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.