Police seek help to find Ben Ricard

Ben Ricard

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old Ben Ricard who did not return to his north end Nanaimo residence after finishing his work day on Tuesday January 18, 2022. Based on this and some other issues, his friends and family are extremely concerned for his safety and well-being.

Ricard is a Caucasian man, 5 ft.9, 144 pounds, and the picture provided is recent. There is no clothing description but he is believed to be carrying a green checkered backpack.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Ben Ricard, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-1866.

UPDATE… RCMP report missing man has been found

Perry Blois

UPDATE – Nanaimo RCMP report that Perry Blois has been located, safe and sound.

EARLIER STORY - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 74-year-old Perry Blois. At approximately 2:30 PM on Monday January 17, 2022, multiple 911 calls were made from Blois’s cell phone. Investigators managed to trace the calls to the area of downtown Nanaimo but were unable to locate Blois. Police have also learned that Blois has a significant speech and hearing impediment.

Blois was recently living in Victoria but did reside in Nanaimo as of two years ago. He has no known friends or family in the immediate area. He is a Caucasian man, 6 ft.1, 180 pounds with grey hair and hazel eyes. The picture provided is believed to be Blois but it has not been confirmed.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Perry Blois, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-1745.

Warrants issued for failure to appear in court

Dayton Anderson

220119 – Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 32-year-old Dayton Anderson of Nanaimo for Break and Enter and Assault. The warrants were issued after Anderson failed to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

The charges against Anderson stem from an incident on October 8, 2021, in which Anderson allegedly entered the home of a 52-year-old man and then assaulted him. The victim told police, he first saw the suspect walking through his home. When he went to confront him, the victim was punched in the face. The victim was standing on his sun deck when he was assaulted, and the force of the punch caused him to lose his balance and tumble off of his deck. While left shaken by the ordeal and sporting a split lip, he did not require medical treatment. Before the suspect fled, the victim managed to take several pictures of the individual.

The pictures that the victim took of the suspect were circulated to the local Block Watch program and within minutes, the unknown person was positively identified. The next day Anderson was located and arrested by police.

Anderson is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 10, 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is recent. Anderson should be considered violent and if seen, do not approach him and call 911, or the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Six arrested after shots-fire incident on Hillcrest Avenue

Six adults are in police custody following a report of shots fired, that occurred at approximately 6:40 am on Monday January 17, 2022. The incident occurred in the 300 block of Hillcrest Avenue.

A number of police officers responded to the incident. The home in question, which is known to police, was entered and six persons were subsequently arrested without incident. There were no reported injuries from the shots fired.   

Police have secured the residence while investigators prepare a judicial authorization to allow officers to enter the home and search for evidence pertaining to the shooting.

Search under way for missing Nanaimo man

NSAR file photo

An extensive land and water search is under way for a missing 32-year-old man. At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Friday his vehicle was located in the parking lot next to the Nanaimo River bridge. The individual's cell phone, wallet and keys were found in the vehicle.

Based on information gathered to date, the missing person’s family members are extremely worried for his safety and well-being. Shortly after locating the vehicle, Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) and RCMP Police Dog Services were contacted and began searching the immediate area including the Nanaimo River.

On Saturday, Search and Rescue crews from nearby jurisdictions joined in the search bringing the number of search and rescue volunteers to approximately 70. Additionally, two helicopters, a fast response vessel from the Cedar Volunteer Fire Hall and a SAR canine unit are on scene.

“There is approximately 11 kilometers of shoreline and water which makes up the Nanaimo River. The sheer size of the river compounded with the water levels and the current speed of the water, is making for challenging search conditions,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

He is Caucasian, 5 ft.10, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a forest green sweater, tan pants and dark colored shoes. At the request of the family, his picture is not being released. 

If anyone has information that may assist in the search efforts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Community Policing was a real success story in 2021

Despite the challenges faced by COVID-19, in 2021, the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing volunteers contributed more than 3,000 hours to crime prevention initiatives throughout Nanaimo.

The number of volunteers has increased every year and now sits at 42. “We are so pleased with the skill-set and diversity each and every volunteer brings to the program. We would also be remiss in not acknowledging the leadership that Christy Wood, the Community Policing Coordinator has brought to the program. She is certainly a driving figure in moving the program forward, “said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Statistics nicely highlights the programs being carried out in Nanaimo. Most notable is the success of the bike registration (529 Garage) with 433 bikes being registered. Additionally, more than 7,600 vehicles were inspected under the Auto Crime program and 90,000 vehicles were monitored through the Speed Watch program. 

” The Nanaimo RCMP is truly blessed to have such amazing committed and innovative volunteers. Even under such stringent COVID safety protocols, they continue to bring vital crime prevention programs to Nanaimo," said Wood.

To find out how you can volunteer with the RCMP Community Policing, call 250-755-3163 or email  Christy.Wood@nanaimo.ca

Jan. 14, 2022

Man charged after home invasion investigation

Early Thursday evening the Nanaimo RCMP responded to a report of a home invasion. The incident occurred at approximately 6:50 pm, on Thursday January 6, 2022, in the 500 block of Second Street. 

Responding Officers flooded the area and were able to locate a suspect vehicle attempting to flee the scene of the crime. 4 men, all from Nanaimo were arrested without incident and transported to the Nanaimo Detachment for further investigation.

Upon arriving at the scene, investigators located a victim in his early 20s, who had suffered minor injuries, from an altercation with the suspects. A number of officers responded to the incident which included General Duty officers, Police Dog Services and the Nanaimo Projects Unit.

 said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. It appears at this time the incident was an isolated deliberate event, and that there is no further risk to the public.

A 35-year-old Nanaimo man was released from police custody on criminal court appearance documents for Assault with a Weapon. His first appearance date has been set for March 15, in Nanaimo Provincial Court. The remaining males were released from police custody without charge.  

Officers continue to investigate this matter and are asking for anyone that witnessed the event to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2022-554.

UPDATE – Police report missing man has been found

Richard Turcotte

22-01-11 – UPDATEÆ RCMP report that Richard Turcotte, who was reported missing, has been found.

22-01-10 – The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 41-year-old Richard Turcotte who has not been seen since January 4. RCMP were advised by his health care providers that he is in urgent need of medical attention, and that his current whereabouts are unknown.

Police believe that Turcotte is in Nanaimo, however exhaustive searches have proved negative. Turcotte is 5 ft. 8, 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The picture is recent.

If anyone has information on the location of Richard Turcotte, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-314.

Man arrested after trying to disarm police officer

A local Mountie was literally in a fight for life when a suspect attempted to grab the firearm and made threats to use it against the officer. The incident occurred at mid afternoon Dec. 28, in the area of Promenade Drive.

The officer with nine years of police service, was initially responding to reports of a shoplifter, who had thrown cosmetics at a Loss Prevention Officer(LPO) at London Drugs, then threatened the LPO with bear spray. 

The suspect reportedly fled on foot and was last seen heading toward the water front when located by the officer. As the officer approached, the suspect was seen reaching into his backpack. The officer told the suspect he was under arrest and when the officer attempted to secure his wrist, the fight was on.

During the struggle the suspect grabbed at the officer’s holstered firearm and made continued threats to shoot the officer with it. During the melee, a civilian intervened which distracted the suspect long enough for another officer to arrive. At this time, the two officers managed to subdue the man and place him in handcuffs.

31-year-old Brian Imhoff of Nanaimo was arrested for Assaulting a Police Officer, Attempting to Disarm a Police Officer, and Uttering Threats. He was later remanded into police custody until his next court appearance Jan. 4. Imhoff appeared and was remanded into police custody until January 18.

“This was an extremely dangerous and volatile situation for the officer. It is also a stark reminder of the dangers that front line officers are faced with. The officer involved is to be commended for staying in the battle, using police training and relying on physical conditioning to successfully meet the challenge,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The officer involved in the fight was not seriously injured and remained on duty for the shift.

Mounties on look out for 'rolling snow forts'

Shown in the attached picture is Cst. Marty KORTAS, demonstrating the “left handed push-sweep technique”

After a wintery 24 hours, the Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit were out in full force looking for what they like to refer to as “rolling snow forts” which are  vehicles in which their drivers have not taken the time to remove snow build up from their roofs. This debris can cause significant damage to unsuspecting motorists and threatens the safety of all others who share the same roadway.

Officers cited several examples of vehicles they had observed having amounts of snow on their roofs that, if dislodged while on the roadway, would cause a significant distraction to drivers, and could threaten the safety of all others on and off the roadway. Officers in some cases provided drivers, young and old alike, with the tools and the safe opportunity to clear the snow, which could have been considered an insecure load under the Motor Vehicle Act. No tickets were issued and the officers treated the interactions as an educational experience.

“The Officers of the Nanaimo Municipal Traffic Unit patrol the streets and highways in all weather conditions, looking to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians. The interaction they have had with motorists during the recent snow fall, is an example of their dedication to public safety as well as road safety education.” said Cst. Gary O’Brien.

The Nanaimo RCMP remind motorists that it takes only minutes to fully brush off their vehicles in times of heavy snow. Cst. Marty Korta, uses the “left handed push-sweep technique” a method he says that he perfected over his many years of policing. Cst Kortas cleaned off several police vehicles to demonstrate his tried and proven technique. Needless to say, we need more people like Cst Kortas.

Emergency generator stolen from Nanaimo Lifeline

220105 – The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for public assistance in locating a large emergency generator that was stolen from Nanaimo Lifeline, 1800 Bowen Road, sometime between Sunday and Tuesday.. 

Suspects entered onto the commercial property, detached the large Generac brand generator and left the area. Given the size of the generator, a large vehicle and at least several individuals would have been required to remove the device.

The generator provides backup emergency service for Nanaimo Lifeline who have been providing a personal emergency response service to residents of central Vancouver Island for the past 34 years. This local company provide buttons to seniors and medically at risk persons to summon help in the event of an emergency.

 “This crime appears to have taken place in plain view of the public and would have taken some time to complete due to size and weight of the generator. As the owner/operator of this device is an essential health service, and it is incredibly important that this item be located and put back into use for the well-being of the community," said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the generator, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file #2022-312.

Woman reported missing has been found safe

Jolene Nass

220105 - RCMP today announced that Jolene Nass, who was reported missing, has been found safe.

220104 – EARLIER STORY - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 44-year-old Jolene Nass who has not been seen since approximately 1 am on Sunday January 2.

A 911emergency call was made from a phone registered to Nass. OCC Operators made multiple attempts to call the phone number back but were unsuccessful. It appears that the cell phone appears to have been turned off or the battery died shortly after the call was made.

Investigators believe Nass may be driving her grey 4-door 2004 Saturn Vue, with BC license plate of KX345G. Nass is of no fixed address but does have family and friends who live in the Parksville area.

Nass is 5 ft.6, 140 pounds, and the picture is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Jolene Nass, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-97.

Break and Enter suspects nabbed with stolen hockey jerseys

Zack Gilbey, left, with his employees showing some of the stolen items. All of the recovered jerseys will be returned to the store once investigators catalogue each of the items.
(Photo submitted)

The Nanaimo RCMP made quick work of two thieves who allegedly broke into a local sporting goods store and stole upwards of 70 sporting items, including almost three dozen NHL youth hockey jerseys. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 am on Friday December 31, at Kirby’s Source for Sports on Bowen Road.

Upon arrival, police met the store manager Zack Gilbey, who played back the store video surveillance for the officers. The store cameras clearly showed a suspect twice entering the business, grabbing as many jerseys as he could, then loading them into a waiting pickup. The suspect then departed in the pick up southbound on Bowen Road. 

Approximately one hour later, officers spotted the suspect vehicle being driven northbound along Terminal Ave, and pulled it over. As luck would have it, the suspect who was identified from the surveillance footage, was located in the vehicle along with all of the stolen jerseys.  

The suspect, a 48-year-old man of no fixed address, and the driver, age 40, who is also of no fixed address, were both promptly arrested then transported to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment. The 48-year old faces one count of Break and Enter, while the 40-year-old is facing one count of Possession of Stolen Property. Both men were released from police custody on Undertakings, with a court date pending of February 22, 2022 in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

Zack Gilbey, store manager, was ecstatic after being told that the jerseys had been recovered and the suspects caught, red handed.  “We were looking at a huge financial loss to replace these items. We’re just so relieved and grateful for getting them all back and for the quick and efficient response by the officers involved.” 

Police looking for Robert Silva on numerous charges

Robert Silva
Dec. 30, 2021

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 41-year-old Robert Silva, who is wanted for Possessing Stolen Property under $5,000 and Driving While Prohibited.

The allegations against Silva stem from an incident in March of 2021, in which he allegedly stole a vehicle from downtown Nanaimo and just hours later, he and the vehicle were found in the area of Nanaimo Lakes Road.

The attending officers told Silva to exit the vehicle but it seemed he wasn’t quite ready to do so. At that time, Police Dog Knight was deployed to assist in removing him. This seemed to work. The next stop for Silva prior to going to the Nanaimo detachment, was to the local hospital to be treated for some superficial abrasions attributed to Police Dog Knight.

Silva was later released from police custody with a court date pending for June 23, 2021. Silva didn’t appear as required and hence, the warrants were issued.

Silva is a Caucasian man, 5 ft.9,180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The picture provided is recent. Of note, Silva has a tattoo on his right forearm of a demon with rings, and one of a dragon on his left forearm.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Robert Silva, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-10338.

Help RCMP find Courtenay Cross who fled from custody

Courtenay Cross
Dec. 30, 2021

A Canada wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of 45-year-old Courtenay Cross. On December 16, 2021, Cross was released on Statutory release after serving a 27-month sentence for Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Cross had been approved to stay at a residence in Nanaimo but just five days after her release, she left the home and her current location is unknown.

Cross is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft. 6, 120 pounds, and the picture provided is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Courtenay Cross, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.