approximately 10 am on Friday in  the Winchelsea Islands area.

Due to a language barrier there was approximately a two-hour delay in reporting the incident. Investigators have learned that two men were on a 14-foot vessel, and one of the two was diving. When the diver did not surface when expected, his friend on the boat called an individual on shore, who in turn eventually called 911.

Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre is searching the area with their hovercraft and helicopter, while a Canadian Coast Guard vessel is in the water, along with a Volunteer rescue crew. Ground based Search and Rescue personnel are searching the immediate coastline.

The missing diver is in his 40s, South Asian descent and speaks little English. He is wearing a black wet suit and has a diving tank attached. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the missing diver, please call 911 or the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-30371.

All escape injury in collision between pick-up and semi

A pick-up truck was destroyed and a semi-tractor ended up in the ditch after the two vehicles collided this morning. The driver of the semi and driver of the pick-up, including the driver's 18 month old son, escaped without injury. The collision occurred at approximately 8:40 am on Monday August 9, 2021, at the intersection of the Island Highway and the Nanaimo Parkway.

Police spoke with the driver of the pick up, age 36. He told police, he was idling at the intersection and accidentally lifted his foot from the brake for a second, while caring for his young son. This allowed his truck to roll a short distance into the intersection. At the same time, a southbound semi-tractor, driven by a 38-year-old male, was proceeding south on the Parkway. The older model Dodge pick-up clipped the side of the semi, causing the semi to veer off the roadway to the right and come to a stop in the ditch. The pickup was destroyed while the semi-trailer sustained minor damage. 

BC Paramedics and Fire responded and medically cleared the two drivers and enfant. The intersection was closed for one hour to allow for the truck to be towed and the semi-tractor to be raised out of the ditch.

The investigation is continuing.

Police seize tools believed to have been stolen

The Nanaimo RCMP is in possession of tools that are believed to be stolen. The tools were seized just before 7 am, on June 26, during a vehicle stop in south Nanaimo. 

The investigating officer initially attended for a report of a female who appeared to be slumped over in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle. After waking the woman and establishing that she was not in medical distress, the officer turned his attention to the tools lying on the backseat of the vehicle. The officer noted a brand new battery powered Ryobi pressure washer, a Stihl weedwacker and Black and Decker blower and vacuum.

The woman could not offer any reasonable explanation how the tools ended up in her vehicle. She was soon joined by two males who also seemed utterly perplexed when asked about the ownership of the items. Having heard enough, the investigating officer seized the tools for sake keeping.

The vehicle, a black Chevrolet Cobalt, was outfitted with three different size wheels and tires, of which one of the tires was completely bald. The vehicle was towed from the scene as it posed a risk to the motoring public.

If anyone has information on the ownership of these items, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-23180.

Missing 69-year-old Robert Knight located

Robert Knight

UPDATE; MR. KNIGHT HAS BEEN LOCATED

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 69-year-old Robert Knight. Knight’s immediate family recently learned that his vehicle, a black 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup, was found abandoned on Fry St in Nanaimo. All efforts by his family to locate him have been unsuccessful, and as a result, they are extremely worried for his safety and well-being.

Knight is a Caucasian, 6 ft. , 177 pounds, and has white hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Robert Knight, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-27947.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash

An adult male sustained life-threatening injuries and has been air-lifted to a Victoria hospital after crashing his off-road motorcycle earlier today. The incident occurred at approximately 12 noon on Tuesday August 3, 2021, in the 3700 block of Rock City Road.

Police attended and spoke with witnesses who said they heard a crash and came out to find the man and a bike lying in the ditch.  It appears from all accounts, the individual was proceeding west bound on Rock City Road when he lost control of his bike and drove off the roadway to the right. While it is only early in the investigation, it appears that speed may have been a contributing factor. Investigators were also unable to find a motorcycle helmet at the scene of the crash.

Rock City Road is closed for the foreseeable future while investigators examine the scene. East bound traffic is being diverted onto Ocean Pearl Terrace while west bound traffic is being diverted onto Barrington Road. 

Investigators are asking for any motorists that were in the area at the time of the crash to please check their dash cam video. If they have video of the crash or any pre-collision driving, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754- 2345, and quote file # 2021-28904.

Investigation continues into vicious attack on homeless person

The Nanaimo RCMP is continuing their investigation into an incident in which a street person, was bear-sprayed, run over by a car, then left on the roadway. Investigators have released a photo of the suspect vehicle. The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 pm on Saturday July 10, 2021, near the intersection of Victoria Ave and 102 St.

The picture shows the suspect vehicle moments after the driver turned onto Victoria Ave from 102 St. Investigators believe there was more than one occupant in the vehicle.

 The victim, age 45, is receiving medical treatment in the Nanaimo hospital.

If anyone has information on the identity of the suspect vehicle or who may be associated to it, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-25532.

Police seek help to identify two women in photo

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the two woman shown in the attached photo. The two are allegedly responsible for the theft of a camera that occurred at approximately 11:45 am on Wednesday June 23, 2021, near Seto Sushi, a local sushi restaurant located at 4286 Departure Bay Road.

The owner of the camera told police he that he is an insurance adjustor and he was taking pictures of the restaurant. He forgot something in the restaurant and placed the camera on the ground for less than one minute, while he went inside.When he returned the camera was gone. He immediately called the police and reported the theft.

The investigator reviewed security footage of the parking lot. Mere seconds after the camera was placed on the ground, the two suspects could be seen walking in the direction of the camera and picking up a small black object, then walking away. Police are satisfied that the black object they picked up was the camera.

The stolen camera is a black Nikon D90 valued at almost $2000 (picture attached).

The two suspects are 20-25 years old Indigenous women. Both had long dark hair and were wearing dark pants.

If anyone has information on this incident or the identification of the two suspects, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-22893.

Man run over with car and then pepper sprayed

July 10 - The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a disturbing incident in which the driver of a small car allegedly ran over a marginalized person and then a passenger discharged pepper spray at the victim. The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 pm on Saturday July 10, 2021, on Victoria Road near 102nd St. 

Police received numerous reports from independent witnesses, that the male victim was pushing a shopping cart along Victoria Ave, when a black car with several occupants approached and stopped next to him. The victim and those in the vehicle, exchanged words, and then the driver of the suspect vehicle reportedly sped up and drove over the man knocking him to the ground.  Witnesses said one of the occupants got out of the car and discharged pepper-spray at the victim as he lay on the ground. The suspect driver then sped off in an unknown direction. 

BC Paramedics attended and transported the 45-year-old victim to the Nanaimo hospital with serious injuries. Police closed the crash scene for several hours while investigators examined the scene and collected forensic evidence. 

“This incident is extremely troubling as it appears from all accounts; the victim was targeted for being a marginalized person.  Our priority is to find out who is responsible and to ensure this does not happen again, “said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

Police gathered up the contents of the victims shopping cart and have secured them at the Nanaimo detachment until such time the victim can arrange to pick them up.

Witnesses were unable to obtain a license plate. The only description provided was that it was a small black car, possibly a GMC, and there were several occupants in it, sex unknown. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-25532.

RCMP handled 2,250 calls during May

May is traditionally a busy time for Nanaimo Mounties. The Victoria Day long weekend will see boats hitting the water for the first time, campgrounds filling up, and with COVID vaccines in full swing, bar patios filling up. All these activities combined with many more, lead to 4,250 calls for service in just one month, a 10 per cent increase from May, 2020. 

Not surprisingly, check well-being calls were the most prevalent, comprising of 7 per cent or almost 300 calls for service in the month of May alone, said Const. Gary O'Brien.

Check well-being calls often have a mental health component that requires a minimum of two police officers. Also, if it is determined that the individual being assessed requires hospitalization, the call may end up taking several hours to resolve. A significant number of these calls are now handled by the Mental Health Liaison Officer for the detachment. Cst Waltman and his team of outreach nurses, are having an significant impact on often to hard to reach repeat clients.

Next, the most prevalent calls are thefts followed by mischief and disturbances;each category making up roughly 6 percent of calls for the month. These were followed closely by traffic incidents, harassment and abandoned 911 calls

The following is a sampling of some of the calls our officers responded to in May:

Nanaimo file # 2021-16351 Any police officer will tell you that the call they are dispatched to, never ends up as it seems. On May 5th, officers responded to report of a stabbing at a home in south Nanaimo. EHS was waiting nearby for the officers to arrive so they could enter safely and treat possible victims. When officers entered the home, they did not find any victims of a stabbing but did locate two highly intoxicated adults. One was arrested for an outstanding warrant and the other for Mischief. Both were held in custody until they were deemed sober to be safely released, which is generally 4 to 8 hours.

Nanaimo file # 2021-16873 Not all check well-being calls are stressful and time consuming. On May 10th, officers responded to a home in central Nanaimo after a caller indicated that he had been unsuccessfully been trying to reach his friend and was worried for his well-being. He also said his friend had recently made some troubling comments. Later that day, officers managed to track the individual down and speak with him. He was very grateful for the check in and reassured the officers that he was OK and that he was simply going through a rough patch. He assured them his outlook was better now, and that he much to live and look forward to. He thanked the officers again for taking the time to check in on him.

Nanaimo file # 2021-18528 Just before 6 pm on Friday May 21st, a caller reported a disturbance involving a woman  in the alley way off Haliburton St. The woman was reportedly screaming at anyone who walked past, and was throwing random items at passing vehicles. Officers attended but could not locate her. Based on the description given, the officers were confident they knew who the woman was. The caller was updated and informed the officers that the woman she saw, is currently homeless and has significant mental health issues coupled with multiple drug additions. The officers assured the caller that they are working with outreach teams to provide her with support. The caller was sympathetic and thanked the officers for the update.

Nanaimo file # 2021-18497 On May 21st, police received a check well-being request for am man who had not been seen for several days. His friends were very concerned for safety. Officers responded to his last known address and managed to speak with him. When asked, he told the officers he was experiencing some significant personal issues but that he was not thinking of hurting himself. The attending officer offered to drive him to the local hospital for an assessment but the offer was declined. The caller was updated and was glad to hear his friend was doing ok.

Nanaimo file # 2021-16658 On May 8th, officers responded to an abandoned 911 call from a residence in north Nanaimo. During the month of May, police responded to almost 150 similar calls. Each requires a police response as it is unknown if it is a true emergency or simply kids pranking or an accidental dial. In this case, the attending officers spoke with a woman who was trying to make an international call and accidentally dialed 911. The officer was satisfied there was no emergency and explained to her why he attended to her home. The woman understood and apologized for taking him away from his other duties.

There are various ways crimes can be reported. Remember, 911( police, fire, ambulance) and is for emergencies only. If it is not an emergency, you can call the non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, or if you meet the following criteria the online crime reporting tool is another option:

  •  There are no witnesses or suspects
  •  The items lost or stolen are valued at less than $5000
  •  Your property or vehicle has been vandalized and it will cost less than $5000 to repair it
  •  there are no items involving personal identity, firearms, license plates or decals
  •  you have a valid email address

To access go to the online reporting tool go to https://ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nanaimo/en  
 

Hotels defrauded in internet scam

Two hotels in Nanaimo were scammed recently for almost $1,700 after being lead to believe they were responding to a legitimate request from their regional office. Both incidents took place in early June.  

The first incident involved a hotel employee receiving a telephone call from a person who called himself John Davis. Davis said he was calling from their head office and that he was having difficulty getting a package delivered to the Nanaimo hotel. Davis said the package contained the hotel’s business license and items for an upcoming health inspection. If the package was not received within 24 hours, the hotel could be shut down. Davis told the employee that the money had to be sent to Fed Ex immediately before the parcel could be delivered. The employee, who assumed that he would be reimbursed by the company, used almost $1000 of his own money and a lesser amount of company money to cover the cost of delivery.

He was then instructed to deposit the money in a nearby ATM that deals only in bitcoin. After the money was deposited, the employee spoke with their real head office and confirmed it was a scam. 

The second incident was almost identical to the first. In this an employee spent $500 of his own money and again deposited in an ATM that deals only in bitcoin.

“It’s not hard to see why people fall for these types of scams. There is an urgency to it and it seems legitimate. Employees however, must always ensure they know who they are dealing with when it comes to financial transactions and confirm by various means that the request is authentic, “said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

These following tips are provided for your financial safety:

  • Always know who you are dealing with when it involves money.

  • Double check the reference

  • Limit the amount of money employees have authority for without a second signature

  • Request the information in writing and do not accept money requests over the phone

  • Familiarize yourself on how your company conducts financial transactions. If bitcoin is not an approved method of payment, this should be a red flag

To learn more about frauds and scams go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at  https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/protect-protegez-eng.htm

Police and fire concerned about rash of fires downtown


More than 20 suspicious fires have been deliberately set in downtown Nanaimo during the past three months.

Many were minor and often involved cardboard and other flammable materials found in dumpsters. Recently though, a fire on June 4, that started outside a business on Cliff Street, caused significant damage. The fire could have spread to the interior of the business if it was not for the quick efforts of attending fire crews. The map shows a number of the fires that were reported and attended to.

"To date, our officers have identified several persons of interest who may be responsible for some of these fires. There are still many fires that remain unsolved and this is troubling”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Police and Fire investigators are co-ordinating their efforts. Fire crews, while responsible for fire suppression are in many cases first on scene. As a result, they play an integral role in the preservation and collection of forensic evidence and in identifying possible suspects and witnesses to the incident. This information is essential in order for police to move forward with their investigations.

In some cases, suspects will check out potential fire targets prior to actually setting them. Home owners and businesses should be aware of this and report this activity immediately.

Tim Doyle, Chief of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue added, "the biggest concern we have is combustible materials stored outside businesses overnight. Most are added to dumpsters that are not secured. These need to be locked and the waste material disposed of or removed from the site daily”.

 Other fire proofing tips from Chief Doyle include:

  •  Ensuring cardboard, pallets, used cooking oil, containers, Styrofoam or packing materials are removed
  •  Practise good housekeeping rules by cleaning out next to buildings, alcoves and alleyways
  •  Keep lawns mowed and other landscaping maintained to reduce flammable objects around businesses and residences

If you have any information on who may be involved in any of these fires, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. 

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

Saskatchewan RCMP officer killed in the line of duty

Const. Shelby Patton

From the Regina Leader Post
Shock, numbness and disbelief is rippling through the town of Wolseley after a Saskatchewan RCMP officer was killed during a traffic stop in the community’s downtown Saturday morning.

“That sort of thing doesn’t happen in Wolseley, ever,” Mayor Gerald Hill said Sunday. “Until yesterday.”

“On behalf of myself and council, we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family, to his colleagues and his friends,” said Hill in an interview Sunday morning. “I can only imagine what they’re going through.”

Hill said residents, as well the fire department and other RCMP officers responded to the scene. He thanked them for their dedication.

“It’s a pretty traumatic thing to have an event like that happen within our community and to deal with it first hand. It can leave an impact on our people so if you need help, go get it,” he said. “There’s resources available to them.” 

“I had to tell Constable Patton’s wife the difficult news that he is not coming home which was on of the hardest thing I ever had to do,” wrote Joseph on the GoFundMe page.

40-year-old Nanaimo woman has been found

Sarah Duguay

0612 - UPDATE  Nanaimo RCMP report that 40-year-old Sarah Duguay of Nanaimo has been found.

EARILIER STORY - On the morning of Monday June 7, a woman who identified herself as Duguay, callled the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line. The nature of the call left investigators with the sense that the caller may be experiencing a personal health crisis.

Police initiated an investigation but they have been unable to locate her. She has not been reported missing and police are simply attempting to locate her so they can check on her well-being.

Duguay is a Caucasian woman,  5 ft. 4, 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The picture was taken within the last year. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Sarah Duguay, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-20692.

Foul play ruled out in discovery of deceased woman

Foul play has been ruled out in the death of a 21-year woman. The deceased, who was identified as Deanna Williams, was located in a tent on the morning of June 2, 2021, in a marshy woody area, near the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Police along with BC Coroners Service attended. At the time, investigators did not find anything suspicious relating to her death. Later on that same day, information came to light that the deceased had sought medical treatment for an assault that occurred on May 31, 2021. As a result of this new information, the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit assumed control of the investigation. Over the course of several days, investigators spoke with numerous persons and conducted a forensic examination of the scene.

Additionally, an extensive canvass of the surrounding area and the seizure of video surveillance was completed. Medical records and statements of medical staff were also obtained. Lastly, on June 7th a forensic autopsy was completed in Victoria. The findings of the autopsy determined that the deceased had no physical injuries that contributed to her death, and as such, foul play has been ruled out. The family of the deceased have been notified. 

The BC Coroners Service is continuing with their investigation.  

Driver arrested for impaired driving following hit and run

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A 34-year-old Nanaimo man was arrested for impaired driving following a hit and run motor vehicle incident on Monday on the Nanaimo Parkway.

Police, Fire and EHS responded. At the scene was a red Toyota Corolla with significant rear end damage. The driver of the Corolla, an 18-year-old woman, was transported to the Nanaimo hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Her 19-year-old male passenger was not injured. 

Police were able to determine that the driver of the Corolla was proceeding north bound on the Parkway, when her vehicle was struck from behind by a grey Ford Ranger pick up. It appears from several accounts, the driver of the pickup, was attempting to cut in behind the Corolla when it collided with the rear end of the vehicle, causing the Corolla to spin out of control. The Corolla was destroyed and later towed from the scene.

Investigation lead police to a home in Lantzville where the suspect driver and his vehicle were located. The male driver was subsequently arrested for impaired driving after failing two breathe tests. He was then issued with a 90-day driving prohibition under the MVA, and handed several violation tickets for Failing to Remain at the scene of an accident and Drive without Consideration.  His vehicle was also seized for a 30 day impoundment. The suspect driver was not injured while his vehicle appeared to have sustained some front end damage.

RCMP looking for help to find Jolene Scott

Jolene Scott

0607 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 31-year-old Jolene Scott. On June 5, a family member  reported her missing. Investigators were told that Scott has had no contact with any of her family since last summer. Suddenly, in April, Scott sent a photo of herself getting on board a BC Ferry. Based on this recent activity preceded by months of no contact, her family is extremely worried for her safety and well-being.

Jolene Scott is of no fixed address and is known to frequent emergency shelters throughout Nanaimo. She may also be staying at various bush encampments. Scott is an Indigenous woman, 5 ft. 2, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Of note, she has a mole above her lip on the left side of her mouth and a scar above her left eye. The picture provided of Scott was taken within the last several months.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Jolene Scott, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-20483.

Body found downtown believed to be missing woman

0604 - The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating the discovery of an adult female body in downtown Nanaimo. The body was discovered by police on Thursday June 3, 2021 in the vicinity of Albert St and Victoria Crescent. The deceased was found in a small wooded ravine, and the BC Coroners Service has been advised.

Based on preliminary observations, investigators believe the deceased is 27-year-old Amy Watts, who was reported missing by her family to the Nanaimo RCMP on Thursday May 27, 2021. The family of the deceased have been notified.

A forensic autopsy will be scheduled in the near future and the investigation is continuing.

RCMP seek help is finding missing woman

Amy Watts

0531 - Amy Watts is missing. RCMP seek public assistance in locating the 27-year-old who was reported missing on May 27 by her mother in P.E.I. She has not had any contact with her family since February. This prolonged period of no contact is out of character and her family is extremely concerned for her safety and well-being.

Watts is Caucasian 5 ft. 4, 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She sometimes refers to herself as Amy Coady and the picture was taken this year. Investigators believe Watts may be in Nanaimo and they are following up on reports of possible sightings of her downtown.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Amy Watts, aka Amy Coady, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-19252.

Police trying to locate Jordan Dyer in Nanaimo

Jordan Dyer

0531 - RCMP is seeking help to find 39-year-old Jordan Dyer who has not had any contact with his family since February. His family from out of province, contacted the Nanaimo RCMP on May 27. They said he lives a transient-style lifestyle and they believe he may be involved in the drug culture of Nanaimo. They are concerned for his safety and well-being.

Dyer is 5 ft. 11, 200 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. The picture is recent. He was last seen by police on May 8, in downtown Nanaimo. There has been no further contact.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Jordan Dyer, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-19298.

RCMP repeat warnings about internet fraud

In the past month, fake tech support, gift cards and bitcoin scams have been making their way through Nanaimo. In one case, $300 was lost to fake tech support, $5,000 in a bitcoin fraud and $2,000 through a gift card scam.

Nanaimo file # 2021-18611 Fake tech support: On May 22, a Nanaimo woman received a pop up spam notification on her laptop stating that her computer’s IP address had been compromised, and for her to call tech support for assistance. The woman did so, which then lead to a 2-hour discussion with someone claiming to be with System Input Services. She was told her computer contained viruses and to remove the threats, she needed to provide her driver’s license and credit card information. Soon after, a charge of just under $300 was added to her credit card, and only then did she realize it was a scam. She has since cancelled her credit card and contacted Equifax, Trans Union and her banking institution.

Nanaimo file # 2021-17534 Gift card scam: On May 14, a Nanaimo woman received a notification from a friend on Facebook that if she purchased gift cards at Wal-Mart, she would receive grant money from the Lions Club International Giving Society. The woman went to Wal-Mart as directed to do so and purchased a total of $2,000 using several credit cards. She then learned that her friends FB account had been hacked and the message sent to her was a scam. She reported the incident to police, and her banking institution will be reimbursing her for the money lost.

Nanaimo file # 2021-16378 Bitcoin scam: On May 6, a Nanaimo man received a message about a possible investment opportunity from an old friend, through the social media platform WhatsApp. The man began to put money into the investment, and soon he was told he must pay a service fee of almost $5,000, to which he agreed to do. At this time, he expected to see a return on his investment. He was then instructed to provide banking information, and again , told he would be required to pay an exchange rate. Only then did he start to get leery of the transaction. Because financial transactions on bitcoin are untraceable, the man was not able to recoup any of his losses.

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

"Scams come in many ways and through a variety of social media platforms. The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre is an excellent resource to stay up to date on any type of scam being perpetuated in our fair city, and across Canada at any given time", said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

To contact the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre, go to https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm

UPDATE: Missing person Robert Cox has been located

Robert Cox

0518 - UPDATE: RCMP 60-year-old Robert Cox has been located after leaving his central Nanaimo residence on May 9

0517 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 60-year-old Robert Cox who has not been seen since leaving his central Nanaimo residence on May 9. Cox requires daily medication which he does not have with him. As a result, his support network and investigators are concerned for his safety and well-being.

Cox is a white male, 5 ft. 11, 300 pounds with scraggly grey hair and brown eyes. The picture provided is recent. Of note, Cox’s left thumb is amputated and he has a tattoo of an eagle on his right arm. Cox is also walking with a noticeable limp due to a recent infection on one of his legs. No clothing description was provided.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Robert Cox, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-17478.

UPDATE: Missing newcomer to Nanaimo has been found

0515 - Nanaimo RCMP report today that missing Miriam Baribeau has been located safe and sound.

 0514 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old Miriam Baribeau who has not been seen since Sunday May 9.

Investigators have been unable to contact her by phone or on any social media platforms. Due to the inability to contact her and other findings, police and friends of Baribeau are concerned for her safety and well-being.

Baribeau recently moved to Nanaimo from Quebec and speaks only broken English. She is a white female, 5 ft. 4, heavy set, with brown hair and green eyes. No clothing description was provided and the picture of her is recent.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Miriam Baribeau, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-17321.

RCMP officer injured in broadside collision

0512 – A 34-year-old man is in police custody after a botched attempt at robbing a local bank and stealing money from an elderly gentleman. The incidents occurred at approximately 2:20 pm on Tuesday May 11, 2021, at the Coast Capital Savings located in the Woodgrove Centre.

Police were initially responding to a report of a shoplifting from Sport Chek, also located in the Woodgrove Centre. In that incident, the accused had allegedly stole some clothing, and was last seen running from the store into the parking lot. with the clothing. In the parking lot, he was seen using a rock in an attempt to remove security tags from the stolen clothes. He wasn’t successful in doing so, so left the clothing behind and  decided upon robbing the nearest bank. 

Once in the bank, he demanded money from a clerk but at the last second he couldn’t go through with it and left empty-handed.  As he was leaving the bank, he attempted to take money from an elderly man who was making a withdrawal from an ATM. When confronted, the gentleman had no intentions of handing over his cash, so, once again, the suspect left empty-handed.  No weapon was produced in either incident, but threats were made.

The man ran from the Mall and made his way to Staples. Mere seconds after entering the business, responding Mounties had him in handcuffs and under arrest for his short lived crime spree.   

34 year old William Joseph Lesieur was formally charged on Wednesday May 12, 2021 with two counts of Robbery and one of Theft Under $5000. Lesieur is expected to make an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court later on this date.

UPDATE - Missing person Tracy Ferguson has been located

Tracy Ferguson

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 57-year old Tracy Ferguson. She did not arrive at her scheduled work appointment on Thursday May 6. Investigators were told by a friend of Ferguson's that this is completely out of character for her, and as a result, there is concern for her safety and well-being.

Investigators have also learned that Ferguson had been residing on a boat moored in the Anchorage Marina on Stewart Ave, but that she has not returned to the vessel since May 3.

Ferguson is a Caucasian female, 5 ft. 3, 130 pounds with long grey hair and blue eyes. The picture of her is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Tracy Ferguson, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-16683.

Police seek dash cam video of transport truck crash

0507 -  Nanaimo RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation into a collision between two transport trucks, which sent one of the drivers to hospital with life threatening injuries. The collision occurred at approximately 7:40 am on Wednesday May 5. near the intersection of Northfield Road and the Nanaimo Parkway.

The injured 35-year-old driver remains in hospital, with her condition being upgraded to stable. Police are continuing their investigation to determine what caused the two trucks to collide.  

Investigators are also asking for any drivers who have dash cam video or cell phone video of the crash, to contact the Nanaimo RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit at 250-754-2345, and quote file #2021-16244.

  • Suspect leaving through back door.

  • Extensive damage in one aisle

RCMP seek help in finding arson suspect

0507 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person shown in the attached photo. This person was seen leaving the Dollarama, located at 609 Bruce Ave, just minutes after a fire was reported inside the business. The fire caused considerable damage to one section of an aisle, and occurred at approximately 9 pm on Monday March 29, 2021.

Police and Fire crews responded. Investigators were told the store was about to close for the day when an employee notified others that there was a fire in one of the aisles. The customers were directed out of the business, sprinkler systems were activated, and fire crews were dispatched. The fire although contained to one aisle caused extensive damage to the interior of the business.

Investigators were told a male was seen in the immediate area of where the fire was started and had been inside the business for upwards of 15 minutes prior to the fire being reported. This person was seen leaving the building through the rear door, pushing a shopping cart.

The man is described as being approximately 6 ft. 5, thin build, wearing a red and pink mask and dark clothing. If anyone has information on the identity of this person, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-11254.

UPDATE: high-risk missing person has been located

Glenn Gustafson

UPDATE: Glenn Gustafson has been found.

0502 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 56-year-old Glenn Gustafson who left his family home early this morning and has not returned. His family is extremely worried for his safety and well-being and contacted the Nanaimo RCMP immediately after he left the residence.

Gustafson’s vehicle was located this morning at the end of Nova St. An RCMP Police Services Dog searched the area but was unable to locate him. Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) have been called and are currently searching that same area.

Gustafson is a Caucasian male, 6 ft. 2, 250 pounds, and the picture provided is recent.  He was last seen wearing jeans and had on t-shirt (colour unknown) and a black jacket.

If anyone sees Glenn Gustafson, do not approach him and call 911. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Gustafson, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-15844.

Nanaimo woman loses $27,000 in lottery scam

0429 - A Nanaimo woman has given up hope of recouping her money that she recently lost in a Lottery scam. In total, scammers made off with almost $27,000 after tricking her into believing she had won the grand prize in a lottery of $750 million which included a Mercedes Benz.

In March, the senior got numerous phone calls from a man said who said his name was Dave Morin. He told the woman she had won the grand prize, and that all she had to do to claim her winnings was pay some upfront taxes.

Over the course of next three weeks, the victim was called many times and instructed to purchase either Vanilla pre-paid gift cards or to send cash by mail. She was told to send the cash to various addresses across British Columbia and North America. In total, she sent almost $16,000 in cash by mail and another $10,600 in Vanilla pre-paid cards. When her prize never arrived, she spoke with a family member, who convinced her that there was no lotto and that she had been scammed. She has since changed her phone number and she no longer uses a landline.

Sadly, this happens more often that not, and in many cases the victim only realizes that they have been scammed when the prize never comes, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The Lotto scam may come in various forms. You may be contacted my email, through social media, by phone or regular mail. If you do respond, the scammers will make every effort to keep you interested and will respond almost immediately to you. Sometimes they may say they represent Readers Digest orPublisher’s Clearing House.

To protect yourself:

  • If you think it’s a scam, do not respond or simply hang up the phone
  • To win any lotto you need to purchase a ticket
  • No legitimate lotto will require you to pay any taxes
  • Don’t be pressured into providing any personal information or to send money. Call a friend or family member before making any decisions

To learn more about scams and frauds, go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm 

UPDATE - Missing youth located safe and sound

Simon Baker

0429 - Nanaimo RCMP report that 20-year-old Simon Baker who has been missing since April 21 has been located safe and sound.

0428 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 20-year-old Simon Baker who has been missing since the afternoon of Wednesday April 21. Baker was last seen leaving his home in an extremely emotional state. His family reported him missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on Tuesday, April 27. Baker did not take his wallet or cell phone with him, and based on this, his family is extremely worried for his safety and well-being.

Investigators have learned that Baker went missing under similar circumstances approximately five weeks earlier and ended up in Port Alberni. He is 6 ft.2, 220 pounds, and the picture is recent. Baker was last seen wearing a black golf shirt, grey track pants.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Simon Baker, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-15219.

RCMP trying to locate stunt biker who evaded police stop

Dirt biker refused to stop for police

0422 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the rider of a dirt bike who failed to stop for police. The incident occurred at approximately 6 pm on Saturday April 10, 2021, near the intersection of Nanaimo River Road and White Rapids Road.

The officer involved was parked roadside when he saw the bike turning right onto White Rapids Road and ne noted that the bike did not have a license plate. The officer followed the bike for a short distance until such time the bike sped off. Approximately 30 seconds later, the same bike approached going in the opposite direction. As the bike got closer, the officer could see that the rider was stunting, meaning he was driving with only one wheel on the road. The officer activated his emergency equipment and partially blocked the road in attempt to get the rider to stop however, the rider simply sped up and drove off.

Due to the risk to the public and the rider, the officer did not attempt to stop the bike and allowed it to carry on. It is unknown if the rider is man or woman as the rider was wearing a helmet with a visor. One noticeable feature of the bike is that it had gold coloured shocks.

If anyone has information on the ownership of the motorcycle or who was operating it, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-12803.

Death turns into a homicide investigation

Randell Charles Thomas

0414 - The discovery of a body on March 31 is now being investigated as a homicide. The victim was 58-year-old Randell Charles Thomas of Nanaimo. His picture is being released as investigators believe it may further the investigation. Thomas was discovered in bushes off a dirt walking trail, in the vicinity of Tamara Drive.

Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit investigators believe Thomas was involved in an altercation which ultimately lead to his death. , said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

At the time of his death Thomas was wearing dark clothing. Of note, he had on a black hoodie with a white logo on the front. Police have determined that Thomas did not live in the immediate area and it is unknown if he walked through the neighborhood prior to his death. In the days to come, investigators will be canvassing the area to speak with residents.

Investigators are focusing on the time period between 2:45 pm and 4:45 pm on March 31 and are hoping to speak with anyone who was in the area during that time period. Investigators are also asking motorists to check their dash cam video for that time period.

If you have any information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-11524.
 

Missing 16-year-old youth located safe and sound

Damien Renz

0419 - UPDATE - Damien Renz has been located safe and sound.
0413 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year old Damien Renz who has been missing since Sunday April 11. Renz was reported missing the same day to the Nanaimo RCMP the same day he left his residence.

Renz’s care providers told investigators that Renz left home in the company of two unknown females and has not been seen or heard from since. Renz is an Indigenous youth, 6 ft.3, 160 pounds, and the picture provided is recent. Renz was last seen wearing a dark coloured hoodie, grey sweatpants and white runners. Investigators believe that Renz may have travelled to Port Alberni.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Damien Renz, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-12847. 
 

UPDATE: Missing man has been located

William Robert Sport

0414 - RCMP reported today that 37-year-old William Robert Sport, who was missing, has been located safe and sound.

0413 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 37-year-old William Robert Sport whose immediate family and his friends are extremely worried for his safety and well-being.

Sport was last seen at approximately 5:30 am on Tuesday April 13, 2021, in the area of Bruce Ave and Weeks Crescent. His vehicle was recently found abandoned near that same location.

The picture provided of Sport is recent. He is an Indigenous man, 5 ft.3, 150 pounds with a tattoo on his left thumb. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of William Robert Sport, please call 911 or the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-13122.

Youth assaulted, robbed, then forced to walk home naked

0412 - A 15-year-old youth was assaulted and stripped naked at a teen gathering Friday in the vicinity of Long Lake. While being assaulted he was forced to remove his clothing then walk home naked. A 16-year-old suspect began kicking and punching the victim in the head. The suspect threw the victim’s cell phone, wallet and shoes in the lake. He then ordered the victim to remove the rest of his clothing and walk home.

As the victim was walking, a bystander providing clothing and a ride to the victim’s residence. The 15-year-old suffered numerous cuts and lacerations to his upper body and received medical treatment at his home.

Investigators obtained a video of the incident which was uploaded and widely shared on social media. “The video, which is approximately two minutes long was extremely disturbing, and witnessed by a number of youth who could be heard laughing and jeering at the victim,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The suspect was located early April 10 and arrested, after being involved, as a passenger, in an unrelated motor vehicle collision. Police attended to the collision which occurred in the vicinity of Wallace Street at Comox Avenue. Immediately following the collision, the suspect is alleged to have threatened the other driver with a metal baton. Police responded and arrested the youth, who is in police custody.

While in custody, a Judicial bail hearing was held for the 16-year old. He has been charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Robbery in the April 9 incident. He also faces charges of Uttering Threats and Possession of a Weapon in the April 10 incident.   

Although police have the video showing the assault, investigators want to speak to anyone who was present and witnessed the incident. Witnesses are asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-12767. 

RCMP investigating suspicious death

0408 - The Nanaimo RCMP is continuing the investigation after a body was discovered in bushes adjacent to the Nanaimo Parkway March 31  near Tamara Drive, just east of the Nanaimo Parkway.

Police, Fire and EHS responded. Despite emergency first aid efforts, the man could not be resuscitated and was later pronounced deceased.

The family of the 58-year-old Nanaimo man have been notified. “The deceased did sustain several injuries which investigators are attempting to understand how and when they may have occurred. As a result, the investigation is continuing.” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Investigators are asking anyone who was driving on the Nanaimo Parkway or Tamara Drive, between 4 pm to 6:45 pm on Wednesday March 31, 2021, and has dash cam or cell phone video, to please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-11524.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting an independent investigation to determine the facts surrounding the death.

The Nanaimo RCMP also wishes to advise the public that police officers with the Vancouver Island Tactical Team will be in the area of where the deceased was found on Thursday April 8, 2021. The officers will be conducting a ground search of the immediate area in relation to the investigation.

Hand tools discovered by city employee

0407 - On the morning of Wednesday April 7, a City employee, conducting a clean up in south Nanaimo, found a number of hand tools. The tools were in relatively good condition and were subsequently turned over to the Nanaimo RCMP for safekeeping.

Attached are pictures of just some of the items located. The pictures are of a Ryobi drill, a Master Craft soldering gun and a Dewalt laser level. Serial numbers on all the items found were checked and none had been reported stolen.

If you have information on the ownership of these tools, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-12338.

UPDATE missing woman has been located

Claudette Boulianne

0407 - RCMP report that a woman reported missing last week has been located.

0401 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 53-year-old Claudette Boulianne, who has been not been seen since Thursday March 25, 2021. Boulianne was reported missing on March 29th by a family member to the Nanaimo RCMP.

Investigators discovered that Boulianne had told her family that she would be traveling to Courtenay for a day trip but she did not return as expected. Her disappearance is out of character and as a result, her family is worried for her safety and well-being.

Boulianne is 5 ft. 8, slim build with brown hair and hazel eyes. The picture provided is recent. Boulianne was last seen wearing a grey sweater, brown t-shirt and multi-coloured spandex pants. Investigators have confirmed that Boulianne travelled with a friend to Courtenay on March 25th and arrived there at approximately 6 pm.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Claudette Boulianne, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-11180.

Three arrested for assaulting and threatening security guard

Nanaimo file # 2021-11118

Tuesday March 30, 2021 

Three prolific offenders were arrested Sunday evening for threatening and attempting to assault a security guard. The incident took place at approximately 7:20 pm on Sunday March 28, 2021, in the parking lot of the University Heights Mall.

The incident began when the security guard noticed that one of the three males had entered a local business. When the guard told him to leave a confrontation ensued. The man then produced a knife and was seen waving it at the guard.

The two other males surrounded the guard and were attempting to assault him when police arrived. All three suspects, ranging in ages from 25 to 37, were quickly arrested and taken into police custody. A knife and sheath was found next to one of the offenders and seized.

 All three face charges ranging from Uttering Threats, Assault and Assault with a Weapon. The three were served with documents and later released. Each is scheduled to appear in in Nanaimo Provincial court on Tuesday July 6, 2021.

The security guard was faced with an extremely dangerous situation from individuals who have shown, time and time again, a total lack of regard for law enforcement. We were fortunate to have arrived when we did in order to diffuse an extremely volatile situation, “said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Cst Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer/Crime Stoppers Coordinator
(250)755-3257 
(250)713-0701
gary.obrien@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Police investigating groping report

Person of interest

0323 - RCMP are investigating a report of a female being groped in the parking lot of the Woodgrove Centre at approximately 4:45 pm on Saturday February 20. Investigators have recently obtained a photo of a person of interest who may have information that can further the investigation.

The man shown is believed to be either Indigenous or Hispanic, 25-30 years old and approximately 5 ft. 7 to 5 ft. 10. In the photo he is wearing camo pants, dark shoes and a dark coloured hoodie with a logo on the front of The North Face. He was wearing a camo-coloured face mask.

If anyone has information on the identity of this person, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-6304. 

19-year-old youth dies in single vehicle collision in Cedar

A 19-year-old man has died as a result of injuries he sustained in a single vehicle collision. The vehicle in which the deceased was driving was located at approximately 8:30 am on Sunday March 21, 2021, in the 2400 block of Yellow Point Road. A resident of Cedar who was driving by called 911 after seeing the vehicle in the ditch.

Police, EHS, Cedar Volunteer Fire Department, and the BC Coroners Service attended. Investigators were unable to find any direct witnesses to the crash, and it is unknown exactly when the incident occurred. From the examination of the scene, it appeared the deceased was driving south along Yellow Point Road. For unknown reasons, he lost control of his vehicle and drove off the road way to the left. The vehicle coming to a rest next to a large tree. The vehicle in question, a silver Mercedes, was destroyed in the collision and later towed from the scene.

The roadway was closed for most of the day with traffic being diverted while investigators examined the scene. While the investigation is only in the preliminary stages, police are unable to rule out speed and alcohol as contributing factors in the crash. The family of the deceased has been notified.

If anyone has any pre-collision dash cam driving evidence, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-10082. 

The investigation is continuing.

Man arrested after rampage damages four police vehicles

0316 - A man is in police custody after driving his vehicle into multiple police vehicles and causing thousands of dollars in damage. The carnage was only stopped when a quick-thinking officer used his own police vehicle to pin the suspect's vehicle next to a building to prevent his escape. The incident unfolded at approximately 11:45 pm on Monday March 15, on Terminal Ave near Comox Road. There were no reported injuries to any officers involved.  

The first incident began when an officer driving a marked police vehicle, was side-swiped in the north bound lane, near the intersection of Terminal Ave and Comox Road. At the time of the collision, the officer had all of his emergency equipment and siren activated and was on his way to assist an officer with an unrelated call. 

The suspect vehicle did not stop after striking the police car and continued at a high rate of speed northbound through the intersection at Terminal and Comox. The officer was not injured and managed to broadcast a description to other officers. At the time, there were no other vehicles driving nearby.  

Moments later, an officer spotted the suspect and began following it. The older model grey pickup was followed to the intersection of Prideaux St at Fitzwilliam. The driver appeared to steer his pickup intentionally into two police vehicles that were parked on the side of the street. After colliding with these vehicles, he drove into the side of the building. As we was attempting to back up and drive away, his vehicle was pinned by the police vehicle.

The suspect got out of his vehicle and charged at the officer, who deployed his Taser, and pepper spray on the combative male. The suspect was eventually brought under control and secured with handcuffs.  

In total, two police vehicles incurred extensive damage and two others had superficial damage. All however are out of service until they can be repaired.  

“This incident highlights the dangers police officers may encounter on any given day, with individual’s who, for unknown reasons, want to cause injury to the officers or to destroy police property. Fortunately, no officers were injured in this rampage and all were able to continue on with their duties for the remainder of their shift," said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.  

The 57-year-old Nanaimo man is in police custody facing numerous Criminal Code driving charges. “Our officers have had extensive interactions with this man, with a number of the calls having a mental health component," said O’Brien. The man was expected to make an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court later Tuesday.

 

Bystanders disarm suspect in assault incident

Nanaimo RCMP responded to a report of a man assaulting another man in a parking lot of a south Nanaimo business at about 5 pm on March 14. 

When police arrived, several bystanders were able to disarm the 39-year-old suspect who had reportedly assaulted a victim by striking him with a firearm. The same bystanders also prevented the suspect from fleeing on his motorbike.

Police spoke with several witnesses and the victim and determined that that the suspect apparently arrived on a motorbike and initiated a confrontation. During the melee, the victim was struck several times with a firearm and other items. A 29-year-old woman was also arrested for her involvement in the altercation.

Officers seized two firearms; a .22 calibre rifle, loaded with 14 rounds and a .22 calibre handgun (unloaded) and several knives. The 50-year-old victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“This was a chaotic scene and officers are confident that without the assistance of the bystanders, this incident could have turned tragic,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The suspect was arrested for Assault with a Weapon, Uttering Threats and a number of firearm related charges, and was to make an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court on Monday. The woman was released from custody and further investigation will determine if charges are warranted for her involvement.

Nanaimo RCMP arrest man with ties to local drug trade

A 54-year-old Nanaimo man, well known to local Mounties for ties to fentanyl trafficking and the production of GHB, was arrested by the Nanaimo RCMP Projects Unit on March 3.

The man, who cannot be named as charges have not been laid, was the target of a drug trafficking and production investigation initiated by the local drug unit. The investigation culminated when officers witnessed the suspect making a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Terminal Park Mall. Officers quickly moved in and arrested him.

Immediately following his arrest, a search of his vehicle located 40 litres of GHB in the trunk. The investigation continued with a search warrant for the suspect’s central Nanaimo residence, and several storage lockers in south Nanaimo.

The search of the residence in a central Nanaimo motel, revealed approximately half an ounce of suspected fentanyl and another three ounces of cocaine, and a smaller quantity of methamphetamine and crack cocaine. Additionally, one litre of GHB and $1,500 in Canadian currency was seized.

Three storage lockers on a rural property south of Nanaimo were searched on March 5. One of the units was determined to be the site where the GHB was being produced. From that unit, investigators seized drug production equipment, precursors, and a small amount of GHB.

The suspect has been released with no charges as the investigation continues, but is expected to face charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x 2 (fentanyl and cocaine) and Production of a Controlled Substance (GHB).

"This is just another excellent example of our officers aggressively targeting individuals who continue to sell drugs to the vulnerable population in our community, and to those who are entrenched in the vicious cycle of drug addiction", said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaino RCMP.

Lug nuts loosened on vehicles, potential tragedy avoided

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating two reports of lug nuts on vehicle wheels being loosened. Both incidents occurred during the day on Wednesday March 10, 2021 while the vehicles were parked, in the parking lot adjacent to the Serauxmen baseball stadium, located at 745 Third St. In one incident, a tire actually came loose while the vehicle was being driven.

The first incident involved a 2008 Dodge Caliber. The vehicle owner said he parked his vehicle at 8:10 am then returned at 12:10 pm. He drove out of the parking lot and the lug nuts had been tampered with. After about 8 minutes of driving he began to notice a strong vibration coming from his rear passenger side tire. He drove for a short distance then pulled to the side of Bowen Road, near Bowen Park. Just as he was bringing his vehicle to a stop, he watched in shock as rear tire came loose. It rolled almost 200 metres through the park before coming to a rest near the tennis courts.

The youth called his father and the two of them managed to retrieve the tire and safely secure it in place. He then told his friends about his experience, and in doing so may have averted a second incident. 

Another 17-year-old who also parked his vehicle in the same lot, had just returned to his pickup truck and immediately checked the lug nuts. The nuts on his rear passenger tire had been loosened. He secured them, and safely drove off. His vehicle had been parked three stalls away from the first vehicle.

“These were extremely dangerous and malicious acts of vandalism that could have had tragic consequences", said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. The RCMP would like to hear from anyone whose lug nuts were loosened but did not report it to the police. If anyone has information on either of these incidents, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-8674.

Man dies in crash of off-road vehicles

A 21-year-old man has been killed in a collision between his off-road motorcycle and an all-terrain (side by side) vehicle Sunday, near Boomerang Lake.

Several witnesses reported the collision and immediately dialed 911. Due to the remote location, EHS was unable to attend by road. BC Air Ambulance was directed to the location and landed just before 4 pm, approximately one kilometre from the site. The victim was then transported to a Victoria hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators spoke with a number of witnesses who indicated the victim had been riding a 350 cc motorcycle and was with another man who was riding his own bike. Both men were heading back into Lantzville when the victim collided with one of three westbound all-terrain vehicles. The driver of the side by side was not injured. Both the motorcycle and the ATV will undergo mechanical inspections.

“The investigation is only in the preliminary stages. Along with the BC Coroners Service being advised, investigators will be examining a number of factors that may have contributed to the fatal collision, such as speed of the vehicles, road and weather conditions and any alcohol consumption," said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Investigators are asking for anyone who may have information and has not previously spoken with investigators, to contact the Nanaimo RCMP. Additionally, if anyone has knowledge of any pre-collision driving or information on the behaviour of the parties involved, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-8241.

 

Crime Stoppers boosts Community Policing

Cst. Gary O'Brien and Christy Wood.

0308 - Recently, the Nanaimo & District Crime Stoppers has presented the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section with a cheque for $1,000 to assist with carrying out community Safety Audits program. 

As shown in the attached picture, accepting the cheque on behalf of the Community Policing Section, is Christy Wood, Community Policing Co-ordinator for the Nanaimo RCMP. Presenting the cheque to her is Cst Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers Co-ordinator.

As previously reported, the community Safety Audits is a hands on initiative whose goal is to prevent and reduce crime in selected neighbourhoods throughout Nanaimo. Go HERE to find out more about this excellent program. 

Drone owner offers reward for return of stolen items

A Nanaimo man is offering a reward for the return of key parts to his drone that were stolen during a recent vehicle break in. The theft occurred sometime during the day on Monday February 15, 2021, from his vehicle that parked in the 2500 block of Departure Bay Road.  

The owner of the Mitsubishi Outlander told police he had inadvertently left the controller for his drone, batteries for the drone, various keys, change and other small items in his vehicle overnight. He is offering a private reward in the amount of $300 for information the leads to the location of the stolen items, and to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft.  It should be noted that the monetary reward is being offered by the owner, and will be managed by the owner, not the RCMP.  

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-5708.

Police trying to identify hit-and-run driver

0305 - UPDATE - The Nanaimo RCMP advise that the woman and man originally identified as persons of interest in the hit and run, have been identified. The female has spoken with investigators and reaffirmed that that there is no connection between herself and the man with the driver of the suspect vehicle. As a result, their pictures have been removed.

EARLIER STORY - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run incident. Investigators are also attempting to identify two people of interest who may have witnessed the collision. The incident occurred at approximately 9 pm on Wednesday February 3, 2021, in the parking lot of the 7-11, located at the corner of Fifth St and Bruce Ave. The pictures attached shows the suspect vehicle speeding away, and the unidentified man and woman.

Police and EHS attended. The victim, age 37, suffered lacerations to his head and was later transported to the Nanaimo hospital for treatment. Officers spoke with several witnesses who said that the suspect driver was seen backing out of a parking stall on the west side of the 7-11. The vehicle then accelerated forward approximately 30 feet and struck the victim. The impact of the collision caused the victim to flip over the hood of the vehicle then fall to the ground. The driver did not stop and continued out of the parking lot. The vehicle was seen driving through the stop sign at Fifth and Bruce Ave without stopping, and continuing southbound on Bruce Ave.

Investigators are confident that the unidentified man and woman are not involved in the hit and run. They were however seen speaking with the suspect driver just prior to the collision, and therefore they may be able to provide information that can further the investigation", said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-4180.

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run incident. Investigators are also attempting to identify two people of interest who may have witnessed the collision. The incident occurred at approximately 9 pm on Wednesday February 3, 2021, in the parking lot of the 7-11, located at the corner of Fifth St and Bruce Ave. The pictures attached shows the suspect vehicle speeding away, and the unidentified man and woman.

Police and EHS attended. The victim, age 37, suffered lacerations to his head and was later transported to the Nanaimo hospital for treatment. Officers spoke with several witnesses who said that the suspect driver was seen backing out of a parking stall on the west side of the 7-11. The vehicle then accelerated forward approximately 30 feet and struck the victim. The impact of the collision caused the victim to flip over the hood of the vehicle then fall to the ground. The driver did not stop and continued out of the parking lot. The vehicle was seen driving through the stop sign at Fifth and Bruce Ave without stopping, and continuing southbound on Bruce Ave.

Investigators are confident that the unidentified man and woman are not involved in the hit and run. They were however seen speaking with the suspect driver just prior to the collision, and therefore they may be able to provide information that can further the investigation", said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-4180.

Can you identify these break-in suspects?

03/02 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two men in relation to a recent break and enter. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 pm on Thursday February 25, at the Nanaimo Harbour View Manor, at 275 Nicol St. Surveillance cameras captured images of the two suspects in the building parking lot. The same two were later seen attempting to break open a locked door to the building. It is unknown if they were successful in gaining entry and if anything was stolen. Both suspects are heavy set and were wearing dark clothing. If you have information on their identities, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-6953. 

Taggers get tagged by Mounties

02/26 - Nanaimo RCMP officers recently caught a break when three adult taggers were discovered in the act of spray painting public property. The incident occurred at approximately 9 pm on Monday February 15, 2021, in Maffeo Sutton Park. 

Officers were alerted to the incident by a witness who reported seeing the three men spray painting throughout the park. When the officers arrived, the suspects attempted to leave. Other officers however, quickly located the three and arrested them all for Mischief.

Officers returned to park where the suspects had been seen spray painting and noted several fresh tags done in green paint. The paint found, coincidentally, matched the green paint on the hands and clothing of all three suspects. The officers then walked through the park and located several utility boxes and garbage cans that had also been freshly tagged with the same coloured paint.  Items seized from the suspects included nine spray cans, numerous black markers and dozens of spray nozzles of various sizes. The three suspects, ranging in age from 32 to 36, were later released unconditionally from police custody while the investigation continued.

“The officers are consulting with city officials before laying charges to determine the actual cost to remove the paint and restore the property to its original state.” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

Every year graffiti tags on public and private property cost thousands of dollars and many hours to remove. Some items are permanently defaced and need to be replaced. If graffiti tags appear in your neighbourhood, contact the City of Nanaimo Bylaws at 250-755-4422. They can provide direction on the clean up and offer free graffiti wipes to assist with the clean up on private property.

 

Man stabbed in dispute outside Park Place Mall store

A 50-year-old man suffered minor non-life threatening injuries after an altercation at the parking lot of  Port Place Mall at approximately 6 pm on Wednesday outside the Dollarama store.

Investigators spoke with the victim’s wife, who said she was standing outside her car with her family when the suspect walked by. Her 25-year-old daughter told the suspect that he was too close to them, and due to COVID-19 protocols, he should maintain a six-foot separation. The suspect yelled obscenities at her. The victim moved toward the suspect and he was struck with a metal coffee cup. A fight ensued and several moments later the man was stabbed. The suspect left on foot and she called 911. The knife was recovered at the scene. 

The victim wastaken to hospital for treatment. Approximately one hour later, information was received that the suspect was on Gabriola Island. Gabriola Island RCMP officers attended to the suspect's residence and arrested him without incident. The suspect was taken to Nanaimo and turned over to Nanaimo RCMP officers.

The suspect was served with an Undertaking for Assault with a Weapon and released from custody. His first court appearance is set for May 25, in Nanaimo Provincial court.

Mounties issue COVID tickets to two BC ferries passengers

Just after midnight on Sunday February 21,  Nanaimo RCMP were called to the Departure Bay ferry terminal to meet the Queen of Cowichan, that was arriving from Horseshoe Bay. The attending officers were told that two passengers were being escorted off the ferry after refusing to follow COVID protocols while onboard. 

BC ferries staff informed the officers that the two women, ages 19 and 43, were walk on passengers, and immediately upon boarding the ferry were advised that all passengers were required to wear masks. The two ignored the warning and walked past the BC Ferries employee, and on to the ferry. They continued to ignore other employees demands to wear masks, and throughout the sailing were heard yelling, screaming and generally being abusive to staff. When the ferry docked in Nanaimo, officers arrested them for Mischief and Cause Disturbance.

The officers noted that the two women showed signs of impairment by alcohol and were quite confrontational with the officers. In fact, one of them screamed at an officer that she was going to kill him. The other said that she would sue both officers for false arrest and ensure they lost their pensions. The officers did not respond to these threats but did arrest them for being intoxicated in a public place. The two women were escorted to the Nanaimo detachment and lodged in cells for the remainder of the evening.

Several hours later and when sober, the woman were served with violation tickets under the Emergency Program Act (COVID-19) Face Coverings Order for Failure to Wear Face covering ($230), and Abusive or Belligerent behaviour ($230).

“It should be noted that the two had reusable non-medical masks in their possession at all times but simply chose to not to wear them. Additionally, the arresting officers elected not to pursue the criminal charges.” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Police investigating after woman was groped

0224 – The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating an incident in which a female was groped by a stranger in the parking lot of the a Mall. The incident occurred at approximately 4:45 pm on Saturday February 20, 2021, in the west parking lot of the Woodgrove Centre, near the bus loops.

The female told police she walked out of the Mall to her vehicle that was parked about ten stalls from the Mall exit. As she was standing at her door, a male came up from behind her and groped her from behind. In a state of disbelief and shock, she yelled several obscenities at the man, and watched as he walked off in the direction of the bus loop.

The suspect is described as follows:

  •  Dark skin,
  •  25 years old, 5 ft. 7 to 5 ft. 8 
  •  Dark spikey gelled hair
  •  Black hoodie, black COVID mask

Investigators are reviewing Mall video surveillance in and outside of the Mall. A composite sketch is also being considered and when completed, it will be released to the public. said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Warrants issued for violent Nanaimo man

Brian Sutherland

02/22 – Warrants have been issued for 31-year-old Brian Sutherland for Uttering Threats and Mischief, after he allegedly broke the front door and smashed a window to a home in south Nanaimo. The incident occurred just after midnight on Thursday February 18. 

When police arrived at the residence, Sutherland had fled. Investigators spoke with the woman who was inside the home at the time of the incident. She said that Sutherland showed up and demanded to be allowed in. When she refused, he repeatedly kicked at the front door, then threw a ceramic tile through a side window. A RCMP Police Dog attended but was unable to establish a track for Sutherland. 

Brian Sutherland is 5 ft. 7, 180 pounds, and the picture provided is recent. Of note, he has a tattoo of a death cross on his right forearm. Sutherland is of no fixed address and should be considered violent. 

If you have information on the whereabouts of Brian Sutherland, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-5924.

UPDATE – Axel Lambert has been found

Axel Lambert

UPDATE - RCMP REPORT THAT 23-year-old Axel Lambert has been found safe and soound.

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 23-year-old Axel Lambert. Lambert left his family home in the early evening of Tuesday February 16, 2021 and had not been seen or heard from since. He does not drive, he left his bicycle at home and Lambert has a very limited social circle. His disappearance is out of character which has his family concerned for his safety and well-being.

Lambert is 6 ft. 2, 160 pounds and sports beard and moustache. The picture provided was taken within the last year but shows Lambert without the beard and moustache. No clothing description is available.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Axel Lambert, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-6018.

RCMP seek help in finding your missing for second time

Brandon Sheldon

The Nanaimo RCMP seek help in locating 15-year-old Brandon Sheldon, who is missing for the second time in a week. He left his north Nanaimo home in the evening Tuesday and has not returned. 

He had most recently left his home Feb. 12 when he left home and was not located until Feb. 15. He has a history of going missing for upwards of five days at a time. He has significant medical issuesand  his caregivers are worried for his safety and well-being.

Sheldon is 5 ft. 11, 150 pounds. He has dental braces. Sheldon was last seen wearing a grey jacket, tan coloured pants and white runners. Investigators are following up on information that he may be in the Ladysmith area. 

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Brandon Sheldon, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-5790.

 

Police seek suspect who fled from crashed stolen car

RCMP are trying to locate a driver suspected of stealing a car before rolling it off the Old Island Highway, near Dorman Road, Wednesday afternoon and running away.

The car was travelling north when it rolled off the road and into a grassy median. Witnesses say the driver then ran away carrying three red bags. A driver who stopped at the crash scene told police he took the driver from the scene to Country Club Mall where he then took a taxi.

The suspect is 25 and 30 years old, around 130 pounds and having a gapped tooth. He was wearing a blue hoody and a ball cap at the time.

Police have a person of interest but asking the public for any video they might have of the incident. The car had been reported stolen from Albert Street at 10:30 in the morning.

RCMP make quick arrest of armed shoplifter

Nanaimo Mounties were in the right spot at the right time when they arrested a 36-year-old shoplifter who minutes before had threatened to stab store employees with a knife. The incident occurred at approximately 3 pm on Saturday February 13, at the Canadian Tire located on Uplands Drive.

Officers with the Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes Unit just happened to be driving by that location when they heard a broadcast of a shoplifter waving a knife at employees if they tried to stop him from leaving. The officers learned that the suspect was now walking away and was being followed by several employees. These employees were providing real time updates on their location. The employees did not attempt to stop the individual and followed the suspect from a safe distance. Less than one minute later, the officers spotted the suspect near the intersection of Uplands Drive and Oliver Road.

The officers quickly surrounded the man, forced him to the ground then safely arrested him. When the man was secured in handcuffs the officers searched his clothing and located two folding knives in his pants pockets, along with small amount of suspected fentanyl and heroin. Also found was a mall bottle of bonding agent, allegedly stolen from Canadian Tire. Upon his arrest, the suspect provided a false name to the officers as well as identification for another person, and was subsequently arrested for Obstruction.

Jackson Filgate was later released from police custody with his next court appearance set for March 2, 2021 in Nanaimo Provincial court. Filgate faces charges of Theft Under $5000, Possession of Stolen Property under $5000, Utter Threats, Possess a Controlled Substance x 2, and Obstruction.

. said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

RCMP want to hear about crime in your neighbourhood

The Nanaimo RCMP in partnership with the City of Nanaimo and fourth year criminology students will conduct safety audits in selected neighbourhoods throughout Nanaimo.

Safety Audits have been utilized in many cities throughout Canada and the US, and have been shown to be quite effective in addressing safety challenges in any neighbourhood. For some residents in Nanaimo, there is an increased feeling of fear that comes with an increase in crime activity. Over time, this has shown to undermine the safety and security of our communities and weakens the cohesiveness of our neighbourhoods, said Christy Wood, Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Coordinator. The goal of the Safety Audits project is to will work in partnership with neighbourhoods to find ways to reduce opportunities for crime and incorporate relevant crime prevention programming.

So how does it work? Collaboration is the keystone to its success. The Community Policing Program will be partnering with a variety of people and organizations, including criminology students, Neighbourhood Associations, local decision makers and residents from our communities. Residents will have an opportunity to share their experiences and perceptions of crime in their neighbourhoods. This will assist in gaining a better understanding of how Nanaimo’s communities are affected by crime and will help guide our efforts to address some of these issues and concerns.

What are the benefits of conducting Safety Audits? This project will benefit neighbourhoods in a variety of ways. By allowing residents to voice their experiences with neighbourhood crime, residents will be able to directly influence the direction of the project. This will help to create a stronger cooperative relationship between these neighbourhoods and the Nanaimo RCMP. It will also help create familiarity amongst members of these neighbourhoods, as they work together to identify crime in their area. Findings from a Safety Audit can help police and decision makers identify priorities and incorporate crime prevention measures that can directly target these areas, leading to safer and healthier neighbourhoods.

When can we expect Safety Audits to start? Audits are expected to take place in March 2021. Currently, the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Unit, the 4th year criminology students, and the Nanaimo detachments crime analyst, are working to identify neighbourhoods that would positively be impacted by a Safety Audit. Once these neighbourhoods have been identified, specific neighbourhoods will be contacted and engaged.

Residents wishing to participate can provide input via an online survey and/or participate in the Audit itself. All personal information will be kept confidential and responses will also be kept anonymous. Time commitment required varies from a few minutes to 2-3 hours depending on the level of involvement.

I am looking forward to hearing from residents about the concerns they have and the pressures they are experiencing in their respective neighbourhoods. I believe the Safety Audits are an excellent means to gather meaningful input from residents, and to assist us in finding relevant ways to address crime throughout our community, said Inspector Lisa Fletcher, Acting Officer in Charge for the Nanaimo RCMP detachment.

If you are interested in being part of this project or would like more information, please visit nanaimocpvolunteers.ca or email Christy Wood, Community Policing Coordinator at Christy.wood@rcmp-grc.gc.ca 

Police seek witnesses to assault and robbery

Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in regards to an incident in which a man was assaulted then robbed in downtown Nanaimo. The incident occurred at approximately 5 am on Monday February 8, 2021, near the intersection of Front St at Bastion St.

Police spoke with the 33-year-old victim shortly after the incident. The investigator noted that he had some swelling on the right side of his mouth and several small cuts to his right hand. The victim said he went for an early morning walk to photograph and video some of the downtown core. Near the intersection of Front at Bastion St, he was met by two men and a woman. The woman saw that the victim was had his cell phone out and she began yelling at him and accusing him of recording her. 

One of two men accompanying the woman, then walked up to the victim and punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground. The victim said he lost consciousness for a short period of time.  When he came to, his cell phone and wallet were gone. He made his way to the Coast Bastion Hotel and with the assistance of a security guard, he retrieved his phone and personal identification from the three individuals. 

The victim said he did not know the three adults and could provide only limited descriptors. He said the woman had red hair, and the man who punched him was Caucasian, with black hair and wore a black/white baseball cap. No description could be provided for the third man.

If anyone has information on this incident or the identity of any of the three suspects, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-4711.

Police officer injured in rollover motor vehicle incident

A Nanaimo Mountie was admitted to the Nanaimo hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, after his police vehicle hit a patch of ice, went off the road way then flipped several times. The incident occurred at approximately 9 am on Monday February 15, 2021, on Highway 19A, just south of the Oliver Road and Highway 19A intersection.

The officer, who was travelling northbound with his emergency equipment activated and siren on, was enroute to assist another officer when the incident occurred. When his vehicle came to a rest upside down, he managed to crawl out of the vehicle and request emergency assistance. 

A witness to the incident reported the officer appeared to be traveling at or slightly above the posted speed limit and in a reasonable manner just prior to his vehicle hitting the slush/ice.

If anyone witnessed the incident and has dash cam footage, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.See photo at NEWSNOW 

UPDATE – missing youth has been located

Brandon Sheldon

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Brandon Sheldon who has not been seen since Thursday February 11, 2021. Sheldon was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP the same day he went missing. Given his age and the lack of information on his whereabouts, his caregivers are extremely worried for his safety and well-being. 

Sheldon is 5 ft. 11, 150 pounds. He wears braces on his teeth, and the pictures provided are recent. Sheldon was last seen wearing a grey jacket, tan coloured pants and white runners.  

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Brandon Sheldon, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-5179.

Do you know where Nathaniel Biernacyzk is?

Nathaniel Biernacyzk

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 23-year-old Nathaniel Biernacyzk who has not been seen since Saturday February 13, 2021, and was also reported missing the same day to the Nanaimo RCMP. Family members are extremely concerned for Biernacyzk’s well-being.

Biernacyzk is 5 ft. 8, 170 pounds, with short blonde hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is recent. While it has not been confirmed, he is believed to be wearing a black jacket, camouflage patterned pants, and a grey toque. All local shelters have been checked and his cell phone is not active.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Nathaniel Biernacyzk, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-5408.

 

Warrant issued for Nanaimo man

Shaun Wiebe

A warrant of arrest has been issued for 43-year-old Shaun Wiebe of Nanaimo for Fraud under $5,000. 

Wiebe is accused of taking a Yeti bag off a display rack, then fraudulently returning it for cash value at Cabelas in North Nanaimo on February 7. Attempts to locate him have proven negative and it is believed that he is actively avoiding attempts by police to locate him.   

Wiebe is well known to local police and has friends and family throughout central Vancouver Island. He is 6 ft. 3, 170 pounds, and the picture is recent. Of note, Wiebe has a tattoo of a skull on his right arm and a picture of King Tut on his left arm.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Shaun Wiebe, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-5045.

Canada-wide warrant issued for Nanaimo man

Jesse Goodale

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Jesse Goodale, 30, for breaching the terms of his Statutory release. He was released from a federal penitentiary in January after serving the majority of his sentence for aggravated assault. Upon his release, he was court ordered to live at the Salvation Army in Victoria. He did not return for the night on Wednesday and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Goodale is originally from Nanaimo and has family and friends throughout Nanaimo and central Vancouver Island. He is 5 ft. 11, 220 pounds, and the picture was taken in August, 2020. It is believed that he now has a beard. He has numerous tattoos; JJ on his right arm, WEED on his left hand, and M.H. and CROWN on his right hand.

He should be considered violent. If you know the whereabouts of Jesse Goodale, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345

 

Police want to identify suspects in theft from Cabelas

Suspects leaving Cabelas store

Nanaimo RCMP seek public assistance in identifying the man and woman in the photo, suspected of stealing a set of walkie-talkies and headset from Cabelas. Total value of the items is $140. The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 4.

Police were called by a Loss Prevention Officer at Cabelas who witnessed the incident. He said he reviewed the surveillance video of the couple as they selected the items then allegedly placed them in the woman’s purse. They then walked out of the store without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise.

If you have information on the identify of these two individuals, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-4410.

RCMP asking for help to find missing man

Daniel O’Sullivan

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 32-year-old Daniel O’Sullivan who has not been seen since Friday February 5.

O’Sullivan was reported missing on February 8. He is of no fixed address and efforts to locate him have proven unsuccessful.

O’Sullivan is a Caucasian male, 6 ft. 190 pounds, and the picture is recent. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Daniel O’Sullivan, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-4762.

Police believe home invasion was a tragetted incident

Police believe a violent home invasion Monday evening was a targeted incident. Police responded to a condominium in the 700 block of Poplar Street. Two masked men, one armed with a machete, broke into an apartment building, assaulted a resident and stole a back pack.  

Police were told two men burst in through the unlocked main door. One of the three residents was struck with the broad side of the machete but was not cut. The suspects were inside the apartment for less than a minute, and grabbed the back pack and fled through the patio door. 

Both are believed to be Caucasian, approximately 5 ft. 10 inches tall. One wore a white jacket, while the other had dark clothing. One of the suspects walked hunched over, and often looked down at his feet when he stood. 

RCMP Police Dog Services attended and tracked the suspects to the area of Departure Bay Motel where the track ended.  

Constable Gary O’Brien of the RCMP said the public is not at risk because it was a targeted incident. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-4796.

Unsolved crimes and suspicious occurrences in January

0209 – If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote the respective file number.

Nanaimo file # 2021-2329 Sometime between January 3rd and January 15th, an unknown person gained access to a garage in the 2900 block of Meadow Drive. Taken was an electric Raleigh bicycle, a new 55 LG TV, and a TV mount.

Nanaimo file # 2021-771 On January 7th, a woman responded to a link forwarded to her from a friend on Facebook concerning a cash prize of $150,000 from Publisher’s Clearing House. The victim opened the link then began to correspond with an unknown person about claiming the grand prize. She was told that in order to claim the prize, she needed to send the unknown person $1700. After sending the money, all correspondence broke off with this person. Needless to say, she did not win the Grand Prize. This type of scam is very common and unfortunately many fall for it. A legitimate lottery will NEVER require you to send money in advance of claiming a prize. Additionally, in order to win a lotto, you need to purchase a ticket in order to win. To learn more about current scams, go to the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/scams-fraudes/azindex-eng.htm

Nanaimo file # 2021-2710 On January 20th, a parcel was stolen after being delivered to the front door of a home on Vanderneuk Road. The parcel contained textbooks for a course the recipient was enrolled in at Thompson River University. The cardboard box that the textbooks were delivered in was later found discarded in the bushes a short distance from the home.

Nanaimo RCMP file # 2021-2593 Sometime around January 23rd, a shed located in the 700 block of Brechin Road was broken into. The door to the shed had been forced open and taken was a blue and silver Rocky Mountain bike (no serial number provided).

Nanaimo file # 2021-3158 Sometime overnight on Wednesday January 27th, a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Newcastle Ave was broken into. The rear window was smashed and taken was various plumbing, electrical and hand tools, with brand names of Rigid and Husky. Many of the items were stored in a green bag with black straps, while others were kept in a smaller red Husky tool bag.

Nanaimo file # 2021-3502 At approximately 8 pm on Friday January 29th, a resident on Bella Vista reported a suspicious occurrence. The caller told police a Caucasian male came to her front door claiming to be collecting donations for UNICEF. The man was wearing a vest and had a lanyard with a badge around his neck. No money was given out and he left a few moments later. The complainant found this suspicious given the current COVID-19 situation and that the individual did not go to another homes on the street to collect donations/ No other reports were received by the Nanaimo RCMP about this person.

Excessive speed leads to impaired driving charge

0205 – A Nanaimo RCMP officer conducting speed enforcement along Highway 19A got quite the shock when his police Laser unit registered the speed of an approaching vehicle at 137 kph, while driving in a posted 70 kph zone. The incident took place at approximately 9 pm on Tuesday February 2, 2021 on Highway 19A near the Nanaimo Golf Course at Dorman Road.

The officer quickly turned his vehicle around and stopped the older model Hyundai Elantra. The officer noted that the driver, a woman in her early twenties with two passengers, displayed strong symptoms of impairment by alcohol.

The officer read her the breath demand and she provided two breath samples; both samples registering a Fail. The driver was  promptly served with a 90-day Notice of Driving Prohibition under the MVA. Additionally, her vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded for 30 days. Lastly, she was served with a $483 violation ticket for Excessive speed. At this point, the officer assisted her in arranging for a sober driver to attend and safely drive her and her friends home.

Break, enter and theft at Green Thumb Nursery

Stock photo of wood splitter like the one that was stolen

Green Thumb Nursery on Hammond Bay Road was broken into on Thursday morning. Security cameras were activated at 4:40 am as one of their service trucks was being driven out the front gate, along with a 20-ton wood splitter. 

It appeared thieves entered the nursery by climbing over the perimeter fence on the north side of the property. Once on the property, one of their sheds was rummaged through until keys for the truck were found. 

The stolen truck is a late 80s burgundy coloured Ford Ranger pickup, that was only used for work in the nursery. It had no insurance, no plates and was in poor mechanical condition.  Owners were doubtful the truck could be driven any significant distance.

After breaking the lock off of the front gate, the truck was driven in an unknown direction. Of note, there were at least 50 assorted stickers attached to the rear window of the truck. The yellow Champion wood splitter would have been loaded into the back of the truck.

Investigators found evidence by the front gate, most likely left behind by an individual standing look out during the break and enter. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-4078. The investigation is continuing.

Man arrested up Island after truck stolen in Nanaimo

A 22-year-old man was arrested in Campbell River Tuesday after a Fortis truck at work site in the the 600 block Brechin Road in Nanaimo. 

Fortis employees were working on a gas leak near the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Brechin Road.  An RCMP officer was also present, assisting with traffic control when just before 1 pm, the officer saw a man running down the street yelling “he stole the truckhe stole the truck”. The officer who was out of his vehicle at the time, broadcast the license plate and a brief description of the stolen truck. The officer ran back to his vehicle in an attempt to locate the truck but was unsuccessful.

A few minutes later another officer spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Comox Road and Terminal Ave. When the officer activated his emergency equipment and siren, the suspect driver sped off and in doing so, drove over the curb, almost striking a traffic standard. The officer decided to shut off his emergency equipment and not follow the vehicle as the risk to the public was significant.  

Other unmarked police vehicles soon spotted the vehicle and followed it out of Nanaimo northward as far as Campbell River. 

At that time, the Campbell River RCMP assumed control of the investigation. Later that same day, the suspect driver was arrested in possession of the vehicle. He was taken into custody on one count of Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000, and was set to appear in Campbell River Provincial court this afternoon.

One taken to hospital after cars crash

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut the the door off one of two vehicles in a crash on Departure Bay Road on Sunday night. An SUV and a car were wrecked in the crash about 10 p.m. near Doctors Road. The driver’s-side door of the SUV was removed and a woman placed onto a stretcher and taken to hospital with unknown injuries. The crash is under police investigation. Firefighters cut into the hood of the car to power down the vehicle before it was towed. MORE

Police Dog Luca nabs wanted man

Hi, I'm Luca, pleased to meet you.

A man who was wanted on 10 outstanding warrants decided he would take his chances at out running two Nanaimo Mounties. What he didn’t realize though that sitting patiently beside the two officers was RCMP Police Dog Luca. The incident occurred at approximately 11 am on Wednesday, near Seventh Street and Victoria Road.

The officers were conducting a training session with Luca, when they spotted the 35-year-old man walking road side. One of the officers recognized him from previous interactions, and knew that there were multiple warrants for his arrest. The officer also knew that if they tried to arrest him, he would run to avoid being arrested.

Cpl Muir, Luca’s handler, and the other officer drove up next to the man in an unmarked vehicle and advised him that he was under arrest. Sure enough, without any hesitation, he took off running. Cpl Muir then opened the door and Luca quickly begin pursuing the man. Moments later, Luca had him apprehended, and in the process the man received several minor dog bites that did not require medical attention.

He was taken to the Nanaimo detachment where he was held in custody for court on Thursday. His warrants ranged from Breach of Undertaking x 6, theft, obstruction and Robbery. He appeared in court later in the day and was remanded into police custody until Feb. 2.

Thieves still getting caught with bait bikes

Register your bike with Project 529

Recent successes with the Nanaimo RCMP Bait Bike program attest to its effectiveness. Two local men, two days apart, were nabbed by Nanaimo Mounties within minutes of stealing a Bait bike. Both men have been charged and are before the courts. 46-year-old Joshua Susee-Holmes and 45-year-old Leslie Winterburn were found in possession of stolen Bait bikes and charged with Theft under $5,000.

On January 13, a Bait bike was deployed in downtown Nanaimo. Not long afterwards, officers observed that the bike had been stolen. Officers arrested Susee-Holmes with the bike. At the time of his arrest, he was less than 100 yards from where the bike was deployed. Susee-Holmes was arrested for theft. He was also found to be in possession of a stolen cheque and debit card.

On January 15, a Bait bike was deployed at an undisclosed location. Again, the bike was stolen, and just seven seven minutes later Winterburn was arrested with the Bait bike. He was also found in possession of several grams of suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl, and faces two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking under the CDSA.

. said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Bait Bikes come in all sizes, shapes and colours and are deployed throughout the city. Don’t take the bait because you will get caught.

Always lock your bike and ensure it is registered at Project 529. To find our more a about this effective bike registry program currently being used by many police agencies, go to Project 529 at https://project529.com/garage

Woman seriously injured as she fights off car thief

0128 – A woman in her sixties suffered serious injuries when she fended off an attempted car theft at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital at about 7:30 pm on Wednesday.

The woman told police she had just sat down in the driver's seat when she was attacked by an 18-year-old female. The suspect wielded a two-foot piece of wood, repeatedly struck the victim while yelling at her to get out her car. The victim refused while fending off the blows. She was dragged out of her vehicle and the suspect tried to start the car but was unsuccessful as she did not have the FOB.  Security and other employees came to her rescue and the suspect was taken into custody. The victim was treated at the hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators learned the suspect had been brought to the hospital earlier by a family member concerned about her erratic behaviour. Before she could be admitted, she ran off and initiated the incident. Police arrested her for Assault Causing Bodily Harm and she was then admitted to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

UPDATE: Missing woman has been found

Tammy Riley

UPDATE: RCMP reported today that Tammy Riley, who was reported missing, has been found safe and sound.

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 45-year-old Tammy Riley who has not been seen since Jan. 21. An acquaintance notified the Nanaimo RCMP on January 26th and a missing persons investigation was initiated. Her disappearance is out of character, and investigators are concerned for her safety and well-being. 

The last contact with Riley was by phone and at that time, it was believed she was in Vancouver. Investigators are following up on information provided that she may be heading to Manitoba to visit family. Riley is Caucasian, 5 ft. 7, 180 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is recent. Of note, she has one tattoo of a flower on her left shoulder.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Tammy Riley, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-3065.

Arrest warrants issued for property crimes suspect

Jesse Savidant

0215 – Nanaimo RCMP report that arrest warrants have been issued for Jesse Savidant, 31, for possession of stolen property and breach of release conditions. He is suspected of committing property crimes throughout the central Island and failed to turn up for his court appearance last month.

The warrants were issued after Savidant failed to appear in provincial court in Nanaimo in late December.

Savidant, of no fixed address, is 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, and has several tattoos, including one of a rose on his left arm, flames on his right arm and ‘Tribal’ on his upper right arm.

He has been the subject of numerous police investigations from Port Alberni and Oceanside to West Shore. He has contacts throughout the central Island and should be considered violent, say police

Anyone with information on Savidant’s whereabouts is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP’s non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2020-37470.

Canada-wide warrant issued for property crime suspect

Peter Ludvigson

0125 – A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for 45-year-old Peter Ludvigson of Nanaimo.

Ludvigson had been released in December, 2020 after serving time for property related offences. One of his release conditions specified that he was to live at a family member's residence. It has been determined he is no longer residing there and his whereabouts are unknown. As a result, a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Ludvigson is  5 ft.11, 190 pounds, with a tattoo of a devil and flames on his right forearm. If you have information on the whereabouts of Peter Ludvigson, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-2576.
 

Emergency Response officers avert head on crash

Two Vancouver Island RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) officers just happened to be in the right place at the right time, when on Tuesday January 19, 2021 they came upon a vehicle that was going northbound in the southbound lanes of the Trans Canada Highway. The incident occurred in the area of The Eagle Quest Golf Centre, located approximately one kilometre south of the Morden Road and TCH intersection.

The officers were driving north along a stretch of the highway that is divided by a meridian. Suddenly they noticed something that “just didn’t look right”. The officers could see to the left of them, the taillights of a vehicle that was driving parallel to them. The gravity of the situation then kicked in- they realized the vehicle driving beside them was driving northbound in the southbound lane. The officers watched in horror as at least 8 vehicles took evasive action to avoid a head on collision with the wayward traveller.

The officers immediately activated their emergency equipment and police siren and drove beside the vehicle for a short distance until such time they caught the attention of the driver. Their action worked as the vehicle was brought to rest next to the meridian in the slow lane of the highway. The officers jumped out and over the meridian and began waving oncoming traffic away the vehicle. They then had the driver safely pull a U-turn and park the vehicle on the side of the road, but this time in the right direction! 

One of the officers spoke with the 34-year-old woman driver and it soon became apparent why she was driving in the wrong direction. The officer quickly formed the opinion that she was impaired by alcohol. A Nanaimo RCMP officer attended and took over the impaired driving investigation. He issued a breath demand and samples were provided roadside to which the driver failed. A passenger in the vehicle was also under the influence of alcohol so a safe and sober ride was arranged for the passenger.

Given the drivers significant state of impairment, she was held in custody overnight at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment, and released in the morning when sober. Her vehicle was seized and impounded, and she was issued with a 90-day driving prohibition. She was also served with a violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for Drive without Due Care.

“This was tragedy waiting to happen and was only diverted by the decisive actions and quick thinking ERT members. Excellent work on their behalf,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. Impaired driving continues to be on the one leading causes of death and collisions on our roads and highways. Don’t be selfish. If you drink do not drive.

Found golf clubs turned over to police

0121 – The Nanaimo RCMP is in possession of two sets of golf clubs that were found in the afternoon of Tuesday January 19, 2021. The clubs were located behind the old Howard Johnson Hotel, located at 1 Terminal Ave. Picture attached.

 If you have information on the ownership of these clubs, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-2224.

Suspect assaults clerk after being told to leave premises

The hoodie the suspect was wearing during the altercation.

0120  – A store clerk was assaulted by an unknown male who was asked to leave the premises for harassing a customer. The incident occurred at approximately 6:40 pm on Monday January 18, 2021, at the James General Store located at 600 Victoria Road. 

Police responded to a hold up alarm that was activated by the employee who had been assaulted. The male employee told the attending officers the suspect caught his attention after he heard him screaming at a customer just outside the front door of the business. The man was apparently demanding the customer give him cigarettes. 

The employee stepped outside and told him to stop yelling at the customer and to leave the premises. At this point, the suspect charged at the employee and began assaulting him. A struggle ensued and the employee sustained cuts and lacerations to his face, as well as two black eyes. The employee was visibly shaken but did not require medical attention. Patrols for the suspect were negative.

Several grainy photos were pulled from the store surveillance system. The suspect is white, approximately 6 ft., slim build with blonde hair, and was wearing sunglasses and a distinctive black and white RCKLSS hood.

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-2134.

Police seek driver of single-vehicle accident

Nanaimo RCMP Media Advisory

Nanaimo file # 2021-2158

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the driver or occupants of a motor vehicle that was found abandoned following a crash. The incident was reported at approximately 2 am on Tuesday January 19, 2021. The vehicle was located in the ditch off of the Nanaimo Parkway, near the Harewood Mines overpass.  

Police and Fire attended. Investigators examined the scene and noted that the vehicle involved, an older model gray Mazda 4-door, had extensive damage to the driver’s side, roof and windshield. It appeared the vehicle had been traveling southbound on the Parkway and for unknown reasons, had left the roadway and collided with a large tree that was in the ditch. 

Police and Fire searched the surrounding area for any occupants but were unsuccessful. Investigators managed to locate the last known registered owner who indicated the vehicle was sold some time ago. He does not know who the current owner was. The local hospital was checked and no one had been  admitted following the crash.

If anyone has information on the crash, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-2158. 

RCMP looking for owner of expensive bicycle

0115 – Nanaimo RCMP have recovered a relatively new and expensive mountain bike which was seized on December 24, 2020, on View St in south Nanaimo. 

At approximately 1:30 p.m. a patrol officer noticed a man riding a bike without a helmet and on the wrong side of the road. When the officer stopped to speak with the individual, he noticed that the bike was covered in duct tape, and that the serial number was also covered over in tape. The bike was a green/grey Giant Reign with an estimated value of $2,500-$3,000. The Rock Shox components were also covered in duct tape, making the bike appear to be grey.  

The 32-year-old cyclist told the officer he paid $300 and offered no further explanation for how he came to be in possession of it. Based on the officer’s observations, he formed the opinion that the bike had most likely been stolen. The serial number was checked on police databases and at that time, it had not been reported stolen. The man voluntarily gave the bike over to the officer. He was then presented with several violation tickets under the Motor Vehicle Act for operating a bike without a helmet and riding on the wrong side of the road.

If you have any information on the ownership of this bike, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-45715.

Canoes found on Gabriola shoreline, are they yours?

Gabriola Island RCMP have found two canoes at Descanso Bay on Gabriola Island. Given the recent strong winds and currents, the canoes may have originated from the Nanaimo area.

Both canoes are older, and have no known identifying marks or name brands. Pictures of both are attached. If you have information on the ownership of either canoe, please call the Gabriola Island RCMP detachment at 250-247-8333.

Upwards of 20 vehicle tires slashed

File photo

RCMP NEWS RELEASE– 0114 –  Between January 12 and 14  Nanaimo RCMP received ten reports from vehicle owners of their tires being slashed. In almost all cases the tires were destroyed. The incidents occurred overnight at various locations throughout central Nanaimo, and the areas targeted were Country Club Drive, Ross Road, Bournemouth Road, Meredith Road and Boxwood Road.

Investigators determined that in all cases, the vehicles were parked on the street in front of homes, condos or apartment buildings. Either one or two tires on the same side of the vehicle were slashed by a sharp object. To date, there are no suspects or witnesses and the damage is estimated to be in the thousands of dollars.

These events are absolutely senseless and have caused considerable financial strain to many. Vehicle owners were also tasked with making alternate arrangements to get to work, finding rides for their kids to school and having to replace their tires,“ said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 If anyone has information on any of these incidents, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-1490.

Jogger seriously injured in collision with car

0114 – A 22-year-old woman was seriously injured after being struck by a motor vehicle at approximately 10:15 pm on Monday, near the intersection of Estevan and Departure Bay Road.

Police, Fire and EHS attended. Investigators spoke with the driver, age 43 and several witnesses. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police. The victim sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Nanaimo hospital. Investigators were told that the prior to the collision, the victim had been jogging southbound along Departure Bay Road. At one point, she decided to run across Estevan Road in the direction of the Island Highway, when she was struck by a car that was attempting to turn left onto Estevan Road. The victim was not in a designated crosswalk at the time of the collision. Alcohol and drugs have been ruled out on part of the driver and victim.

Investigators examined a number of factors that may have contributed to the collision: namely, weather, road and lighting conditions, actions of the driver and that of the victim. The driver was issued with a violation ticket for operating a motor vehicle without a valid BC drivers license and her vehicle was towed from the scene. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifter walks out of store with blender

Shoplifter walks out of store with blender.

0113 – The Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a shoplifter who stole a $150 blender from Real Canadian Superstore on Jan. 9. When confronted by an employee the suspect threatened the employee and left the store. 

In video surveillance the suspect walks out of the store carrying the blender. The employee who was threatened followed the suspect and saw him drive away in a burgundy Nissan Frontier pickup. No license plate number was obtained. 

The suspect is approximately 6 ft. and 190 pounds. He was wearing a grey jacket with a black hoodie underneath, black baseball cap, jeans and a blue medical face mask.

If you can identify this person or have information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-1055.

Duke Point Highway closed after three-vehicle crash

0112 – Three adults have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a 3-vehicle collision this morning along the Duke Point highway, one km from the Highway 1 intersection. MORE DETAILS.

Investigators spoke with several witnesses and the drivers involved. While only preliminary, it appears a westbound van occupied by two adults, crossed over the centre line and collided with an eastbound semi-tractor, causing the semi-tractor to go off the roadway left. A female passenger in the van was ejected onto the roadway. Immediately afterwards, a westbound pickup collided with the van. 

The female driver of the pickup and the driver of the semi-tractor received serious injuries.The pick up driver was airlifted to Victoria hospital while the other two were taken to the Nanaimo hospital. The driver of the van received only minor injuries but  was also taken to the Nanaimo hospital. All three vehicles were destroyed and the highway will be closed for most of the day. 

Investigators are asking if any drivers who were at the scene and have dash cam video or cell phone footage, to please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-1374.

Can you identify these two persons of interest?

Do you recognized these two people?

0108 – Nanaimo RCMP want to identify two people of inerest for a theft from a parked vehicle Dec. 14, in a parking lot on Cavan Street. 

The owner of the vehicle said someone had thrown a rock through a side window and had taken her purse. Within hours, approximately $3,000 in purchases were made at businesses and online using her credit cards stolen from the purse. 

At this time they are only persons of interest but investigators would like to speak with them, said Const. Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. If you have any information or the identity of these two people, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-44492.

Money from heaven for woman on her daily walk

0107 – We all know about pennies from heaven, but it was raining dollar bills this week when a Nanaimo woman was showered with money while on her daily walk.

Her name is being withheld. She told police a vehicle went flying past her and seconds later, money floated from the sky falling around her. She could not provide a plate or description of the vehicle. She picked up all the money and called the Nanaimo RCMP.

No reports of lost money have been filed with the local detachment. One theory is that it may have been gained through illegal means and the owner is reluctant to report it, said Constable Gary O'Brien. "It happens from time to time," he said. "This amount though is one of the highest that I have seen in probably the last five or 10 years."

The money will be held for 90 days and if the owner is not found, it will be turned over to the finder. If you believe the money belongs to you and can prove it, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-388.