Drunken sailors taken to the hoosegow

Apparently two boaters didn’t get the memo when it comes to boozing and boating, after their late night moonlit paddle drew the attention of Nanaimo Mounties. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 AM on Monday September 5, 2022, in the waters off Nanaimo near Saysutshun Island, formerly known as Newcastle Island. 

The saga began when a security officer reported seeing a small dinghy being paddled up the channel by two unknown persons. The caller didn’t see any lights on it nor life jackets being worn, and was worried not only for their safety but that they might be up to some nefarious activities. The caller also said that there had recently been some thefts from boats moored in the area.

Officers responded and from the nearby shore, they yelled at the two to stop what they were doing and to paddle to shore. After a barrage of alcohol fueled responses directed at the officers, and sensing their gig may soon be up, the wannabe sailors began a very slow and frantic attempt at paddling off into the night. With both oars slapping the water, the chase was on. With police vehicle lights strategically positioned from shore to capture their movements, the two were easily tracked to a nearby boat where they were seen crawling onboard/

Officers, fearing that the two adults may have unlawfully entered the vessel, ran the short distance along the dock to where the boat was moored. The two sailors were found hiding in the vessel and to no ones surprise, they were also found to be extremely intoxicated.

After establishing their identity and speaking with the owner of the vessel, it was decided the best course of action was to arrest the two for Causing a Disturbance and Public Intoxication. The next journey leg of their journey was to the Nanaimo detachment where they spent the remainder of the evening sobering up.

Update on recent homicide investigation

The investigation into the recent homicide at a downtown Nanaimo park is continuing with no charges currently being laid. The investigation was launched after the stabbing death of a 29-year-old man on Monday September 5, 2022. 

Shortly after officers located the fatally injured man, several individuals were arrested and taken into police custody. Those persons have since been released and no charges are pending against them. “The investigation is only in its early stages and much needs to be done before police are in a position to forward charges to Crown Counsel. Investigators are aggressively pursuing this file and doing everything that is necessary to gather evidence and establish who is responsible for this homicide”, said R/ Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP

If anyone was at Maffeo Sutton Park on the evening of Monday September 5, 2022, between the hours of 10:30 PM and 12 PM (midnight) and witnessed an altercation, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-31326.

Thieves steal $50,000 in Raiders' football equipment

It’s been a tough past few years off the field for the VI Raiders football team as they have had to deal with several significant off-field incidents. Last September they had their changeroom at Comox Field broken into with damages and some equipment theft estimated at $15,000.

In early August, a fire was deliberately set at their facility at Caledonia Park and ended up charring the outside of their building and causing significant smoke damage to the interior.

The most recent incident saw thieves break into their equipment building and steal an estimated $50,000 in practice and game equipment. This most recent incident occurred sometime overnight on Wednesday August 31, at their Caledonia practice facility at 110 Wall St. 

Police attended and noted significant pry marks to the metal door. The door was breached allowing for access to the interior of the building. Once inside, thieves made off with a significant amount of equipment ranging from helmets, jerseys, pads, footballs, tents, compressors, head sets and various other pieces of equipment and tools. A full list of stolen items is attached.

Josh Williams, VP and General Manger of the Raiders said “I am beyond frustrated. We’re trying our best to provide a positive development experience for these kids but it seems that just as we get past one setback, we’re hit with another one. There is no sugar coating or minimizing the impact this theft will have on our team moving forward. Right now, I really don’t know how were going to recover from it”. The Raiders are registered as a non-profit organization and rely solely on community sponsorships, and game day operations to fund their program.

Investigators believe it would have taken thieves upwards of 30-45 minutes to break in, then haul the equipment off and take it away in waiting vehicles. “At least two people with two or more vehicles had to be involved”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

If anyone heard or saw anything, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-30744.

Two in custody after man stabbed to death at Maffeo Sutton

An adult and a youth are in police custody as a result of an overnight fatal stabbing. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 PM on Monday September 5, 2022, at Maffeo Sutton Park in downtown Nanaimo. The deceased is a 29-year-old man from Nanaimo.

Police were initially called to a report of a group of youths who were intimidating a security guard along the waterfront in downtown Nanaimo.  The suspects fled and while officers were conducting patrols for them, an officer came upon the stabbing victim and his friend who had been bear sprayed. The victims were located prior to being able to call 911 for assistance.

EHS attended and transported the injured man to the Nanaimo hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The other man, age 22, was treated for the effects of the bear spray and did not require hospitalization.

Based on descriptors provided, officers located and arrested a 19-year-old man nearby without incident. With the assistance of Police Dog Services, a 17-year-old male was also located a short time later. Both suspects remain in police custody and the third individual has been identified but currently has not been located. No formal charges have been laid and the investigation while in the preliminary stages, is actively being investigated.

“Investigators do not believe there was any connection between the victim and suspects prior to the incident”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 As a result of the investigation, the playground, walking bridge, and beach area at Maffeo Sutton Park is currently closed to the public. This closure is necessary to allow investigators time to search and examine the area for any forensic evidence related to the investigation. The washrooms will remain open and the day ferry to Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) has been temporarily relocated to the public crab dock. 

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-31326.

Charges laid in traffic death of elderly woman in 2021

Criminal Code charges have been laid against the driver involved in the fatal car crash from May, 2021, that claimed the life of a 74-year-old woman. The incident occurred on May 20, at the intersection of Cranberry Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway.

On Friday August 26, 2022, officers with the Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit arrested 50-year-old Colin Hewitt on charges of Dangerous Driving Causing Death, Impaired Driving Causing Death and Impaired Operation over .08 Causing Death.

A judicial bail hearing was held later that same day. Following the bail hearing, Hewitt was released from custody and issued with a court appearance for September 12, 2022 in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

Don't drink in public when you have outstanding warrants

A violent offender wanted in various jurisdictions across the Lower Mainland was arrested by officers with the Nanaimo RCMP Bike Patrol Unit. The arrest occurred at approximately 11:30 AM on Thursday August 25, 2022, in the downtown core of Nanaimo.

The officers, while patrolling on their bikes, noticed an individual consuming alcohol in public. Consuming alcohol in public is in itself not a major offence but it certainly provides grounds for police to find out who the person is and ascertain if they are wanted or breaching any current conditions. As it turns out, this is exactly what happened, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

After pouring out his booze, the officers asked the man to identify himself. He tried to produce a false name to the officers who weren’t buying it. This only piqued their interest further. So, after a quick check of his belongings, his real identification was found and this name was checked against police databases. Sure enough it revealed that the 34-year man of no fixed address was wanted on seven outstanding warrants issued in the Vancouver area, for offences which include Assaulting a Police Officer, Assault with a Weapon, Assault and Uttering Threats.

He was arrested and is in police custody awaiting transport back to Vancouver. This is one more criminal who has been removed from our community simply due to the efforts of good old fashioned proactive police patrols, said O’Brien. 

Credit card and bank scams are on the rise in Nanaimo

R/Const. Gary O'Brien

The Nanaimo RCMP warns that credit card and fraudulent bank scams that are circulating throughout Nanaimo. At least a dozen incidents have been reported within the last five days with losses ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Victims ages range from their late 20s to late 60s.

Typically, the scam call works like this: A victim gets a telephone call from an individual who claims to work for VISA or a chartered bank. This individual tells the victim that several suspicious transactions have been noted on their account. The victim is then told that the only way to remove these transactions is to purchase gift cards or pre-paid credit cards. One victim was directed to London Drugs to buy gift cards. Another was sent to Canadian Tire to buy pre-paid Master Cards and another was directed to Walmart and London Drugs to buy gift cards.

More recently, on Tuesday August 23, alert employees at a local business spared an individual from losing $3,500 after that person was directed to their store to buy pre-paid credit cards. Employees of Best Buy sensed the individual was being scammed and after a lengthy discussion with this person, the employees were able to convince the individual that it was a scam.

“These scammers are quite convincing but it is important to remember that accredited financial institutions or online merchants will never direct you to purchase gift cards or pre-paid credit cards", said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

For current up to date information on scams, please go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website  

RCMP looking for suspects in armed robbery

Suspects in armed robbery

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating an armed robbery involving a knife at the 7-11 located at 477 Terminal Ave. The incident occurred just before 5 AM on Saturday August 20, 2022. Attached is a photo of the two suspects.

An employee told police that two men walked into their store with one walking behind the counter. With a knife in his hand, he demanded the money from the till. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, he and the other suspect left the business. Police were on scene within minutes but were unable to locate the suspects.

The primary suspect is clearly shown walking into the business followed by the second suspect whose face is hidden from the camera. The primary suspect presents as a Caucasian man. He has a thin build, is of medium height and was sporting a moustache. His clothing consisted of a blue hoody pulled over a dark baseball cap, dark shorts and runners. The second suspect was wearing a black mask, a plaid jacket with a black hoody underneath, and a ball cap.

No employees were injured and the Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services is engaged. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-29084. 
 

UPDATE – William McMurray has been found

Earlier story – The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 23-year-old William McMurray. McMurray has not been seen since Monday August 15. The missing person’s investigation in to his disappearance was launched by the Nanaimo RCMP the same day he was last seen. Investigators have spoken with his caregivers, who have collectively stated that there is significant concern for the physical and mental well-being of McMurray.

An extensive search of the surrounding area is ongoing but to date there has been no success. McMurray presents as shown in the attached photo. He is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 7, 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of William McMurray, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-28352.

Police seek suspect in second up-skirt photo incident

Poor security camera image

The Nanaimo RCMP seek public assistance in identifying in up-skirt photo suspect. At approximately 2 p.m on July 29, this person used his phone to take a picture up the skirt of an unsuspecting woman. The incident occurred in Walmart in north Nanaimo.

The complainant told police she was shopping when she saw the suspect who was bent down with his phone out and had it angled so that it was looking up her skirt. She yelled at the man, at which point he quickly walked away.The woman was startled and went to find staff to assist her. By the time she found an employee to assist her,the suspect had left the store and could not be located.

Security cameras captured a poor-quality image of the suspect, who is described as being a Caucasian man, muscular, medium height and middle aged. He was wearing a grey shirt with white letters on the front, a black cap, shorts and sandals.

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-26084.

Police seek driver who fled from south end car crash

RCMP are looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a single vehicle roll over crash. The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 PM on Tuesday August 23,  at the intersection of Nicol St and Needham St.

The crash was witnessed by several individuals who called 911. Police were on scene within minutes; however, the driver who was the lone occupant of the vehicle had fled. Witnesses said a heavy set man was seen exiting the vehicle barefoot and was last seen running along Haliburton St. Police were able to review a nearby CCTV camera which captured the crash.

The older model Volvo, was going southbound on Nicol St at a relatively high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Needham Street, it appeared the driver attempted to make a left hand turn onto Needham but could not negotiate the turn. 

 The vehicle continued straight and drove into a fence surrounding a nearby business, and over a cement retaining wall and came to rest on its side before catching fire. There were no reports of other occupants in the vehicle besides the driver. The crash caused some damage to the nearby business. 

Investigators are attempting to contact the registered owner of the vehicle. If anyone has information, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-29605.

Police seek to indentify suspect in lew photo incident

Suspect in lewd photo incident

Nanaimo RCMP seeks help to identify the suspect shown in the photo. At approximately 2 p.m. on  July 29, this man allegedly used his phone to take an indecent photo of an unsuspecting woman, while she shopped at the Dollarama, 609 Bruce Ave.

Police were called to the business shortly afterwards and spoke with the victim. Investigators reviewed video surveillance which showed the suspect crouched over and while the woman is looking away, the suspect allegedly aimed his phone up her skirt. The boyfriend of the victim, who witnessed the incident, chased the suspect from the business and exchanged punches with him. The suspect managed to break free then fled to his vehicle, a dark blue or black sedan.

The suspect is a Caucasian man, with a full beard and was wearing brown pants, a dark coloured t-shirt, and baseball hat. If anyone recognizes this individual, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-26078.

E-bike stolen overnight from hospital worker

Sometime overnight on August 17 an E-bike was stolen from outside of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The owner told police that he parked and locked his bike at 8 p.m. on the 16th, and when he got off shift at 7 a.m., the bike, his lock and his bright green helmet were gone.

The bike is a dark teal colored LIV AMITI E-bike.  If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the bike, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345,and quote file # 2022-28684.

Charge laid in downtown stabbing incident

One count of Aggravated Assault has been laid in connection with a stabbing incident that sent an adult man to hospital with serious injuries. The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday August 14, 2022, in the vicinity of the Port Place Mall.

Attending officers found the victim, a 27-year-old man, with apparent stab wounds to his head. Police, and then EHS provided emergency first aid. The victim remains in the Nanaimo hospital where his condition is considered stable. The suspect, a 51-year-old woman, was located a short distance from the victim and was arrested without incident.

Kimberly Lewis of Nanaimo has been remanded in police custody until August 23, 2022. “Investigators are now tasked with attempting to understand why this happened and if there was an conflict between the two that may have precipitated the incident”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information relating to this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-28213.

Missing man has not been seen since June

Lorne Stubbs

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 37-year-old Lorne Stubbs who has not been seen since June 2 ,2022. Stubbs was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on August 1, 2022 and at that time a missing person’s investigation was opened. Family members told investigators that Stubbs lives a transient lifestyle and that their contact with him over the past year has been sporadic. His family simply wishes to confirm that he is well as can be, given his lifestyle.

Stubbs is a Caucasian man, 5 ft.11, 150 pounds with dirty blonde hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is relatively recent. Of note, Stubbs has a tattoo on his upper left arm of a cross and a tattoo on his upper right arm that spells KALEB. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Lorne Stubbs, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-26499.
 

Body found in south Nanaimo house fire

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating the discovery of a body found in a south end home that was destroyed by fire. The fire was reported at approximately 5 PM on Thursday August 11, 2022, and occurred at a home on Athletic St.

City of Nanaimo fire crews were first on scene after black smoke was reported billowing from windows in the home. Crews managed to contain the fire to the home and within forty minutes, the blaze had been extinguished. Fire crews then entered the home and located a deceased adult male. The discovery of the body is deemed suspicious and has been turned over to the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Section for investigation.

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-27862.  

 

Log dropped on kayakers, suspect arrested

22-08-10 – Two kayakers were lucky to avoid serious injury after being struck by a log that was dropped from a cliff above them. The incident occurred at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Saturday August 6, off Jesse Island,  at the entrance to Departure Bay beach

The kayakers, a 43-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, told police they were paddling by the Island exploring some rock features when an individual appeared on the island and some distance above them. They said there was a short exchange with the individual after which they continued paddling.  

A few minutes later, they heard a commotion above them, then looked up to see the same person pushing a large log off a cliff directly above them. The log struck the woman in the back with enough force to knock her out of her kayak and into the water. The log also hit the man. He managed to stay upright in his kayak and assisted her to shore where several witnesses called the police and reported the incident.

With the assistance of the Nanaimo Port Authority vessel, a short time later, Nanaimo RCMP officers attended to the island and arrested a 37-year-old man for Assault with a Weapon. He was later released from police custody on an Undertaking to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on November 9.

Police took pictures of the log which measured approximately 20 feet in length and 8 inches in diameter.

 “This was bizarre incident and given the size and weight of the log, and distance it fell, the log could have caused serious injury to both individuals”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The investigation continues.

Police looking for owner of seized high-end golf clubs

The Nanaimo RCMP are holding a set of high-end golf clubs that were seized for investigative purposes. The clubs were located on Monday from a golf shop in Nanaimo.

An investigation into the golf clubs led officers to the business where they were being held. While at the business, investigators formed the opinion that the golf clubs had most likely been stolen and as a result, the golf clubs were seized for safe keeping. Investigators do not believe that the golf shop is in anyway associated to the theft.

The pictures provided show some of the irons in the set and the unique logo that is emblazoned on the side of the golf bag. If anyone has information on these clubs or who may own them, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2022-27377.

Distinctive logo on set of clubs.

Arrest and charges in connection with Tim Hortons arson

A Nanaimo man has been arrested and charged with arson to a local Tim Hortons franchise on August 2, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damages to the relatively new building. The fire put several dozen employees out of work for up to six months. 

37-year-old Kym Arkell was arrested on Wednesday, August 3, by front line officers and has been remanded into police custody until August 16.

Arkell is a suspect in several other small fires that were set at nearby businesses, however, those incidents are still under investigation and no charges have been laid.

Crimes of opportunity increase during summer months

Thefts from sheds and vehicles are two categories that police in every community see an increase in. Thieves are looking for an easy way in where they won't easily be detected. Sensor lights, locks on back gates, even small ones act as deterrents. Never leave anything of value in an unattended vehicle and ensure they are always locked. Lastly, if you hear something late at night, don’t ignore it. Simply turning on a light, opening and closing a door or making noise may be enough to scare off thieves.

If you know of someone who is actively involved in crime or if you have information on any of these crimes, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

$3,000 worth of dog food stolen during break-in

At approximately 3:15 a.m. on July 18 a person stole approximately $3,000 of dog food from Bosley’s Pet Food store,at the University Mall. A CCTV camera from a nearby business showed a man pushing a shopping cart across the parking lot with a large quantity of pet food. It appears entry was made through a rear emergency exit door.

The stolen dog food consisted of 12 ounce tins, with the main brands being Acanna, Orijin, Perform Atrin, and World Canin. The suspect was described as being of shorter stature, and wearing a hooded sweatshirt and black pants. Nanaimo file # 2022-24648 Commercial Break and Enter

Mounties investigating armed robbery of local grocery store

Surveillance photo of armed robbery suspect.

Shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday, a man armed with a knife robbed the James Street General Store, at 600 Victoria Road.

Police along with Dog Services responded immediately to the 911 call. The suspect had fled by the time officers arrived and was not located and a track could not be established. The clerk told officers that the suspect walked in the business, produced a knife then demanded money. The clerk complied and watched as the suspect headed northbound on Needham Street. It is unknown if the suspect left the area on foot or had a bike or other means of transportation waiting nearby.

The clerk was not injured but was shaken by the ordeal. The services of the Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services were requested and they are assisting. The suspect is described as having a dark complexion, 5 ft.10, slim build and was wearing a dark hoody, blue medical mask and gloves.  

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-26969.

UPDATE - Missing woman found safe and sound

Kandace Pirart

UPDATE -  Nanaimo RCMP report that 33-year-old Kandace Pirart has been located safe and sound.

EARLIES STORY - RCMP seek public help in finding 33-year-old Kandace Pirart who was last seen in Nanaimo on Monday.  Her disappearance is out of character and based on this, police and her family are concerned for her safety and overall well-being.

 Kandace is 5 ft. 4, 130 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. The picture is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Kandace Pirart, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-26521.

 

Police looking for couple after house broken into

Aug. 4, 2022

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for Caucasian man and woman associated to white van after a north end home was broken into on July 18.

The owners had been out for less than one hour  and found a window open and numerous items missing, including two spare FOBs for their vehicles, a brown leather Roots purse, a Samsung tablet, two bottles of wine, 12x18 inch dark brown jewelry box, a white gold wedding ring set, a Pandora bracelet with multiple charms, a men’s gold wedding band, a men’s gold ring with JK engraved on face and a set of baby teeth. 

Vehicle crash results in serious injuries to woman

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a two-vehicle rollover collision which resulted in serious injuries to an occupant of one vehicle and the arrest of a suspect driver. The crash occurred at approximately July 28, on the Trans Canada Highway, between Nanaimo River Road and Morden Road.

The vehicles involved in the crash were a Hyundai Santa Fe and a Volkswagen Tiguan. The driver of the Santa Fe, who was shirtless at the time, fled from the crash scene. With the assistance of Police Dog Services and front line officers, the male suspect was arrested a short distance away. Impairment and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors to the collision.

A female passenger of the Tiguan was taken to hospital in serious condition. Her husband who was driving, was treated and released at the scene. The victim's dog ran off but was later located.

"This was a very serious collision that occurred at a high rate of speed and resulted in significant injuries," said Constable Simon Gallimore, Nanaimo RCMP Media Relations Officer."It is not an exaggeration to say that, without the prompt medical attention provided by BC Paramedics to the victim, the outcome could have been much worse."

Police request that anyone with dash-cam footage of the collision contact investigators. Dash cam footage of the Santa Fe prior to collision and of the suspect fleeing, would also be of significant value to the investigation.

The Nanaimo RCMP further ask that anyone who witnessed the collision or who witnessed anyone fleeing the scene, contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-25978.

UPDATE - Charges laid in shooting, missing firearm located

UPDATE - 48-year-old Robert Allen Estes of no fixed address has been charged with the one count of Attempted Murder in connection with a shooting incident on Monday August 1, 2022. The 43-year-old shooting victim remains in hospital. Estes has been remanded into police custody to await his next court appearance, set for Thursday August 11th in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

As per the missing firearm, a team of investigators, lead by Police Dog Services, searching through a seemingly endless supply of bramble bushes, were rewarded for their efforts with locating the firearm late in the afternoon on Tuesday August 2, 2022. The firearm, which was found in the vicinity of Northfield and Boxwood Road, will undergo a forensic examination.

The investigation continues. 

 

Shooting victim suffers life-threatening injuries

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a shooting that sent a 43-year-old man to hospital with serious life threatening injuries. The incident was reported at approximately 3:30 PM on Monday August 1, 2022, in the vicinity of the Northfield Road and the Nanaimo Parkway.

 Police were called after several motorists reported seeing an individual lying on the west side of the highway. The witnesses provided emergency first aid to the victim for an apparent gun shot injury until such time BC Paramedics arrived. The victim was then transported to hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Victoria for treatment.

Investigators were able to identity a suspect to the shooting and within twenty minutes of the reported shooting, the suspect was located nearby and taken into custody without incident.  The right bound lane near the Northfield intersection was closed for several hours while police examined the scene and searched for forensic evidence.

Today, on Tuesday August 2, 2022, a search warrant was carried out by investigators on an encampment where the suspect resides. Further evidence was gained, however, the firearm used in the shooting was not located. The firearm in question is believed to be a sawed off shotgun that may be in area of Boxwood Road and Northfield. If anyone comes across it, do not touch it and call either 911 or the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

The suspect, a 48-year-old man, was arrested for attempted murder and is expected to be formally charged later today. 

Officer seizes tools believed to have been stolen

RCMP would like to find the owner of a variety of tools that are believed to have been stolen.  A Nanaimo RCMP officer seized a variety of tools on July 6 that he believed were stolen. They were found in a vehicle parked in the vicinity of 250 Victoria Road. 

The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle that was illegally parked. After speaking with the 37- year old driver, the officer asked him about the origin of some tools that were in the backseat. That led to several nonsensical responses which didn’t add up. 

It became clear to the officer that the tools had most likely been obtained through illegal means. Since he could not definitely establish that the occupants of the vehicle had stolen the tools, he seized the tools for safekeeping. The occupants and their vehicle were then sent on their way without tools.

If these tools belong to you or your company, and you can identify them through receipts, serial numbers or unique markings, please 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-23188.

RCMP issue warning about online rental scam

The Nanaimo RCMP is warning the public of a rental scam after a Nanaimo man was defrauded for several thousand dollars. The incident occurred in early July 2022, and involved a home in the 600 block of Bowen Road.

The complainant told police that he responded to a rental ad on the website Zillow after he found a home to his liking on Bowen Road. The man began communication with a woman who was listed on the ad and went by the name of Ginger Reed. Reed was asking for one month's rent up front and another month rent in order to turn the keys over. Reed provided an email where the rent money could be e-transferred. Reed told the man that the keys and documents for the home would be delivered to him once the money was received.

Reed then sent the man a copy of lease documents and an out of province driver’s license with the name and picture for Ginger Reed.

The next day the man went to the home listed on the ad and much to his surprise, it appeared to be occupied with several vehicles parked in the driveway. The man was able to confirm through a friend that Reed’s name was not on the ownership title of the home. At this point, he came to the conclusion that he had been scammed and did not forward the remainder of the money.

The victim contacted police and handed over the fake documents that he received. Investigators contacted Zillow and the advertisement for the home was taken down. The investigation is continuing.

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

Here are some tips to consider before entering into a rental agreement

  • the landlord does not meet you in person
  • The landlord does not require credit or reference check
  • Name of the landlord is not on the rental documents
  • There is a different name for the recipient of the e-transfer
  • The home is already occupied
  • Do a google search of the address and landlord
  • Talk to the neighbours
  • Arrange to do a walk through of the unit
  • Be familiar with the Residential Tenancy Branch rules and regulations

To protect yourself please find attached a link to the Residential Tenancy Act and for information on current scams, a link to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 

Police release photo of suspect in north end shooting

Suspect in north end shooting

The investigation into a brazen early evening shooting in a north end Nanaimo neighbourhood continues with investigators releasing a photo of one of the suspects.The shooting, which sent an adult man to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on July 7, outside a residence on Laguna Way. (original release attached).

Investigators have determined that the shooting resulted from a dispute between the suspect and a resident in the home, and culminated with the suspect shooting the victim in the leg. 
The image released shows the suspect walking up the driveway towards the victim’s home just prior the shooting. Of note, the identity of another suspect is also being sought. While there are no images of this individual, this individual was known to be driving an older model white Honda Accord as the getaway vehicle.

Police do not believe there is any wider risk to the public. If you have any information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-23386.

Arrest warrants issued for Elizabeth Rose Gilbert

Elisabeth Rose Gilbert

A warrant of arrest has been issued for 32-year-old Elisabeth Rose Gilbert of Nanaimo after she missed a recent court date. The warrants stem from original charges of Theft Under $5000 and Breach of Probation.

With respect to the theft charge, in late May of 2022, Gilbert, who has numerous prior convictions for theft, allegedly stole a number of items from Thrifty Foods Store in the Port Place Mall.  She was apprehended by a Loss Prevention Officer then released on an Undertaking to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court. Concerning the breach charge, it is alleged that Gilbert attended to Rexall Drugs on Dufferin Crescent, in contravention of an earlier condition that prohibited here from going to that business. 

“Miss Gilbert seems to have forgotten that she needs to deal with these charges by appearing in Nanaimo Provincial Court. When she is located, our officers will not be issuing her any reminders, and she can expect to be arrested”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Elisabeth Gilbert is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft. 6, 150 pounds, and the picture provided is recent. If anyone has information on her whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-9686.

UPDATE: Missing Nanaimo man located safe and sound

William Elliot

The Nanaimo RCMP announce that 31-year old William Elliot,  who had not been seen since July 7,  has been located safe and sound.

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 31-year-old William Elliot who has not been seen since Thursday July 7. Elliot is experiencing significant personal difficulties and as a result, his friends and family are extremely concerned for his personal well being and safety.

Elliot frequents downtown Nanaimo and it is believed to be in the Nanaimo area. He is an Indigenous man, 5 ft.7 stocky build with a pock marked face. The picture is relatively recent. The only clothing description provided has him wearing a blue baseball cap and blue bandana.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of William Elliot, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 20022-23395.

Dragon boaters bear sprayed by angry driver

File photo of bear spray dispenser

There’s always someone who has to spoil the fun. Two dragon boaters were bear-sprayed by an irate motorist Sunday afternoon Cliff Street.

Police and EHS attended. The victims, a couple in their early 60s, told police they were walking back to their vehicle along Cliff Stree when a vehicle drove by. The driver slowed down and began to berate them for walking in the middle of the road.

The male pedestrian responded to the driver that there were no sidewalks and that it was relatively quiet street. The two carried on but seconds later, the same driver pulled up next to them. The first thing they saw was a mist of bear-spray being discharged at them. The male pedestrian took the brunt of it in his face, while his wife got some on her lips.

The driver fled and was last seen going westbound. A witness managed to take a picture of the license plate with his cell phone and later provided this to police.

Both victims were treated at the scene by EHS. The suspect driver is a Caucasian man, mid to late 20s, who was driving an older model silver compact car. The victims were unable to provide a description of the suspects clothing. Based on the license plate provided, police have followed up with the registered owner who denies any knowledge of the incident.

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-23707.

City workers' tip helped head off possible child luring

Two City of Nanaimo employees with a keen sense of awareness are credited with interrupting a potentially-dangerous child luring incident, that involved a man in his 50s and a female youth between age 11-15. The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on June 29, at Robins Park in south Nanaimo.

The two witnesses told police they were prepping the baseball diamond for game that night when they caught site of the man and girl. The witnesses said that the two were siting very close to each other in the bleachers and by their interactions and body gestures, it did not appear that it was a father-daughter relationship. After watching them interact for some time the witnesses reported what they observed to the police.

When officers arrived, the girl told the officer that she was under the impression her male friend was 25 years old. She also said she met him through an online social media platform called V-sing, which allows users to record themselves while singing. It also has a chat option and private message function.

She said she had been communicating with the man for nine months through V-sing as well as face timing on a daily basis using her personal cell phone. She said the two of them were nothing more than good friends. The adult was spoken to privately. His true age was confirmed to be 53 and that he had arrived in Nanaimo that day after travelling from his home in a mid-western U.S.state. He told officers he was booked into a local hotel for the next two days.

He tried unconvincingly to tell the officer that he and the girl were just friends. When asked, he did not deny that his intentions could be seen as being sexual in nature. As there was insufficient evidence at the time to detain him, the man was allowed to leave. He was told to depart Nanaimo immediately and return to his home in the United States. That evening, the Canada Border Security Agency confirmed that he had crossed the Canadian border and had returned to the USA.

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

The following are some points to consider when it comes to keeping our kids safe online:

  • Try to engage them conversation about their online activity
  • Know who your children’s online friends are
  • Monitor what apps and websites that they are using and when
  • Do not allow cell phones, tablets or any electronic device in their bedrooms
  • Tell your children to keep their location settings private 

For more online safety tips, log into the Canadian Child Prevention Centre at https://www.protectchildren.ca/en/ 

Wanted man now in Nanaimo RCMP custody

Brad Bozak

UPDATE –As luck would have it, this individual was arrested a short time prior to the issuance of the news release. He is now enjoying short term accommodations at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment. We believe his plans for the weekend have effectively been canceled. 

EARLIER - Arrest warrants have been issued for a Nanaimo man who recently missed a scheduled court appearance. The warrants are for the original charges he faces, that include Possession of a Weapon dangerous to the public peace, Obstruction, Mischief under $5000, and Possession of a Controlled Substance under the CDSA.

Bozak’s charges arise from an incident on March 25, 2022 on Cavan Street, where it is alleged he used a knife to slash the tire of a police officer’s vehicle. The incident was observed by several persons, including the police officer whose tire was slashed. Bozak attempted to flee but was caught by the officer after a short foot chase. Upon his arrest, the knife believed to have been used was found hidden in in his clothing, along with a small amount of illegal drugs.

Bozak is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 8, 200 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. The picture provided is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Bryan Bozak, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-10096.

Man taken to hospital after shooting incident in north end

220708 – One person has been taken to hospital with serious non life threatening injuries after a reported shooting. The incident occurred at approximately 8 PM on Thursday July 7, 2022, outside a residence in north Nanaimo. 

Numerous officers responded to the incident. The injured person, a man in his early 30’s, was treated at the scene by attending BC Paramedics, who then transported the injured party to hospital. Police spoke with several witnesses who observed the suspect flee in a vehicle.

“There were no other reported injuries and from information gathered to date, this appears to have been an isolated incident”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

If anyone has witness information related to this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-23386.

Multiple warrants issued for violent offender

Michael Bonson

220707 -Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 34-year-old Michael Bonson of Nanaimo after he recently failed to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court. Bonson is wanted for Resist Arrest, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x 5, Possess a Restricted Firearm, Possess a Prohibited Weapon, and Fraud.

Bonson has had several interactions with police throughout central Vancouver Island that have involved either drugs, illegal weapons or resisting arrest. The most notable occurred in late September of 2020 when an officer in Nanaimo pulled over a vehicle that Bonson was operating. During the traffic check, the officer formed grounds to arrest Bronson for possessing illegal drugs. Bonson resisted his arrest and a violent struggle ensued. During the melee, the officer deployed his Taser, however it was ineffective. Bonson broke free and managed to flee in his vehicle and was not located.

Just two weeks earlier, North Cowichan RMCP found Bonson in a parked vehicle. Officers arrested him after locating not only a quantity of illegal drugs but also a set of brass knuckles, an imitation firearm, drug sheets and scales. Charges are before the courts on from that incident.

Bonson is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 11, 180 pounds, with short balding blonde hair. He is known to sport a moustache, goatee or beard, and the picture provided is relatively recent. If you have information on the whereabouts of Michael Bonson, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2019-35462.

Protect your children from rare possible abduction

Cst. Gary O'Brien

By Cst. Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP

Child abductions don’t happen often, but they do happen. Families should take measures to protect themselves.

The Nanaimo RCMP has tips for parents to help them quickly find a child that has been abducted and preventive measures that can help keep a child from being taken in the first place.

Since 2019, there have been 40,425 accounts of missing children in Canada. Of those, runaways accounted for the majority at 30,000, while 122 were abducted by a parent and 16 were stranger abductions. As a parent these statistics should reassure you, while at the same time, worry you.

And when it does occur, there are often no immediate leads to turn to. The reasons for abducting a child vary. It could be for sexual purposes, a desire to harm the child or hurt the family, or for reasons motivated by money (i.e. extortion)

With all of the information available to parents on how to best protect their child, how does a parent decide on the best advice? Often the best advice is the simplest and easiest to understand- Keep it simple, keep it sensible, and keep it suitable. Make it short and sweet so that a child can understand it. Also, make it realistic and easy to follow.

Let us take a look at some of these:

  • The best thing you can do for your child’s safety is prepare for the worst in advance. Putting together a  is an invaluable tool that can help immensely if your child goes missing. The kit should contain a recent colour photo of them and include the following information: age, height, weight, full names, nicknames, blood type, eye colour, hair color, sex, ethnicity, allergies, unique features such as birthmarks, braces, glasses, tattoos, and piercings. The kit should also include fingerprints and DNA (their toothbrush or hair). Your local police department may also have portable fingerprint strips available to you.
  • Teach your child their full name, phone number, and address. Also teach them that their parents have names too and not just Mommy, Daddy, Grammy, Auntie etc.
  • Many parents choose to give their child a whistle or noise making device. Make sure they know what it is intended for and do not allow them to wear it around their neck as it could be a choking device.
  • Establish a safe word for pick ups by persons to use other than their immediate family or caregivers.
  • If your child thinks that they are being followed, have them run in the opposite direction and make as much noise as possible. Teach them to yell  and not .
  • While attending amusement parks, or any event where there are many in attendance, take a picture of your children just as you enter. In the event they go missing, you can quickly show or share with police or security exactly what your child is wearing and what they look like.
  • Teach your children that police officers are trusting adults who can help them if they are lost or in need of help

Lastly, there are a number of safety tips that are available online.These are just some of the tips that we feel can help to keep your children safe and aware as possible.

Public instrumental in quick arrest of drug traffic suspect

Thanks to the assistance of the public, a Nanaimo man was arrested with approximately two kilograms of suspected cocaine after he was involved in a motor vehicle rollover. The incident occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. on April 16, at the intersection of Estevan Road and Departure Bay Road.

43-year-old Nicholas Harris of Nanaimo was released later that same evening on an Undertaking to appear on drug charges for June 10, 2022, in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

Police were alerted after several calls were received of a motor vehicle that had rolled at the  intersection, and that the driver had crawled out of the wreck and fled on foot. Several witnesses kept an eye on the driver and provided information on the suspect's movement and location.

Several minutes later, officers arrived and located the suspect in the parking lot of Brooks Landing Mall. Officers initially detained him for impaired driving by alcohol, however, their focus quickly shifted after noting that he was holding two bricks of suspected cocaine. The drugs later weighed in at two kilograms. Harris was arrested and later released on an Undertaking for court in June.

The vehicle involved, a newer model black Jaguar convertible, was seized by police and towed from the scene.

"The officers who located the suspect were gobsmacked to find the suspect with such a large quantity of illegal drugs, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. "The officers extend their sincere appreciation to the bystanders who assisted officers by staying at the scene and provided real time updates which allowed investigators to locate the suspect quickly and efficiently, before he had the opportunity to hide or destroy the drugs, said O’Brien.

Harris appeared in Nanaimo Provincial Court June 10 and was formally charged with one count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. He was released from custody with his next court appearance slated for late August.

Search continues for Tyler Nolan

Tyler Nolan

The search continues for missing 38-year-old Tyler Nolan who was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on May 31, 2022. 

As previously reported, the last confirmed sighting of Nolan was on May 18, at the Duke Point ferry terminal. Based on information that police have been able to obtain, investigators do not believe that Nolan boarded the ferry for the Lower Mainland, and that he is still in the Nanaimo area. Nolan is of no fixed address.

All emergency shelters and homeless encampments scattered through Nanaimo have been checked with no success. Officers have also liaised with neighbouring detachments in the event that Nolan has moved on to those areas.

Nolan is a Caucasian man, 5. ft. 9. 150 pounds, and the picture provided is relatively recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Tyler Nolan, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-18342.

RCMP trying to find owner of money found on sidewalk

If you recently lost a significant amount of money, you can thank a Good Samaritan for finding it then turning over to the RCMP for safekeeping. The money was found approximately 3 weeks ago on a sidewalk in a north end Nanaimo neighbourhood.

The 37-year-old man who found the cash, told police he had just headed out for his morning run and  it was around 7:30 AM when his eye caught sight of what appeared to be Canadian currency lying on the sidewalk. He stopped to pick it up when he saw more bills strewn about. He didn’t see an envelope anywhere and it appeared that the money had originally been folded over. He picked all of it up then carried on with his run. Upon returning home, he called the police who came to his and took possession of the money.

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

The amount of money is somewhere between $200-$2000. If you recently lost a significant amount of money, give us a call at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-19186. 

Can you identify this suspect in thefts from Home Depot?

Suspect runs from store with stolen tools.

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual shown in the attached photo. It is alleged that at approximately 6:30 PM, on June 11,2022, this person stole several Milwaukee brand tools from Home Depot in Nanaimo.

The suspect was captured on video surveillance running out the main doors carrying two red boxes that contained the stolen merchandise. At the time of the theft, he was wearing a blue medical mask, red sweater, black shorts, black runners and white socks. 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 # 2022-20174.

SUSPECT

Do you know who this is? Please call RCMP

Police seek help in identifying break-in suspect

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance to help identify the individual shown in the attached photos. It is alleged that at approximately 5:40 AM on Monday June 13, 2022, this person attempted to break in to the Royal Lepage building located at 4180 Island Highway West.

Security video captured the suspect walking onto the rear deck of the property. He then produced a screw driver and spent upwards of thirty minutes attempting to pry open the rear door of the building and locked electrical socket. He eventually gave up and walked off the property.

The suspect is a Caucasian man, heavy set, 5 ft. 7 inches and was wearing dark coloured clothing, and carrying a backpack. He was also wearing a ball cap. If anyone has information the identity of this individual, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-20142.

Update on Lantsville hit-and-run investigation

The Nanaimo RCMP have seized a vehicle in connection with an ongoing hit and run investigation that resulted in an adult woman being sent to hospital with significant injuries. Her dogs, which she and her husband were walking at the time, were also injured. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 PM on March 4, 2022, on Lorenzen Lane which is located at the end of Superior Road, in Lantzville.

Recently, the investigation lead officers with the Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit to a home in Lantzville where a vehicle was seized for a forensic investigation. The owner of the vehicle was identified and provided a statement to investigators.

, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. At this time no charges have been laid.

If anyone has information on this hit and run, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-7458.

Original news release: https://nanaimo.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=876&languageId=1&contentId=74080  
 

Second-degree murder charge laid in woman's death

Simon Baker

Twenty-one-year-old Simon Baker, of Nanaimo, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Denise Allick, 40, of Victoria on June 20.

On that date at approximately 10 p.m., police responded to a report of a disturbance outside a residence in south Nanaimo. Allick had died because of her injuries, and Baker was arrested a short time later without incident.  
 
He remains in custody, his next court appearance was scheduled for 2 p.m. today in Nanaimo.
 
Police do not know why Allick, was in Nanaimo on that date, nor has there been confirmation that Baker and Allick knew each other. The Nanaimo RCMP would like to speak with anyone who has information about why she was Nanaimo. 

To report information please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non emergency line at 250-754-3245, quote file 2022-9074 and request to speak to an officer with the Serious Crime Unit.

 

Police seek to identify suspect in theft of bicycle

Suspect stealing bicycle

Do you know this man? RCMP are trying to identify him in the investigation of a bicycle theft outside a Nanaimo high school. RCMP released a surveillance image of the suspect on Monday. The bike was stolen near Wellington Secondary School on June 2.  Police say a man walked up to the bicycle, removed a set of bolt cutters from a backpack and cut the lock before riding away.

Investigators are looking for a white man aged 25 to 30 years, five feet, 10 inches tall with a muscular build. He has short blond hair and was wearing a black mask, a sleeveless grey shirt and blue jeans.

The stolen bike belonged to a Grade 9 student at Wellington and is a black and red Supercyle mountain bike with serial number AH15E087496.

Make sure it's an emergency before calling 911

Eighty per cent of all 911 calls are not considered to be emergencies. If you are reporting an emergency consider the following before dialing 911

  • is it a situation when someone’s life is in danger or there is an immediate threat
  • is crime in progress (i.e. Break and Enter, Assault, Robbery, Spousal dispute, etc.)
  • is it a serious crime has just occurred and the suspect may not be far or may return
  • is there a good chance of arresting a suspect or preventing the development of a serious crime

Please remember, if you accidentally dial 911 stay on the line and advise the call-taker. If the call-taker cannot reach you, the police will be required to send an officer which means they cannot respond to other calls for service.

Crimes can be reported to police online

Crimes can be reported on line. The following can be reported from the comfort of your home:

  • Theft under $5000
  • Mischief to property or vehicle under $5000
  • Lost property under $5000
  • Theft of bicycle under $5000
  • Theft from vehicle under $5000

The following cannot be reported on-line:

  • If there are suspects
  • If an item that is stolen or lost has a serial number
  • Personal identify items, firearms, vehicle license plates or decals

Link to:  Online crime reporting

Check Well-Being calls get top priority with RCMP

Nanaimo RCMP responded to 987 calls for service in the first week in June. Fifty per cent consisted of: Disturbances, Suspicious Persons/ Vehicles, Check Well-Being, Unwanted Persons, Traffic, and Theft. The remaining calls ranged from Drugs, Assist Other Agencies, Abandoned 911, Break and Enters, Breach of Peace, Harassment, Alarms and Mischief.

Check Well Being calls are a priority call for service. Typically, Check Well-Being calls may involve individuals who are in the throes of any number of addictions, they may lack appropriate housing, or have untreated mental health and/or medical issues. As a result, these calls are sensitive in nature, time consuming, and often require multiple officers and agencies to respond for a successful resolution, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The following is an example of the Check Well-Being calls:

Nanaimo file # 2022-18495 Check Well-Being. Just before 8 a.m. on June 1, police and EHS responded to a report of an adult man lying on the sidewalk on Terminal Avenue in central Nanaimo. Officers were able to rouse him; he appeared to be a little drowsy from possible drug usage. Overall though he was fine. He was helped to his feet and declined medical treatment. He walked around to show the officers that he was ok and then left on foot. Officers suspect the man had passed out after consuming street drugs that fortunately for him, were not toxic.

Nanaimo file # 2022-18470 Check Well-Being. Just after midnight on June 1, officers responded to a call to assist EHS in downtown Nanaimo with a despondent man who was in the midst of a significant mental health crisis. When officers arrived, the individual begged to be admitted to hospital for treatment. He was transported to the Nanaimo hospital where he received the treatment he so desired and needed.

  • Two suspects in Winners, HomeSense break-in

RCMP attempting to identify break-in suspects

The Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two individuals who recently broke in to Winners- HomeSense, located at 6950 Island Highway North. The incident occurred just after 6 AM on Sunday June 12, 2022.

Officers responded to an alarm that was activated at 6:12 AM. When they arrived on scene, officers  noted that the front sliding glass doors had been breached. Inside the store, several glass cases containing jewelry had been smashed with most of the contents taken. Still photos obtained showed two suspects entering the business at 6:07 AM. The two were then seen running directly toward the jewelry cases. It is unknown at this time what estimated loss is of stolen jewelry.

The photos attached show the two suspects with their faces covered, and one rolling several suitcases out of the store. If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-20007.

Officers seize firearms in two separate incidents

In two unrelated events, officers seized a sawed off rifle and in the other, a sawed off shotgun. Both firearms were also loaded. These incidents occurred on Tuesday June 14, 2022.

Just after 8 AM, Nanaimo RCMP Bike Patrol officers came upon several persons sitting on the steps that lead to the Nanaimo Military Museum on Cameron Street. One officer saw that one of group had in his possession a fairly unique jeweler’s hammer. This lead to a fulsome discussion on how it was that the individual would have acquired such an item. The conversation didn’t go well as moments later, officers found a loaded sawed off shotgun concealed in his waistband.

The individual was promptly arrested and the firearm was seized. A search of his effects located 16 additional rounds of ammunition. The firearm, shown in the attached photo, was a a modified single-shot 22 calibre rifle.

47-year-old Robert McGeorge of no fixed address was transported to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment and lodged in cells. Later that same day multiple charges were laid against McGeorge for weapons, drugs possession, possess break in tools and breach charges. McGeorge has been remanded until June 21, 2022.

In the next incident that occurred around 3 PM, front officers responded to a report of a man who appeared to be passed out behind the wheel of a motor vehicle parked on Rosamound St. When officers woke the individual they suspected he was impaired by drugs. After detaining him. a check of his clothing located a black bag that held various amounts of suspected crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, MDMA and fentanyl. A backpack located on the floor of the vehicle and within arm’s reach of the individual, was opened and inside it was found a loaded sawed off shotgun. (photo attached)

The 48 year old man and resident of Nanaimo was held in police custody overnight. On Wednesday June 15th, he was released from custody on an Undertaking for weapons charges, with a court date pending for late July 2022. His name cannot be released as charges have not been formally laid.

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

Police seek help to identify indecent exposure suspect

Nanaimo RCMP seek help from the public in identifying the individual shown in the photo. At approximately 10 a.m. on Friday June 10, this person allegedly exposed himself to a 17-year-old female as she walked westbound along Fifth Street toward Wakeisah Avenue. The suspect was initially seen standing in an alleyway between Hillcrest Avenue and Lambert Avenue.

The youth told police that when she walked past his location and made brief eye contact with him, he exposed his genitals to her, and then began walking toward her while committing an indecent act. The youth yelled and told him she was calling the police. The suspect then turned and starting running down the alley way in a southbound direction toward Harewood Road. The youth managed to snap a picture of him before she lost site of him.

Police attended and conducted extensive patrols for the suspect but were unable to locate him.

 said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The suspect is described as:
• Caucasian, 5 ft. 10 medium build and in his 50s
• Grey hair, longer face, sunken
• Wearing a welder’s style hat (skull cap)
• Greyish/purple partial zip up shirt, brown cargo pants

If anyone can identify this individual, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-19747.

Public tips help to identify purse snatching suspect

The Nanaimo RCMP extend a sincere thank you to the public for their assistance in helping to identify the person responsible for a theft of purse. The incident reported occurred on May 2, 2022 in the food court of the Country Club Mall.

On June 9, 2022, the Nanaimo RCMP released a video and still image of a suspect who can be seen stealthy removing the purse from the back of an unsuspecting woman’s chair, then walking away with it. The video and still image were shared with the public then posted to social media. 

At this time, no information can be released on the person identified as charges have not been formally laid. Investigators are confident though the person identified by the general public is responsible for the theft. Investigators were also thoroughly impressed with the promptness and accuracy of the tips provided. A big thank you also goes out to the management of the Country Club Mall for having installed excellent CCTV cameras which captured the entire incident, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

When charges are laid, the name of the individual will be released to the public. 

Missing person Tyler Nolan

Tyler Nolan

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 38-year-old Tyler Nolan who was  last seen on May 18, at the Duke Point Ferry terminal. Nolan was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on May 31, 2022. Investigators have been told that Nolan is of no fixed address and moves about quite frequently. He has not had any contact with his immediate family since May 18th which is out of character for him. As a result, his family is concerned for his safety and well-being.

Nolan is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 9, 150 pounds.The picture provided is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Tyler Nolan, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-18342.
 

Man with gun arrested after crashing into police car

Police responded to a report of a man who had broken into a barn located on a rural property on Maughan Road located south of Nanaimo on June 7. When confronted by the property owner, the suspect produced what appeared to be a large handgun. The suspect then fled in a vehicle.

A police officer quickly intercepted the suspect vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as a 34-year-old man, refused to stop and sped off. A short time later another officer came upon the vehicle and noted that it was weaving and driving directly at his police vehicle. The suspect vehicle crashed into the front grill of the officer’s vehicle causing the officer's airbags to deploy. The officer, while shaken from the airbag deploying, managed to exit his vehicle and take control of the suspect without incident. Other officers soon arrived and the suspect was arrested for Break and Enter

EHS was called as the suspect had sustained a significant cut to his forehead. The officer was not injured and was able to continue working. The suspect vehicle, described as a grey older model Jeep, was searched or weapons or evidence. Located on the floor of the front passenger side was a Remington 1875 BB gun resembling a 357 Magnum handgun. Also found were power tools and a crack pipe. It was later confirmed that the tools were stolen from the barn that the suspect had been seen leaving earlier.

The suspect was identified as Christopher Bergsma of Nanaimo, a prohibited driver with warrants for his arrest issued out of Sidney and Saanich. On Wednesday June 8 charges were formally laid against Bergsma for Break and Enter, Possession of Break in Tools, Dangerous Driving, Fail to Stop, and Breach of Court Order x 4.

Shown in the photo, is the replica Remington 1875 BB gun handgun that was seized from Bergsma. , said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. When the court proceedings for Bergsma are concluded, the replica firearm will be destroyed.

Bergsma was remanded until June 14 to await his next court appearance.

Police trying to identify purse snatching thief

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a brazen theft of purse from an unsuspecting woman. The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday May 2, 2022, while the victim was sitting in the food court situated in the Country Club Mall.

The complainant told police the last time she had her purse was while she was at the food court. When she sat down, she hung her purse over the back of her chair. When she got up to leave her purse was gone. She frantically searched the immediate areas with no luck then reported the theft to Mall security, and then to the RCMP.

A short time later, security found her purse on the ground outside JYSK. The complainant noted that everything was intact except her BMO banking card which she immediately cancelled.

On June 1st Mall security provided still images and video of the suspect, and of the actual theft. In the video, the suspect can be clearly seen carefully picking up the purse from the back of her chair then walking away with it.

  • Caucasian, 40-55 years of age 
  •  5 ft. 5, medium build
  • Dark hair tied in a bun, black glasses and wearing a blue medical face mask
  • Black jacket, black pants and carrying a paperback book

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-14698.

See video  https://youtu.be/SP58deX50n0

RCMP arrest violent offender wanted on warrants

Kyle Gordon Ordway

UPDATE – Kyle Ordway, age 37, who was featured in an RCMP wanted report, was arrested Thursday day on his outstanding warrants. Acting on tips from the public, officers quickly located and arrested Ordway without incident. He remains in custody awaiting an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court. 

EARLIER STORY – Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 37-year-old Kyle Gordon Ordway of Nanaimo. In February 2021, Ordway was charged with Forcible Confinement, Assault with a Weapon and Theft. Ordway appeared in Nanaimo Provincial Court on these charges and was later released into the community. Shortly afterwards, Ordway breached his court ordered release conditions which lead to warrants being issued for his arrest.

Ordway is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 10, 150 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. The picture provided is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Kyle Ordway, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-3727.

Fatal pedestrian motor vehicle incident

220606 – A youth was struck and killed by a motor vehicle late Saturday night. The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 PM on Saturday June 4, 2022, on the Nanaimo Parkway in the southbound lanes, near the Aulds Road intersection. 

Police, Fire and EHS responded. Several motorists who were passing by called 911 to report that they had observed an unknown person running in and out of traffic and that moments later, this same person had been struck by a motor vehicle. The BC Coroners Service also attended and confirmed the individual, who was later identified as a 15 male youth from Nanaimo, was deceased.

The highway was closed for several hours while investigators examined the scene. On the morning of Sunday June 5th a female in her early twenties, came forward to police and indicated that she had struck the deceased with her vehicle and that she had not remained at the scene of the collision. The vehicle she was driving; an older model Nissan SUV, was seized for a forensic investigation. She was released unconditionally. 

At the time of the collision, it was cloudy and raining lightly. The deceased was wearing dark clothing.

The Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services is engaged with the family and the investigation is continuing.  If anyone has dash cam video or eye witness evidence, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-19019.

Cyclist seriously injured in collision with truck

A 70-year-old cyclist has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a collision with a truck. The incident occurred at approximately 11:15 AM on Friday May 27, 2022, in the northbound lanes of the Island Highway, just north of where the Island Highway merges with Highway 19A in north Nanaimo.

Police, Fire and EHS responded. Witnesses to the collision told police that the cyclist was proceeding north bound and appeared to be attempting to merge to the right side of the highway when he was struck by a truck that was also proceeding north. The injured cyclist was initially treated at the scene by an off-duty paramedic and nurse until such time that EHS personnel arrived. The north bound lanes were closed allowing for an air medical helicopter that was dispatched, to land just north of the collision scene and transport the injured party to hospital for urgent medical treatment. 

The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Police were able to rule out drugs and alcohol as contributing factors. The north bound lanes are closed and will remain so for several hours while investigators examine the scene. The truck involved, an older model GMC pickup, has been towed and will undergo a mechanical inspection.

 Investigators are asking for any motorists who have not spoken with police and may have dash cam video or eye witness evidence, to please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-17813.

Cst Shrestin Sundar, School Liaison Officer and Cst Josh Waltman, detachment Mental Health Liaison Officer.

RCMP adds 15 sensory support kits

Contents of autism senory kits

220526 – The Nanaimo RCMP is pleased to announce the purchase of fifteen first responder Sensory Support kits. The kits are meant to assist front line officers when responding to situations involving clients with sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum, and who may also be experiencing a mental health crisis.

The idea for the kits came from Constable Josh Waltman, the Nanaimo RCMP’s Mental Health Liaison Officer. Cst Waltman recently attended an Autism training session hosted by the Canucks Autism Network. During the session the kits were introduced and Cst Waltman immediately saw the need for them in Nanaimo. , said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Each kit comes at a cost of $100 and consists of noise cancelling headphones, booklets with visual supports, including emergency specific symbols, sunglasses for light sensitivity, sensory toys, and a whiteboard marker for non-verbal clients. The kits will be placed in selected vehicles of front line officers, School Liaison Officers and supervisor’s vehicles.

Fireworks destroy dock at Brannen Lake

Dock destroyed by suspected fireworks.

220526 - RCMP News release

At approximately 11:15 PM on Wednesday May 25, 2022, City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue crews and police responded to a fire at the public dock located at the Brannen Lake boat launch area. Police were advised by fire crews and a witness that it appeared the fire was caused by an errant firework that had landed on the dock. A portion of the dock was destroyed causing several thousand dollars in damage.

Witnesses told police they first saw bright lights high in the sky that are normally associated to fireworks. About 30 minutes later a witness reported seeing flames shooting up from the dock. Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze but nor before it caused several thousand dollars in damage. It appears that a spark from the firework most likely ignited the highly flammable foam liner on the dock. “It would be difficult to imagine that whoever set the fireworks off did not realize what they had done. The person or people responsible need to do the right thing and step up, and take responsibility” said Constable Gary O’Brien. 

If anyone has information on the fire or whoever was setting off fireworks at Brannen Lake on Wednesday May 25, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-17469.

Owner of found kayak comes forward safe and sound

220526 - RCMP News release

“I am so embarrassed but yet extremely grateful to know that there are first responders trained and ready to respond to these kinds of situations “, said Allison Wasserman, owner of the kayak found floating in the Nanaimo River.

Wasserman called the Nanaimo RCMP Wednesday May 25th to let them know she was the owner of the kayak that was found floating in the Nanaimo River on Tuesday May 24, 2022. Wasserman said that  she and her family had set out around noon on Sunday May 22, and put their kayaks in the river, just below the Cedar bridge. Just a short time later she ran into some trouble and ended up being flipped out of her kayak.

She was bruised and suffered some cuts but managed to make her way out of the water and up onto the shore.  She said the water was moving fast and the kayak was stuck under some log booms so they decided to leave it in place. The water levels in the river were expected to fall on Wednesday so they planned on retrieving it then.

Before they could retrieve it, she learned that her adventure had made its way to the local news. Wasserman called the RCMP Wednesday evening and shared her story. “I realize now that I should have reported it but with everything happening it just slipped my mind. I would though like to extend a heartfelt thank you and a sincere apology to all of the first responders who attended. I have learned a valuable lesson”, said Wasserman. 

Found kayak prompts search for possible missing person

220524 – An overturned kayak found floating in the Nanaimo River lead to a significant response by emergency crews. The kayak was first spotted at approximately 2:45 PM on Tuesday May 24, 2022, amongst some logs in the Nanaimo River, near the Nanaimo River Park, with the closest access road being Thatcher Road. 

Police, fire crews with the Cranberry Volunteer Fire Dept. with swift water training, and EHS attended along with a medical helicopter. Emergency responders scoured the shoreline while fire rescue crews put their vessel in the fast moving water to check a nearby log boom and shoreline but found nothing. The kayak, which was later recovered, is a one-person bright green plastic Pelican. “At this time, our detachment has not received any reports of overdue or missing persons. Investigators have also checked in with nearby police jurisdictions with similar results”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

If anyone recognizes the kayak or has information relating to the search, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-17416. 

Man drowns in Long Lake

220524 – Nanaimo file # 2022-1724

The body of a man was recovered by emergency crews from Long Lake after he presumably drowned while swimming Sunday evening. Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) crews recovered the body mid-morning on Monday May 23, 2022.

Police were told by his family that the deceased, who was in his late 30s, had gone for a swim sometime after 6 pm on Sunday. When he had not returned by the next morning, the police were called. Police investigators notified NSAR and within minutes of launching their vessel in the area of the lake wherehe was last seen, his body was recovered. The BC Coroners Service was contacted and attended to the scene. Foul play is not suspected.

Victim Services is engaged and at this time, out of respect for the family, no further information will be released. 

Elderly woman robbed and assaulted

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in investigating an assault and robbery of a woman in downtown Nanaimo. The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 PM on March 22, 2022, in the 100 blockCommercial St.

The victim, a 71-year-old woman, was initially hesitant to report her ordeal. However, after speaking with her husband, she decided to do so and later provided a statement to police investigators.

The woman told police that she had been at the Casino early in the day and at approximately 5:30 PM, she started walking along Commercial St when she suddenly found herself surrounded by 3-4 men. She said that one of them pinned her arms then pushed her to the ground. She struck the sidewalk with the left side of her face causing bruising and her glasses to fall off. Someone then reached into her coat pocket and took an envelop of cash that she was carrying. The suspects, whose faces were hidden by a mask or their shirts pulled up, took off running in an unknown direction.

The victim told police she had previously withdrawn some cash from the TD bank and an additional amount from an ATM inside the Casino. For this reason, she believes that she was targeted. The only description she could provide of the suspects was that they were men, and that they wore dark clothing and had hoodies on.

“The victim was embarrassed and left traumatized and bruised by her ordeal. She also realizes that she will most likely not be able to recoup her losses but she would like to hold this group of men accountable for their actions”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-9835.

Police warn club-goers to watch their drinks

The Nanaimo RCMP warns patrons of Nanaimo nightclubs to keep an eye on their drinks. Several incidents of spiked drinks were reported last weekend. The incidents occurred on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, at different downtown nightclubs.

Front-line officers were alerted on Friday after BC Paramedics responded to a call involving two people outside a nightclub, appearing to be extremely intoxicated. Their situation required both  to be hospitalized. Subsequent investigation determined that the victims may have ingested an intoxicating substance without their knowledge or consent. Police were later notified that it appears that upwards of six people ingested spiked drinks, with at least one of the victims being a man.

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

Police believe there may be other victims but that they have not come forward. The following tips are provided for your safety:

  • Always keep your drink in sight;
  • Never accept a drink from someone that you do not know. Remember, spiked drinks can happen in any social settings and do not only occur at nightclubs;
  • When on the dance floor or washroom, have a designated person be responsible for your drink; and
  • If you suddenly become light-headed, nauseous and are having difficulty breathing, do not allow yourself to become isolated. Alert your friends immediately to the situation and if necessary, seek medical attention.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-15239. 

UPDATE Missing teenager found safe and sound

Trisha Harry

EARLIER STORY - Trisha Harry is missing and RCMP seek public assistance in finding the 18-year-old. She did not return to her home on Monday, and recently made troubling comments. As a result, her caregivers and police are extremely concerned for her safety and well-being.

Harry has been known to travel as far as North Cowichan as she has friends and family living in that area. She is Indigenous and the picture is recent. She is 5 ft. 7, 140 pounds and has recently dyed her hair blue.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Trisha Harry, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-15498.

Tara-Marie Connor

Tara-Marie Connor

Help find Tara-Marie Connor

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Tara-Marie Connor. Conner recently missed a scheduled medical appointment and as result, Connor’s caregivers are extremely concerned for the safety and well-being of Connor. 

Connor is 5 ft. 5, 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Connor’s hair was recently cut short as shown in one of the attached photos. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Tara-Marie Connor, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-13216.

Know whom your are sharing the trail with

Const Gary O'Brien

The Nanaimo RCMP is warning the public to be aware when using local trails after a man exposed himself to a woman. The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 PM on Wednesday April 27, 2022, on the Beach Estates Trail. The incident was reported and the investigation is continuing.

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

In the Beach Estates trail incident, the witness described the suspect as a white man, mid 20’s, brown curly hair, and glasses. He was wearing a black jacket with grey sleeves, black sweatpants and grey runners, and was last seen walking in front of Save On Foods at Brooks Landing Mall.

The following tips are provided to assist you in staying safe while enjoying our city trails and parks

  •  When on a trail look around from time to time and see who you are sharing your space with
  •  If someone is walking behind you and it makes you feel uncomfortable, stop, pull over to the side of the trail and let them pass
  •  If you are confronted by someone who is committing an indecent act, stay calm and leave the area immediately
  •  When safe to do so, report the incident
  •  Make sure to tell other users of the situation
  •  Carry a cell phone or whistle with you.
  •  Pepper spray is an option but has limitations and should only be used if you fear for your safety
  •  If you are concerned for your safety, run in the opposite direction and make noise
  •  When wearing earbuds, keep the volume at a reasonable level so you can hear who you are sharing your space with
  • Take a look around the parking lot and see who you are sharing it with. Criminals often wait to you are several minutes in to your walk, then break into your vehicle
  • When parking remove all valuables. Better yet think about leaving your valuables at home

Don’t let a few incidents prevent you from getting out and enjoying nature. If you have information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-13979.

Liquor story robbery suspect

Suspected robbery accomplice #1

Suspected robbery accomplice #2

Bear spray used in liquor store robbery

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals shown in the photos above. It is alleged that at approximately 10:30 PM on Tuesday March 22, 2022, several expensive bottles of Scotch whiskey were stolen from the Landing Liquor Store, located in the Brooks Landing Mall. When confronted by staff, the male suspect, shown in the attached photo, produced a canister of bear spray and discharged it in the vicinity of the employee while fleeing with the booze. The two women shown are believed to have been used to distract the employees while the male suspect selected the liquor bottles.

Police attended and spoke with the employees. Medical aid was offered to both employees but was declined. The employees told investigators that it was evident to them that the two women were attempting to keep the employees occupied while the male selected the bottles. When the male suspect was confronted and told that 911 was being called, he discharged the bear spray in the exit area of the store then fled on foot into the parking lot. Police searched the surrounding area for the suspects but were unable to locate them.

The male suspect is in his mid 20’s, approximately 6 ft. 2, dark gelled hair and was wearing white runners with a zipper. One of the women is believed to be Indigenous, heavy set and was wearing a long grey jacket with a red hoodie underneath. The other woman was Caucasian, with a slim build, wearing a black and yellow face mask, and a black hoodie with a white triangular logo on the front.

If anyone has information on this incident or recognizes any of the suspects, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-9736.

Missing person – help find Laura Huebner

Laura Huebner
May 3, 2022

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 45-year-old Laura Huebner.

On April 29, Huebner’s family reported her missing to the Sidney RCMP. Police in Sidney confirmed that Huebner was last seen at the Victoria International airport on Sunday April 24, 2022, after arriving on a flight from Saskatchewan. Sometime later that same day, she is believed to have travelled to Nanaimo, arriving on or about Sunday April 24th. Since then, there have been no other confirmed sightings of her. As a result, her family is concerned for her safety and well-being. The missing persons investigation that was opened by the Sidney RCMP has now been turned over to the Nanaimo RCMP.

Huebner is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft. 8 in. 140 pounds and the picture provided is recent. Heubner was last seen wearing a white jacket, white hoodie and blue jeans. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Laura Huebner, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-14432.

Police seek assistance in aggravated assault investigation

22-05-02 – Shortly after midnight on Wednesday April 20, 2022, members of the Nanaimo RCMP were dispatched to assist Emergency Health Services at the intersection of Esplanade Street and Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo. 

The attending officers saw a black Harley Davidson motorcycle lying on its side, the paramedics attending to a wounded male nearby and assumed the driver had been involved in a collision.  It quickly became apparent however that the male had been the victim of a serious assault.

The 34 year old male from Nanaimo was flown to Victoria General Hospital and is now in stable condition.

The Nanaimo RCMP are requesting that anyone who may have witnessed an altercation, or drove through the area (and may have dash cam footage) between 11:30 pm and midnight on April 20th, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and reference file number 2022-13136.

Suspected impaired driver had students in her car

April 26, 2022

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED – A suspected impaired driver was removed from the road after a Nanaimo RCMP officer recognized a suspended driver near noon on Monday. The officer stopped the vehicle and identified a 43-year-old employee at a Nanaimo private school. She was transporting four youths going to an extracurricular event in Nanaimo. 

The person is not a teacher, but works in that school,” RCMP spokesman Cpl Sherri Wade said.

The alert officer conducted test with an approved screening device to confirm that the female driver was beyond the legal limit of alcohol in her blood to drive a motor vehicle. She was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and her vehicle was impounded. She arranged transportation for the students. 

The officer in this case did exactly what the people of Nanaimo expects from their law enforcement officers in that he observed a suspected driving offence, investigated and took an impaired driver transporting vulnerable youth off the road, said Cst Sherri Wade. This officer and many more like him are on the roads 24 hours a day looking for impaired drivers, she added.

Stolen E-bike recovered, vacuum cleaner stolen

Do you know this man? Turn him in.

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the owner of a recovered stolen E-bike and to identify an individual who allegedly stole a vacuum. The bike was recovered by officers on Wednesday April 13,while the vacuum was stolen from Lowe’s on Thursday April 7.

The theft of vacuum, at approximately 7 PM officers on April 7 officers attended to Lowe’s for a report of a theft that had just occurred. An employee told the attending officer they witnessed an unknown person run from the store without paying for a vacuum, described as a Hoover Impulse. An employee followed the suspect at a safe distance then eventually lost sight of him in the area of Rutherford Road. The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, 35-45  years old, with a beard and wearing dark clothing.

If anyone has information on the recovered E-bike or the theft of the vacuum, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote the appropriate file #.

Concerning the recovered bike, officers with the Bike Patrol located the bike while conducting a foot patrol of a deconstructed homeless encampment situated behind Galaxy Motors. Several individuals at the encampment denied any knowledge of the bike or where it came from. Based on the value of the e-bike and its condition, officers seized it for safe keeping. The bike is an orange Rayvolt Cruzer with a retail value of between $4,000-$6,000.

Police seek person of interest in suspicious fires

In the past week, 3 suspicious fires have been set in the area of Seventh St and a person of interest identified has been identified in two of the fires. (photo attached).

The first two fires occurred between 7 AM and 10 AM on Sunday April 3, 2022, on the grounds of John Barsby High School. The third fire occurred sometime overnight on Friday April 9, 2022, in the 700 block of Stirling Ave.

Fire # 1 Nanaimo file 2022-1222 Just after 7 am on Sunday April 3rd fire crews and police responded to a garden shed fire. The shed, which was destroyed by the fire, was located on the school grounds of John Barsby Secondary. While police were at the scene, information was obtained that an individual was seen in the vicinity of the fire when it was just beginning to smoulder A description of this person was provided to investigators who was last seen riding a scooter along the foot path that connects to Seventh Street.

Fire # 2 Nanaimo file 2022-11236 Just after 10 AM police and fire crews responded to a fire under a pedestrian bridge that is located on the west side of John Barsby Secondary, and just metres from the garden shed fire. When police arrived, fire crews had extinguished the blaze. Fire investigators determined the fire was suspicious in nature as it appears wood had been bundled under the bridge then set on fire. Fire crews told police that while they were attending to the fire, they saw an individual walking away from the area, and that they were able to take a picture of the person before her left the area. When police looked at the picture, it appeared that this person matched the description of the person seen near the first fire.

Fire # 3 Nanaimo file number 2022-11992 Sometime overnight on Friday April 9, 2022 a canvas car seat and candle were taken from the front porch of a home in the 700 block of Stirling Ave, then placed on the back porch of a nearby home. The seat cover was set on fire but melted before the fire could spread. There are no suspects or video evidence of the theft or fire.

While the third fire cannot be connected to the first two fires, investigators recognized that the location of the fire is approximately a six-minute walk from the other locations.

“All three of these fires are troubling because it appears that they were all intentionally set and occurred within a short distance of each other. Home owners need to be vigilant and report any suspicious fires or persons to the police”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The person of interest is described as a Caucasian man, slim build with long brown hair, and wearing a blue ski jacket, and track pants with a white stripe along the side. Of note, he had a white scooter with him. 

If anyone has information on any of these fires or the person shown in the attached photo, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Search under way for man who fell off sailboat

NPA photo

The Nanaimo RCMP with assistance from the RCMP Marine Section, Canadian Coast Guard, Nanaimo Search and Rescue, and the Nanaimo Port Authority are searching the waters off the shore of Nanaimo for a man who has presumably drowned. The incident took place at approximately 8:40 PM on Monday April 11, 2022, near Commercial Bay, off Newcastle Island, near Nanaimo.

A 911 call reported seeing a woman fall into the water. Information was then received of a man who had also fallen into the water. RCMP officers were brought to their location by the Nanaimo Port Authority Vessel and found a woman clinging to a rope tied to an anchored sailboat. The woman, who was extremely hypothermic and severely intoxicated, was lifted onto the Port Authority vessel, then transported to a waiting BC Ambulance. She was then taken to the Nanaimo hospital where she received emergency medical treatment

The man who was reported to have fallen into the water is believed to be her 59-year-old partner whom she resided with on their sailboat. A search of their vessel, shoreline and ping of his cell phone proved negative. Throughout the evening, the Canadian Coast guard hover craft and Search and Rescue helicopter, along with the Port Authority vessel and ground crews extensively searched the waters and shoreline with negative results.

This morning, the search continued with two RCMP Marine Section vessels and the RCMP Dive Team scouring the waters off the shoreline of Nanaimo. “There is nothing to indicate at this time that criminality is involved and investigators are working on the premise that the missing man fell into the water and presumably drowned”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The last known clothing that the missing man was wearing consisted of a blue and black shirt, blue jeans, and either runners or flip-flops. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-12274.   

Missing person - 28-year-old Robyn Houle

Robin Houle
April 8, 2022

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 28  year old Robyn Houle who was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on April 6, 2022. Houle’s family told police they have not heard from her in weeks which is out of character for her. Houle has been living a transient life style for some time but the lack of contact with her has them concerned for her safety and well-being.

Houle may be living with a man whose goes by the first name of Sharkie. Houle is a Caucasian woman, and the picture provided is recent. She is 5 ft. 2. 100 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Robyn Houle, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-11609.

Police seek vehicle of interest in violent home invasion

Just prior to 3 PM on Monday March 14, 2022, a man dressed in camouflage clothing burst into a north Nanaimo home, then blasted the two teenage girls with bear spray before stealing various items from the home. The incident left the girls and their families traumatized.

Nanaimo RCMP released a media request for information relating to the incident. Since that time, investigators have identified a vehicle of interest.

The vehicle that has been identified is a dark purple or brown 2000 model year Acura 1.6 EL sedan, with a missing front passenger side turn signal. This vehicle was captured on a home security system leaving the area at the time of the crime.

, said Constable Simon Gallimore of the Nanaimo RCMP. The resulting investigation has been a priority for investigators who continue to seek leads and information on this crime.

If anyone has direct knowledge of this vehicle or of the home invasion and items stolen, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-8688.

Police seek help to find Robert Hall

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 45-year-old Robert Hall, who was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on March 30. Investigators were told that the last contact Hall had with his family was on February 26, and as a result, his family is concerned for his well-being.

Hall is of no fixed address and considered to live a transient life style. To date, investigators have touched base with all emergency shelters in the Nanaimo area with no success. Hall is a Caucasian man, 6 ft. 2. 185 pounds, and the picture provided is recent.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Robert Hall, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-10655.

Couple and their pets injured by hit-and-run driver

The Nanaimo RCMP is looking for witnesses to a serious pedestrian hit and run in which two pedestrians and their two dogs were struck. The incident occurred at approximately 3:20 PM on Friday March 4, 2022 on Lorenzen Lane, at the end of Superior Road.

Police, EHS and Lantzville Fire responded. At the scene, investigators were met by Geoff, last name withheld, who told police that he and his wife June and their two dogs Marley and Taz, had just been struck by a black SUV, that drove off after striking them. His wife had already been triaged at the scene by attending paramedics and transported to the Nanaimo hospital.

Geoff said that they were walking single file along the shoulder of the road facing oncoming traffic with June in the rear. Both he and June had control of one dog each and that the dogs were on a short leash. Geoff said that without any advance warning a vehicle approached from behind them and drove directly into June. The force of the collision pushed June into Geoff then all four of them fell into the ditch on their left. Geoff managed to crawl out to the roadway and saw that the suspect vehicle had stopped a short distance from them. He yelled for the driver to help but the vehicle then sped off towards Superior Road. Minutes later Geoff flagged down another vehicle and had the driver call 911.

June was transported to the Nanaimo hospital with significant non-life threatening injuries while Geoff sustained soft tissue bruising. One of their dogs was seriously injured and required surgery to repair one of its legs. The other dog suffered serious bruising. The suspect vehicle sustained damage to the front on the driver's side as pieces of the vehicle were found at the scene. Geoff told police it was a clear day, there were no other vehicles or pedestrians in the area and neither he nor June heard the vehicle approaching.

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

If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-7458.
 

Mounties investigate possible hate crime, arrest made

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a possible hate crime based on information received that the victim was targeted due to his sexual orientation. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, at a house party on Old Slope Road. 

The victim, a 19-year-old man, reported the incident to the Nanaimo RCMP later that same day after attending to the Nanaimo hospital for a medical assessment of his injuries. It is alleged that the victim was punched in the head, then thrown to the ground where he received several more punches. The assault was stopped after friends of the victim intervened.

The investigation has lead to the arrest of a 19-year-old man for one count of assault. At approximately 10 PM on Tuesday March 29, 2022, the accused was arrested without incident. He was later released from police custody and issued with an Undertaking to appear in Nanaimo Provincial court on May 24, 2022.

“Violence of any kind is unacceptable, and especially when it involves individuals who have allegedly been targeted because of their sexual preference. We are aggressively pursuing this investigation and have reached out to the victim to ensure he is supported as the investigation progresses”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Although an arrest has been made, police are continuing with their investigation and are asking for witnesses to come forward. If anyone was at the party and witnessed the incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-10317.

UPDATE – 25-year-old Jessica Maley-Ross has been located

Jessica Maley-Ross

The Nanaimo RCMP is pleased toJessica Maley-Ross,who was reported missing on March 25, has been safely located.

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Jessica Maley-Ross who was reported missing by her family on March 25. Investigators were told that the last contact they had with her was last October.

Individuals familiar with Maley-Ross told police that they believe her health is in decline and that they are concerned for her safety and well-being. Police have checked shelters and hospitals throughout Vancouver Island with negative success.

Maley-Ross is 5' 1", 120 pounds, with long blonde hair and green eyes. The picture is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Jessica Maley-Ross, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-10020. 

Suspect arrested in attempted abduction case

March 26, 2022

Bradley Dylan Boscariol has been arrested and charged with Assault with a Weapon and Attempt to Kidnap. Boscariol is currently in police custody and has been remanded until Monday March 28, 2022. See original story below.  

The investigation into the attempted abduction, which utilized extensive resources and specialized units within the Nanaimo detachment, was a priority. “This incident outraged the community and our officers as well. The investigators were highly motivated to ensure justice was promptly carried out and that the person responsible was found and held accountable”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

The investigation moved forward quickly, primarily due to the excellent detailed description of the suspect vehicle provided by the woman.  Investigators, using investigative techniques and police databases, quickly focussed in on the suspect vehicle and its location. With the cooperation of the Ladysmith RCMP, at approximately 6 pm on Friday March 25, 2022, Boscariol was arrested in the suspect vehicle and taken into police custody.

On Saturday, March 26, search warrants in support of the investigation were carried out at a residence and the vehicle associated to the accused. 

“Having an individual arrested for this incident and in police custody within 24 hours, must be reassuring to the citizens of Nanaimo. Our investigators would also like extend their sincerest appreciation to the general public for their cooperation and assistance with this file, and to the very courageous and tough young lady who stood strong when faced with real adversity. In our books, she’s a rock star”,  said O’Brien.

Investigators are continuing with their investigation and once again are asking for the public’s assistance. Just prior to the attack, the woman told police she recalls seeing a black SUV with 3 male occupants drive slowly past her. When last seen, this vehicle had turned right from Dickinson Road onto Schook Road. Secondly, during the attack, the woman lost her brown leather backpack. A search of the scene and surrounding area proved negative for the item.

Police are asking if anyone has information on the SUV or backpack, to please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-9074.

Woman fights off attacker on Dickenson Road

Vehicle similar to the one used in the attack

A woman in her early 20 fought off a stranger who assaulted her then attempted to force her into his vehicle at approximately 7 pm on Thursday It happened in the 6900 block of Dickinson Road, near Max Bennett Pioneer Park. 

After fighting off the suspect she ran to a nearby home where the residents called 911. Police spoke with the woman who had injuries to her upper body consistent with being assaulted.

She told investigators she was walking along Dickinson Road after being getting off an RDN transit bus, when she noticed a vehicle making strange turns. Seconds later, the vehicle approached and a man got out and asked her for directions. While looking the directions up on her phone, the man swung a blunt object at her, striking her head. She fought back, then ran to the closest home. The suspect followed her on foot for a short distance, then got back in his vehicle and drove northbound on Dickinson Crossing. 

The woman later attended the Nanaimo hospital for treatment of her non-life threatening injuries. Police canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspect or his vehicle. 

The suspect 
Caucasian man, 50-60 years of age
Scruffy face, grey or dark brown hair
average height and weight

The suspect vehicle
Silver/grey Mitsubishi Outlander, newer model
Alberta plates
Front bumper hanging off (not attached on the sides)
Vehicle has a display screen in the interior

“The woman is to be commended for her actions and removing herself from a dangerous situation. Her recall was also excellent and it will greatly assist in furthering the investigation,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area at that time or lives nearby and has security footage or dash cam video, to please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-9974.

Mounties recover stolen vehicle in record time

March 24, 2022

A quick and co-ordinated response by Nanaimo Mounties led to recovery a stolen truck and the arrest of a suspect, within 20 minutes of the theft. The truck was stolen just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, from the parking lot of the North Town Centre Mall.

The owner of the truck, who works at the mall, was looking out into the parking lot when he saw his pick up being driven away. He immediately called 911. Several officers driving patrol and unmarked vehicles responded.  

Just eight minutes later, the very noticeable red pick up with a canopy, was spotted by officers being driven southbound on Highway 19A, near the Departure Bay intersection. Using their unmarked vehicles to their advantage, the officers kept a close eye on it until the driver parked in a parking lot on Larch Street.

As soon as the driver began to walk away from the vehicle, several police vehicles approached and took him into custody without incident.

“I think it’s fair to say the suspect was more than a little surprised to find himself surrounded by police and in handcuffs, just 20 minutes after stealing the vehicle”, said Constable Gary O’Brien

47 year David McCauley of Nanaimo was held in police custody overnight to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Thursday.

McCauley, of no fixed address, will have lots of time to figure out what went wrong as he was remanded until April 5, to await his next court appearance. He faces charges of Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000 and Possession of Break-in Tools.

25-year-old guitar stolen during break-in

March 23, 2022

A Nanaimo man is reeling after having his prized guitar and years of memories stolen during a recent break-in to his detached garage. The incident occurred at approximately 6:10 AM on Saturday March 19, 2022, in the 500 block of Old Victoria Road. 

Officers attended and found the deadbolt that had been securing the garage door had been pried open. A home security camera captured a poor image of a suspect wearing a black jacket with a grey hoodie underneath.  The homeowner has checked out multiple pawn shops throughout the city but has had no success.

The guitar of note is a Fender Stratocaster Seymour Duncan SH-4 double humbucker pick up, with upgraded electronics. Collin Middleton, the owner, told police he purchased the guitar 25 years ago while on a road trip with his family to Los Angeles. “I remember stenciling the Canadian flag on the frame and playing it while touring with a band I was later part of. It holds many good memories for me and I just hope to be able to get it back, “said Middleton. 

Thieves also made off with several other notable items, including a yellow 4-string Yamaha guitar, green portable generator, Harmon- Kardon AVR2600 power amp and speaker, and two Behringer amplifiers.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of this equipment, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-9303. 

UPDATE - Woman reported missing March 2 has been located

Michelle Van der Kemp

March 20 update – The Nanaimo RCMP is pleased to share that the 55 year old Nanaimo woman who was reported missing on March 2, 2022, has been safely located.

Earlier story – The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 55-year-old Michelle Van der Kemp. Van Der Kemp missed an urgent medical appointment at the Nanaimo hospital that was scheduled for March 2, 2022 and since that time, she has not been seen or heard from.

Van der Kemp was previously reported missing on February 11, 2022 for the same reasons, and located just 3 days later. Her caregivers are aware of this but nevertheless, continue to support her support through her struggles.

Van Der Kemp appears as shown in the attached photo. She is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft. 3, thin build with long brown hair and brown eyes. If anyone has information on her whereabouts, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-4385.

Departure Bay Activity Centre fire under investigation

March 17, 2022

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating an early morning fire that caused extensive damage to the Departure Bay Activity Centre, located at 1415 Wingrove St. After thoroughly examining the scene, fire investigators have since turned the investigation over to police after deeming the blaze as suspicious.

Fire crews were on scene shortly after 5:30 AM and found the structure fully engulfed in flames. The building was not occupied at the time and there was no reported damage to nearby buildings or injury to individuals. The gymnasium portion of the building sustained significant fire damage, while the adjacent parking bay which held the Salvation Army Emergency Food truck, suffered only smoke damage.

“You would be hard pressed to find anyone in the Nanaimo area who hasn’t attended an event or activity at this hall. It’s a landmark building which as served the citizens of Nanaimo well for over 60 years”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.   

Investigators are asking if anyone saw a person or vehicle in area between 5 am to 5:45 AM on Thursday March 17, 2022, or if anyone has security camera or dash cam video, to please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-8997.

Car crashes into fence, driver flees the scene

Fence around housing complex on Terminal Avenue.

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a single vehicle collision in which a vehicle crashed into a fence surrounding a supportive housing complex on Terminal Ave. The crash occurred just before 10 AM on Tuesday March 15, 2022, in the 200 block of Terminal Ave.

The vehicle involved, an older model Chevrolet Cavalier, was the same vehicle that officers had attempted to stop just minutes earlier in downtown Nanaimo for a minor traffic violation. The driver of that vehicle refused to stop and fled from police at a high rate of speed. Given the speed involved, the time of day and the amount of vehicle and pedestrian foot traffic, the officer did not attempt to stop the vehicle. It was noted though that the suspect driver then proceeded to drive through two stop signs until police lost sight of the vehicle.

 Approximately five minutes later, the same vehicle was reported to have crashed into a fence on Terminal Ave, and that the driver was seen running from the scene. A woman remained at the scene who was later determined to be the registered owner of the vehicle involved. This individual was less than forthcoming with officers when asked who was driving the vehicle.

 Police Dog Services attended but due to the volume of foot traffic in the immediate area, a track could not be established. The vehicle sustained significant damage and was towed from te scene. The fence will be repaired.

“Given the speeds involved and the subsequent crash, it is fortunate that there were no reported injuries, “said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information on this incident, they are asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-8767.

Search fails to turn up missing woman Sarah Rekrut

Sarah Rekrut

Nanaimo RCMP have conducted an exhaustive search but have been unable to locate 34-year-old Sarah Rekrut.

Rekrut was reported missing by her family on March 2, 2022. Since that time police have focused their efforts in the Nanaimo area. On Friday March 11, 2022 Rekrut was spotted in south Nanaimo on Bruce Ave. Police responded promptly to this report but were unable to locate her.

Several reports have since been received of a female resembling Rekrut in the area of John Barsby School, which is located on Seventh St at Bruce Ave. The reports said that a woman resembling Rekrut, was seen wearing a pink jacket with brown fur around the collar. Investigators have been unable to independently verify this information.

Rekrut is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft.5 in., 125 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. If anyone has information on her whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-7175.

Two girls bear sprayed during northend home invasion

March 15, 2022

Two teenage sisters were hit withbear spray Monday afternoon when a stranger burst into their north Nanaimo home just before 3 p.m. in the 5200 block of Lost Lake Road.

The sisters wisely ran from the home to a nearby residence, after coming face to face with the intruder. Police, including Police Dog Services were on scene within minutes but could not locate the suspect. It appears the suspect entered the home through an unlocked door. A hockey bag was found missing which investigators believe was used by the suspect to carry some electronics from the home.  The suspect was wearing a balaclava that covered much of his face, and was dressed in camouflage clothing.

The sisters were treated by attending BC Paramedics for the lingering effects of the bear spray then released to their parents. 

“This was a brazen incident that took place in the middle of the afternoon. This may actually assist in the investigation as someone could have seen the suspect entering or leaving the home. Additionally, there are several vigilant Block Watches in the area who will obviously assist police with their investigation” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

Homeowners are asked to check their vehicle dash-cam video and home security cameras from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM on Monday for anyone appearing to resemble the description of the suspect or of any vehicles in the area that seemed out of place.

If you have information on the incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-8688.

Man knocked out by egg thrown from passing car

Victim being treated by paramedics.

A Nanaimo man continues to struggle after being knocked unconscious by an egg thrown from a passing vehicle. The incident occurred at approximately 10:45 PM on February 25, 2022, on Uplands Drive near the Edgewater Lane turn off. 

Police arrived to find the 37 year old victim being attended to by paramedics who transported him to the Nanaimo hospital for treatment. 

Police spoke with his friends who were with him prior to the incident. All three, including the victim, were standing at the bus stop on the west side of Uplands Drive. At one point a small dark colored vehicle drove past and an object was thrown from a side passenger window. It struck the victim in the head and he fell to the ground. Only then did they realize that the object thrown at them was an egg.

The victim has limited memory of the incident and continues to have some difficultly with his thought process. He has agreed to have his picture released showing him being treated. 

We believe the person who throw the egg probably didn’t intend to cause injury and may have no idea what actually happened. With that in mind, this individual and those in the vehicle, need to step up, take responsible for their actions and call the police”, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo.

 If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-6661.

Murder charge laid in death of Sidney Mantee

March 10m 2022

First-degree murder and Indignity to Human Remains charges have been laid in the disappearance of 33-year-old Sidney Mantee. Paris Laroche, 26, has been charged after a two-year investigation. BC Prosecution Service approved charges March 9.

Laroche was arrested March 9 and remains in custody. She was scheduled to appear later today in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

The investigation required significant time and police resources. In the weeks and months following Mantee’s disappearance, investigators exhaustively searched several locations, and followed up on dozens of tips in order to gather evidence related to the homicide.

Police ask that the families involved be afforded privacy. Also, given that this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be released.

Elderly Nanaimo couple defrauded of $400,000 in lotto scam

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a scam in which a Nanaimo couple lost almost $400,000 in a Readers Digest Sweep Stakes Mega Millions lotto scam.

The scam started in early 2021 when the couple, who are both in their late 80’s, answered a phone call. The caller said he was working for Readers Digest and that he was calling to notify them that they had won $18.5 million, and a Mercedes- Bens. He told them that in order to receive their winnings, they must first pay a few administrative fees.

Several days later they received official looking documents in the mail from what appeared to be the Internal Revenue Service. The documents indicated they owed taxes on their winnings, and that they were directed to contact Mega Millions in order to arrange payment.

Every week the scammers faithfully called and directed them to make payments by cash, through money orders, in order to pay the outstanding taxes on the winnings, and to cover the storage fees of the Mercedes-Bens. Bank drafts were drawn and delivered by mail to various addresses. Throughout the year, the couple made cash payments of almost $400,000.

The financial loss the couple experienced is significant and is certainly one of the largest we have seen in Nanaimo. It also goes to shows that if fraudsters believe they have convinced you of their legitimacy, they will not stop until essentially there is no more money to give or you figure out it is a scam, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

To find out more about current frauds being perpetuated in your community and elsewhere check out the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre 

Please help locate Sarah Rekrut, missing two years

Sarah Rekrut

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 34-year-old Sarah Rekrut, who was reported missing by her family on March 2, 2022. Investigators were told by her family that they have not had any contact with Rekrut for almost 2 years.

Investigators have confirmed that the last confirmed sighting of Rekrut was on January 16, 2022, in central Nanaimo. Prior to that, Rekrut was seen a number of times in May of 2021 in downtown Nanaimo. Currently it is unknown where she is residing.

Rekrut is a Caucasian woman, 5ft. 5, 125 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. The picture provided was taken in 2021 and her appearance may have changed since then. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Sarah Rekrut, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-7175.

Senior hoping for miracle to recover lost money

March 9, 2022

A local man is hoping for a miracle after he lost an envelope that contained several thousand dollars. The 71-year-old man believes the envelope was lost on either Thursday March 3, or Wednesday March 4, 2022. somewhere in Nanaimo.

He told police he withdrew the money from his bank on March 3 and recalls placing the money in an envelope and then in a pocket of his jacket. He told investigators he took several taxis on the days in question and has called both taxi companies with no success.  

“The victim realizes it’s a shot in the dark but he is hoping that a Good Samaritan may have found his money and will do the right thing and turn it in to the local RCMP detachment", said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information on the lost money, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-7936.

Police seek help to find missing 15-year-old girl

Ava Brown

Nanaimo RCMP are asking for help to find 15-year-old Ava Brown, of Nanaimo, who was last seen walking into the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay. Based on information police have received, it is believed she arrived at Departure Bay, but may have left with an unknown person. 

Efforts to locate Ava have not been successful and, given her age, her family and caregivers are worried about her well-being.

Brown is 5-foot-6, 115 pounds and has black hair with auburn roots, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a cream-coloured hoodie, Air Force 1 sneakers and had her hair tied in a bun. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2022-7585.

Neighbourhood safety audits

Last year, Nanaimo RCMP worked in collaboration with the City of Nanaimo as well as Vancouver Island University’s Criminology Practicum Students to conduct 6 Neighborhood Safety Audits. In total, 746 residents and businesses partook in the program voicing concerns that helped implement effective strategies to reduce crime and increase public feelings of safety.

Neighborhood Safety Audits allow residents and businesses to have an opportunity to share their experiences and perceptions of crime in their neighborhoods. These types of audits are being used increasingly across North America and have been effective in engaging residents and reducing fear and frustration around community safety concerns and supporting resiliency.

This project will benefit neighborhoods in a variety of ways. By allowing residents to voice their experiences with neighborhood crime, residents will be able to directly influence the direction of the project. This will help to create a stronger cooperative relationship between these neighborhoods and the Nanaimo RCMP. It will also help create familiarity amongst members of these neighborhoods, 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 neighborhoods. 

The data collected from the Safety Audits provides a real-time snap shot of safety issues that are impacting the participating neighborhoods. In turn, it allows us, to address the real issues, instead of what the police perceive the issues to be, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

This year’s project will again be headed by the Nanaimo Community Policing Program with the support of Criminology Practicum Students and the Nanaimo RCMP. Over the next coming months, residents of the Diver Lake and Vancouver Island University Neighborhoods will be engaged through an online survey and a physical audit of the most challenging areas identified in the neighborhoods. This data will then be analyzed to identify issues in that community and the potential strategies that can be implemented to create positive change and increase community resilience.

The safety audits shed light on unreported issues in the community and give opportunity for police to fully understand the impact of crime on communities and their residents. This allows for implementation of the most effective and efficient strategies tailored to that neighborhood, Audits are dependent on community involvement so it is highly encouraged that if you live in the Diver Lake or Vancouver Island University areas to voice your concerns and experiences.

For more information or to get involved please email at Christy.wood@nanaimo.ca 
The following link provides information on the 2021 Neighborhood Safety Audits

Santa's bag left behind – police have it now

March 2

A bag full of wrapped gifts was turned into the Nanaimo RCMP detachment on Saturday. The finder told police the bag was located that day in the parking lot of the Beban Park Recreation Centre. The Paw Patrol gift bag contained several small wrapped gifts, one of which was partially torn open to reveal a child’s toy.

The gifts were most likely intended for a child’s birthday party and for unknown reasons, it ended up being left in the parking lot. The bag and contents were in good shape so they most likely had  only been in the parking lot for a short period of time, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If you have information on this gift bag, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-5709.

Do you know where Nicole Anderson is?

Nanaimo RCMP seek help in locating 42-year-old Nicole Anderson who was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP, on February 24, by a concerned family member who has not seen or heard from her in over two months. Anderson is dealing with some personal struggles. Her family is aware of this but for her to have no contact for such and extended period of time, is out of character for her. As a result, her family is concerned for her safety and well-being.

Anderson is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft. 7, 110 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is recent. Based on evidence obtained to date, investigators believe Anderson is currently in Nanaimo.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Nicole Anderson, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-6529.

UPDATE: 35-year-old man reported missing has been found

Chris Chesnic

UPDATE The Nanaimo RCMP report that 35-year-old Chris Chesnic seeks public assistance in locating 35-year-old Chris Chesnic, who was reported missing Tuesday has beern located. His family told investigators that Chesnic recently made some comments that were considered to be troubling. As a result, they are extremely concerned for his personal safety and well-being.

Chesnic may be in the vicinity of Langford and driving a red 2009 Ford F150 pickup with BC plate NV9977. Chesnic is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 11, 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is recent. Of note, Chesnic has a tattoo of a skull on his upper right arm and one of a dog on his upper left arm.

If anyone sees Chris Chesnic, call 911. If you have information on his whereabouts, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-6263.

Update on homicide at coffee house investigation

220213 - The investigation continues into the discovery of body on Saturday 12 at approximately 9 am, inside the Buzz Coffee House, at 4890 Rutherford Rd. An individual located and arrested inside the business remains in police custody.

The business remains closed while forensic investigators examine the scene. Additionally, investigators from the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit have also carried out two search warrants in connection to the homicide. 

Investigators are confident that based on the evidence collected to date, there was no connection between the deceased and the individual arrested at the scene, and that this was a random incident with a tragic outcome, “said Reserve Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

To assist with the investigation, police are asking for anyone who may have arrived at the business between 7 am and 9 am, on Saturday February 12, 2022 and saw anything that may be considered suspicious, to please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line, and quote file # 2022-4898.

RCMP issue alert about recent scams in the new year

22-02-03 – Nanaimo RCMP warns residents and businesses about three scams that have popped up in the new year.

Fake “Flexiticards” –  January 20, a computer retail store in Nanaimo reported that a suspect(s) had purchased multiple Mac Pro books using fraudulent “Flexiticards”.  Flexiti is a Canadian company that allows clients to buy online or in-person with retailers in the Flexiti Network.

Credit Card Investigative Unit – On February 2, a Nanaimo resident reported he received a call from someone pretending to work for the Mastercard Investigation Unit.

He was told his Mastercard had been compromised and that he needed to purchase pre-paid credit cards to help catch those responsible. The man complied and provided the card numbers, expiry dates and security codes to the thief.  He told police that as he was buying the cards, staff warned him that he might be the victim of a scam.
On the advice of his friends, he called the police, but it was too late, and the thief had used the funds on the pre-paid cards.

Microsoft Alert – February 2, a Nanaimo resident reported that his computer froze, and a Microsoft alert appeared on the screen. Then a warning that someone was attempting to steal a large sum of money out of his bank accounts. A "helpline" phone number appeared on the screen, and he called for assistance. He spoke to someone who said they were fixing the problem but gained total control over his computer. The fake technician told him that he could appease the hackers by purchasing gift cards for them. Realizing he was being scammed,  the owner turned off his computer. He went to his bank to ensure his accounts were secure, and although the fraudster had changed all the passwords, no one had removed any money from the accounts. The owner then had his computer wiped clean by a computer specialist.

"It can happen to any of us," said Cst Sherri Wade with the Nanaimo RCMP. "We are busy; we click on a link that we shouldn't, we give personal information to people who are skilled in tricking us. I encourage people to go to the "Canadian Anti Fraud Center" website. The website provides up to date information on the most recent scams, how to protect yourself and if you become a victim of a scam, how to report it."

Police seek suspect after Fifth Street armed robbery

22-02-03 – Nanaimo RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect in an armed robbery at the 500 block of Fifth street on January 26. 

At 9 pm that day, The Nanaimo RCMP responded to a robbery with a weapon at the 500 block of Fifth Street, Nanaimo. The caller reported that the suspect had entered the business, pointed what appeared to be a handgun at an employee, stole money and lottery tickets and then fled.  

The suspect was described as approximately 40 years old, 5'6" tall and wearing a black ski mask and a blue coat.

Police responded quickly, but they did not apprehend the suspect.

Cst Shirri Wade said "it was extremely upsetting for the employees. Fortunately, no one was injured, and our Police-Based Victim Services personnel are working with anyone who the crime had impacted." "The 500 block of Fifth street is a busy area, and if you were driving by or walking in the area at approximately 9 pm on Jan 26 and saw someone matching the clothing description of the suspect, you may have valuable information that could assist the investigation.”

If you have information that may help to identify this suspect, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and reference file 2022-2949.

UPDATE - Missing Nanaimo man found safe

Trevor Loffler

UPDATE - RCMP report that 30-year-old Trevor Loffler of Nanaimo has been locted.

Earlier report - He is 5'6, 146 lbs, with short black hair, a goatee and brown eyes.

The night of January 29, Trevor was with his family at the family home. He was given a ride to 2114 Meredith Road, and no one was spoken to him since.
Trevor was last seen wearing a short, black puffy jacket, jeans and white and red shoes, and may be riding a black and red Giant Mountain bike with white forks. 

Attempts to contact Trevor by phone and social media have not been successful.

The RCMP are concerned for his well-being and are asking anyone who may have any information that may assist the police in locating Trevor to please call the Nanaimo RCMP (250) 754-2345

UPDATE – Missing Nanaimo woman has been located

Megan Paquette

UPDATE – The Nanaimo RCMP reported this morning that  Megan Paquette of Nanaimo hs been located.

Earlier story - Megan is a 35-year-old Indigenous woman with long brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5'8 and 141 lbs.

On January 28, Megan told her family that she was going to Collier Dam Park, 635 Wakesiah Avenue, Nanaimo. On January 29, 2022, her family reported her missing; they had not spoken to her in 24 hours.

Police inquiries revealed that Megan had been at Nanaimo Regional Hospital between 10 am and 12:15 pm on January 29, 2022. Attempts to contact her by phone and social media have not been successful.

The RCMP and Megan's family and friends are concerned for her well-being and are asking anyone who may have any information that may assist the police in locating Megan to please call the Nanaimo RCMP (250) -754-2345

Police dog leads rescue of senior lost in the bush

Police dog Luthor came to the rescue Friday after a 75-year-old Nanaimo man called RCMP for help. He had been hiking on a trail off of Vipond Road in Nanaimo and had become disoriented. He told police dispatchers that he was very wet, and officers became concerned for his well-being as the temperature had dropped to 1 degree.

Cst Hough of the RCMP Police Dog Services and Luthor came to help the patrol members on the scene; the police had narrowed down a search area by utilizing the GPS in the man's cell phone. Luthor tracked a few trails for approximately 350 metres and veered into the bush and found the man 200 metres awayl. The man was not injured."

We applaud the gentleman for calling the police, said Cst Wade, Nanaimo RCMP. "Sometimes, it's hard to admit that we are lost." "And, she continued, "as a police officer, I am always pleased when a PDS officer and their canine partner arrive on the scene. They are highly skilled teams and extremely effective.”

Drugs and replica weapons seized after traffic stop

Items seized by RCMP after traffic stop

On January 19,  at approximately 4:30 PM, Officers with the Nanaimo RCMP Street Crime and Community Response Unit performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a male known by police for not having a valid driver’s licence. 

There were three occupants inside the vehicle identified by police who were found to be associated to the drug trade. Through police investigation they located 10 ounces of Crystal Methamphetamine, 2.5 ounces of crack cocaine, 149 prescription pills, 500 ml of GHB, $385 Canadian currency, 4 cell phones, a digital scale and 5 replica firearms.  

Total estimated value at Street level is approximately $40,000. 

All occupants were released from scene pending analysis of items seized for charge approval.

Vehicle stop leads to guns, drugs, weapons and bomb

220126 – In the early morning hours of Saturday January 22, 2022, Nanaimo RCMP officers were conducting proactive patrols in the area of Bowen Road and Meredith Road when they observed a suspicious vehicle. They quickly determined that the vehicle in question, an older model Ford Focus, did not have valid insurance and initiated a traffic stop to investigate further. 

What the investigating officers did not expect to find after locating a stolen insurance decal, were various types of prohibited weapons, drugs, several hundred dollars in Canadian currency, and an improvised explosive device. 

Of note, officers located a loaded .12-gauge shotgun and a loaded .12 gauge "zip-gun" improvised firearm, and a prohibited stun-gun flashlight. A homemade improvised explosive device was also found in the vehicle. The RCMP Explosives Disposal (EDU) were consulted and recommended that the device be taken to a nearby field until such time EDU could attend and safely destroy it.

"This is an excellent example of General Duty Officers in Nanaimo conducting a thorough investigation of a suspicious vehicle that went from a straight forward charge under the Motor Vehicle Act charge for no insurance, to apprehending three persons and getting several extremely dangerous weapons off the streets." said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

The suspects arrested were a 31-year-old male from Vernon, and a 23-year-old male and a 28-year-old female, both from Nanaimo. Charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing. All of the individuals were later released while the investigation continues.

UPDATE: missing 25-year-old has been located

Tara-Marie Connor.

Earlier story – The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Tara-Marie Connor. On January 11, 2022, Connor was scheduled to receive medical treatment at the Nanaimo hospital. Connor missed the appointment and as a result, their caregivers are extremely concerned for the  safety and well-being of Connor.

Connor identifies as a man, and is 5 ft. 5 in., 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Connor's  hair was recently cut short as shown in the attached photos. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Tara-Marie Connor, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-1086.

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.