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.
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.”