Off-duty cop catches gas thief red handed

An off-duty Mountie with the Nanaimo RCMP is being credited with catching a thief who was in the process of siphoning gas from a vehicle belonging to the Boys and Girls Club. The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 AM on Saturday November 19, 2022, in the parking lot of the Boys and Girls Club, located at 1400 Cranberry Ave.

The officer later commented that he drives that same route every day and often casts a watchful eye towards the property to ensure no one is tampering with the vehicles. On this day, his vigilance paid off. As he passed by, the officer spotted an individual crouched low behind a vehicle. Next to the suspect, a hose could be seen extending from a gas tank of one of their vehicles.

The officer pulled in and drove towards the suspect. Realizing the gig was up, the suspect tried to make a break for it. The officer was expecting this and after parking his vehicle, he too set off on foot after the suspect. A short foot pursuit followed by a brief struggle eventually led to the suspect being detained for the theft.

“Thieves have hit the Boys and Girls Club hard in recent years from petty thefts to siphoning of gas. Hopefully this arrest will set the tone amongst other criminals that their property is not for the taking, and is meant for the kids they support,” said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The 53-year-old man was later released on an Appearance Notice for Theft under $5000 and issued with a court date of January 31, 2023.

Stabbing victim turned out to be the aggressor

A man police initially thought was the victim of an early morning stabbing, has since been arrested for his role in the altercation and is in custody. The incident occurred at approximately 4:15 am on Thursday, in the vicinity of the Dollarama, at the intersection of Fifth St and Bruce Ave.

Police, Fire and EHS responded after reports of an injured person who had staggered into the nearby 7-11 requesting medical assistance. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was later released after being treated for his injuries.

After reviewing closed circuit TV evidence which captured the initial alteration, and was not initially available at the time of the stabbing, it became evident to police that the “victim” was in fact the aggressor, and had initiated the altercation. Late in the afternoon police went to the home of the 32-year Nanaimo man and arrested him for assault with a weapon. 

“Based on the evidence obtained to date, investigators believe the accused, who has mental health issues, initiated an unprovoked attack on a marginalized person of no fixed address”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien.

The victim, who has since been identified, did not require medical treatment.

If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-41242.

 

RCMP seek help in finding 31-year-old Blaze Lupton

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 31-year old Blaze Lupton, who has not been seen by his family since October 31, 2022, and reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on November 13, 2022. His family is concerned for his safety and well-being.

Lupton is of no fixed address and is believed to be in the Nanaimo area. Extensive patrols have been made by investigators to homeless encampments and emergency shelters throughout Nanaimo; however, they have had no success in finding him. Lupton is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 11, 135 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. The picture provided is relatively recent.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Blaze Lupton, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-40087.

Woman found unconscious with child in car

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating an incident of suspected impaired driving in which the driver of a vehicle was found passed out in the driver’s seat, along with her infant strapped in to its baby seat. Shockingly, the vehicle was in park but the engine was still running. A dog was also located inside the vehicle. The vehicle was located at approximately 10:30 AM on Thursday November 17, in the parking lot of the North Town Centre Mall.

Officers were first alerted to the Ford pickup, after a report was received from Oceanside RCMP that the same vehicle had been involved in a hit and run collision earlier that same day. 

When officers eventually found the vehicle, they tried to repeatedly rouse the woman by yelling and knocking on the windows but were unable to. At this time, the officer called for EHS and Fire to respond and assist with removing the woman safely from her vehicle.

With the assistance of EHS and Fire crews, the 35-year-old woman was eventually awoken and helped from the vehicle. To ensure there were no medical issues at play, she, along with her child, were transported to the Nanaimo hospital for a medical assessment. While being transported by EHS, officers detected a strong odor of liquor on her breath which provided grounds to pursue an impaired driving.

At the hospital, both mother and child were medically examined. The child was turned over to its father and the woman was transported to the Nanaimo detachment. While at the detachment, two samples of her breath were obtained; both being 2.5 times over the legal limit.

The driver was later issued with a 90-day Roadside Prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 24 hours. She was then served with an Appearance Notice to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on charges of Drive While Impaired and Drive While Over the Legal Limit of .08, both being criminal charges.

This incident is disturbing on many levels but needless to say that we are just glad that the child was not injured in any way, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

Missing person- 29-year old Robyn Houle

Robyn Houle

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Robyn Houle, who has not been seen or heard from since November 1,2022. Houle is currently of no fixed address. She is believed to be sheltering in parks throughout Nanaimo; however, to date investigators have been unable to locate her.  Police were told by her family that given her lifestyle and her known associates, they are concerned for her safety and well-being. 

Robyn Houle is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft. 2, 100 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. The picture provided is recent. 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 # 2022-41121.

Arrest warrant issued for Nanaimo woman

Jennifer McMillan

If you have information on the whereabouts either Jennifer McMillan, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote the respective file number.

Wanted for: Trafficking & Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x 3
Nanaimo file # 2021-10777
On March 26, 2021, it is alleged that the McMillan was observed by RCMP officers making several hand to hand transactions in the downtown core of Nanaimo. The officers formed the opinion the accused was trafficking in illegal street level drugs. The accused was approached by the officers and arrested for the suspected trafficking. A search of her belongings incidental to her arrest, located a small amount of suspected crystal methamphetamine and fentanyl. Drug testing later confirmed this and also a small amount of ketamine.

McMillan recently failed to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court. As a result, a warrant has been issued for her arrest. McMillan is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft.7, 150 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Missing person 30-year-old Dominque Larocque

Dominque Larocque

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old Dominque Larocque who has not been seen since October 20. Prior to that date, She had maintained regular contact with her family. For unknown reasons, she stopped communicating with them. For her to do this is out of character, and as a result, her family is concerned for her safety and well-being.

Larocque had been living at the Samaritan House in Nanaimo from October 20 to Octobe 26. She has contacts throughout central Vancouver Island and it is unknown if she is in Nanaimo.

Larocque is 5 ft. 7, 130 pounds with brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes. The picture is relatively recent. If anyone has information on the location of Dominque Larocque, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-38815

Missing 37-year-old Nanaimo man has been located

Darin McGiffen

RCMP report that a 37-year Nanaimo man, who was reported missing on Nov. 1 has been located safe and sound. "We thank the public for their efforts in locating this individual. People go missing for variety of reasons. Regardless why, we are committed to doing what we can to find them, and that often depends on how actively we engage with the public. For your collective and continued efforts, thank-you", said R/Cst Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

Earlier story – 221107 - The Nanaimo RCMP seek help from the public to find 37-year-old Darin McGiffen, also known as Meeka. He has not been seen or heard from since last Tuesday. He made some troubling comments prior to being reported missing and as a result, police and his support network are concerned for his overall safety and well-being. He has no fixed address. Investigators have attended to numerous tent encampments and emergency shelters throughout Nanaimo without success.

McGiffen is a Caucasian, 6 ft. 1, 155 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. The picture is relatively recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Darin McGiffen, aka Meeka, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-38711.

Surfboard stolen from pickup truck in parking lot

221030 – The Nanaimo RCMP is asking the public for their assistance in locating a stolen surfboard. The theft occurred sometime overnight on Monday October 24, 2022, from the parking lot of MacDonald’s, located on Princess Royal Ave.

The owner, who is from Vancouver, told police the surfboard was taken from the back of his pickup truck that was parked in the MacDonald’s parking lot. The surfboard is described as a 7-foot dark green Softech roller, with 3 fins and a white strip across the front top with the brand name on it. There is also a neon yellow leash attached. to the board.

If anyone has information on the theft or whereabouts of this item, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-37959. 

  • white Urban Cruiser E-bike

  • xtreme X E-bike

RCMP looking for two stolen electric bicycles

221028 – The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating the theft of two E-bikes taken sometime overnight on Tuesday October 25, from the backyard of a home located in the 100 block of Pine Street. The bikes are described as follows:

#1 white Urban Cruiser E-bike with black/blue trim saddle bags, small horn and mirrors. Serial # F220180905046

#2 black Igo Extreme X E-bike, with black moon saddle. Serial # unknown

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of these bikes, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-37797.

Man remains in custody after security guard assaulted

Oct. 25, 2022

A 52-year old Nanaimo man remains in custody after a security guard was assaulted with a pipe while on foot patrol on Saturday on Victoria Crescent. Michael Maud of Nanaimo has been charged with Assault with a Weapon and Assault Causing Bodily Harm.  

Police and EHS responded. The victim who sustained several cuts and bruises to his face,  told officers he knew who his attacker was and that the suspect had fled just prior to police attending. The security guard said he was walking past the A&W restaurant when for unknown reasons the suspect appeared with a pipe and began swinging it at him. The victim raised his hands to protect himself and was struck by the pipe then punched in the face several times. He was assessed at the scene by EHS and elected to not to attend the Nanaimo hospital for medical treatment. 

Approximately one hour later the suspect was located in the parking lot of the 7-11 on Terminal Ave and was arrested without incident.   

On Sunday October 23, a Judicial Bail Hearing was held at the Nanaimo detachment for 52-year old Michael Maud of Nanaimo. At the conclusion of the hearing, Maud, who is of no fixed address, was formally charged with Assault with a Weapon and Assault Causing Bodily Harm. Maud was then remanded into police custody to await his next court appearance which is set for Tuesday November 15, in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

Teenagers sought after fence was intentionly set on fire

221017 - Police are investigating after a fence was deliberately set on fire. The fire was reported at approximately 7:45 pm on Saturday, at a property located in the 500 block of Sixth Street.

Witnesses saw a large group of teenagers (9-12) standing next to the fence which is wrapped in blue plastic tarp to prevent tagging. The tarp quickly caught fire and just as the fire started to spread, the teenagers fled on foot.  A neighbour responded and extinguished the blaze before it could do further damage. The suspects were last seen gathering at the lacrosse box near John Barsby High School, and several of the youths were wearing either red jackets or red hoodies.  

“Investigators have no doubt the fire was intentionally set and are following up on several leads as to who is responsible”, said R/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 # 2022-36624.

Gas bar robber ends up getting robbed

221017 - A 27-year-old woman, who robbed a local gas bar with a toy gun, ended up becoming a victim  herself when a wannabe thief made off with her ill-gotten gains. The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday October 13,at the Co-op gas station located on Victoria Crescent.

Police responded and while enroute were provided a description of the suspect. Officers were told that the suspect had pointed a gun at the clerk, demanded money, then fled into the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of cash that was stuffed into a backpack.

An officer was quickly on scene and located the suspect still in the parking lot, and holding a small snub-nosed pistol. After being told to drop the pistol and backpack, the officer noted that the pistol was a plastic toy. The woman was arrested and escorted to the police vehicle. After securing her in his vehicle parked just a short distance away, an unknown person made off with the unattended backpack.

The officer noticed and gave chase locating the backpack thief just a short distance away. The suspect, a 30 year old man, was arrested without incident and turned over the backpack. He was released with charges are pending. The money was then turned over to the gas station.

Karlee Pelletier was held overnight in police custody and on Friday October 14, 2022 appeared in Nanaimo Provincial Court and was formally charged with Robbery with an Imitation Firearm, Robbery, and Disguise with Intent. Following her court appearance she was remanded into custody to await her next appearance set for Thursday October 2o, 2022. Victim Services were requested and are actively assisting the employees of the business.

"We have seen a lot of weird things but we don’t often see the robber end up being robbed.We’re just thankful the situation ended quickly and that the stolen money was recovered and returned”, a said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Chained e-bikes stolen from underground parkade

221015 – The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating the recent theft of two E-bikes. The theft occurred sometime overnight on Wednesday October 12, 2022, from an underground parkade located at 566 Stewart Ave. The bikes were chained and secured when stolen. The owner was only able to provide a picture and description for one of the two bikes that were stolen.

The attached picture is of a black Pedego Boomerang E-bike with serial # LF210824962. If anyone has information on this bike or the theft, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-36146.

Police looking for owner of abandoned kayak

Oct. 14, 2022

The Nanaimo RCMP is in possession of a kayak that was found floating in the Millstone River near Mill Street. The blue 10-foot kayak was found at approximately 6:30 p.m., on Thursday October 13. 

Police attended a short time later and spoke to a witness. This person told the attending officer that they had seen an adult man falling out of the kayak into the river. This individual then proceeded to swim to shore, walked up the embankment and did not return for the kayak. Based on the information provided, the officer decided to seize the kayak for safe-keeping.

 If anyone has information on the ownership of the kayak or where it came from, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-36349.

Luggage stolen from driveway as owner was loading them

At approximately 5 AM on Monday October 3rd,  two pieces of luggage bags were stolen from the driveway of a home on Wellesley Ave. The owner told police he had been loading his vehicle up for an upcoming trip and had left the bags unattended in his driveway for a short period of time. When he returned the bags were gone. One was located a short distance away. The other travel bag was not found and contained his clothing, a laptop and a toiletry bag. Note: This was a crime of opportunity. Unfortunately, given the rise in petty crime, nothing of value can be left unattended for any period of time. 

If you have information on any unsolved crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. If you have questions or concerns, they can also be submitted to Nanaimo_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or by calling the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section at 250-755-3257 or 250-755-3163. 

Nanaimo file # 2022-34932 Theft of baggage 

Drinking in your car on the ferry is not the best of ideas

Tossing back a few cold ones while riding the waves on a B.C. Ferry is not the best of ideas. Police were called to a report of a possible impaired driver on board a ferry unloading at the Departure Bay Ferry terminal recently. 

Police were told the driver had been seen consuming a number of beers during the ride to Nanaimo. Police intercepted the vehicle on Stewart Avenue. A breath sample was provided by the driver which resulted in a WARN. The driver was issued a three-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for three days.  A sober ride was obtained for the driver. 

The RCMP press release said BC Ferries are excellent partners to work with. Their employees provide real time information and their surveillance systems are often relied upon in police investigations.

Police seek help in finding woman missing more than a year

Charmaine Mitchell,

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 48-year-old Charmaine Mitchell, who has not been seen or heard from by her family since July, 2021. Mitchell has had her struggles over the years and as a result she has drifted away from her immediate family. Family members recently contacted the Nanaimo RCMP to assist them in locating her.

Mitchell occasionally goes by the name of El Chapo. She has no phone, she does not drive a motor vehicle., and she lives a transient lifestyle. She is also known to frequent downtown Nanaimo. The picture is several years old. Mitchell is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft. 10, very thin and has blonde hair. She frequently wears bandanas. Mitchell has a rose and tribal tattoo on her left arm, and a rose tattoo on her right hand.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Charmaine Mitchell, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-35301. 

Electronics and jewelry stolen in residential break-in

221012 - Thieves made off with electronics and jewelry in a break-in Oct. 5 in a home in the 1800 block of Latimer Road. Thieves entered through a lower floor bathroom window Between 9 and 11:30 a.m. a laptop, Chrome book and a Bluetooth speaker were taken along with, four gold rings, gold earrings, a Nixon black watch, and a silver NHL watch engraved with the names of Lloyd and Matt Gilmour on the back.

Neighbours reported seeing two suspicious characters in the area. First person: Caucasian man, mid 30s, slim build, 5 ft. 8, wearing glasses and a goatee. He was wearing khaki pants, a dark hoodie and carrying a black backpack. Second person: Caucasian man, mid 20s, 5 ft.6. 140 pounds, with shoulder length curly hair. He was wearing blue jeans and black hoodie. Both were last seen walking along Manchester Lane. 

Kudos to alert neighbours for providing the excellent description of the possible suspects. Nanaimo file # 2022-35234 Break and Enter

UPDATE – Missing Nanaimo woman has been found

Kiana Gilroy-Diduck

221024 - Nanaimo RCMP report that the 23-year old Nanaimo woman who had not been seen by her family since October 1, 2022, has been located safe and sound.

221012 - The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 23-year-old Kiana Gilroy-Diduck, who has not had any contact with her family since October 1, 2022. Additionally, Gilroy-Diduck was scheduled to move out of her apartment at the end of September, however, to date none of her belongings have been removed. For these reasons, her family is concerned for her safety and well-being.

Gilroy-Diduck is a Caucasian woman and the picture provided is recent. She is 5 ft., 5, 100 pounds, with long brown hair and green eyes. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Kiana Gilroy-Diduck, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-34737.

Pedestrian sent to hospital after being struck in crosswalk

221011 -The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating an incident in which a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle while walking through a marked crosswalk. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 PM on Sunday October 9, 2022, on Highway 19A at a crosswalk which leads to the Terminal Park Mall.

Police, EHS and Fire attended. The victim, age 25, was transported to the Nanaimo hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. While only preliminary, police believe that based on witness evidence and dash cam video, the victim and her friend, were legally walking through a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a northbound vehicle. The vehicle involved, a newer model SUV, was being driven by a woman in her late 20’s who remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Police were able to rule out alcohol as a contributing factor. Distracted driving, however, cannot be ruled out at this time. Southbound lanes were closed for several hours while the scene was examined. The vehicle involved was towed from the scene and will undergo a mechanical inspection.

The investigation is continuing.

Police look for boat stolen from Westwood Tennis Club

 

It’ won’t be smooth sailing when RCMP catch up to the person who stole a boat sometime between September 26 and 28, from the Westwood Tennis Club, 2367 Arbot Road.

It’s a 15-foot flat-bottom with an aluminum hull and black strip. It is quite old and does not show a brand. A 115-horsepower Suzuki outboard motor with a jet drive, and a 8-horsepower Mercury motor were attached to the boat. The vessel number is BC5692609 and the HULL number is AW3101016484.

On board was a BBQ, 2 oars, a 2000-watt generator and 3-4 PFD’s. At the time of the theft, the boat was on a Roadrunner trailer with BC plate # WCM14P. If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2022-34412. 

Have you seen Jessica Maley-Ross?

Jessica Maley-Ross

Nanaimo RCMP seek public help to find the 25-year-old last seen in Vancouver on Sept. 6. Her friends are concerned for her safety and well-being. She lives a more or less transient lifestyle, has no phone and does not drive. Jessica is 5ft. 1, 120 pounds with blonde 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 # 2022-35113.
 

Wire thefts leave part of city without electricity

Wire stolen from junction boxes

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating several thefts of wire that have occurred recently in central Nanaimo. The most recent theft occurred sometime overnight on Tuesday October 4 and involved 75 metres of wire being ripped out of light standard junction boxes along Bowen Road. 

Thieves have been focussing their attention io the area next to Wall Street, along Bowen Road and continuing west along Bowen Road to Pine Street. The theft knocked out street lights for 4 to 6 hours and cost upwards of $4,000 to repair and to replace the wiring. This year alone, thieves have stolen almost four kilometres of wiring costing the city upwards of $30,000 to replace.

Investigators know from previous experience that only certain individuals are involved in these  kinds of thefts. The pool of suspects is relatively small but we do need the public’s help in identifying those responsible, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information on these incidents, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-35084.

Police seek leads to identify suspect in jewelery theft

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for assistance in identifying the individual shown in the attached photo. On June 27, 2022, this person allegedly stole a 26 inch 14 carat gold necklace valued at approximately $5500 from People’s Jewellers, located in the Woodgrove Centre. Video surveillance has recently been obtained of the suspect and the vehicle that he is associated to.

Employees told investigators that the suspect walked into their business shortly before 1:30 PM on June 27th. After looking at several items, the suspect tried on a necklace and moments later, ran out of the store with it around his neck. The suspect is a Caucasian man, approximately 5 ft. 5 inches tall, slim build with dark greasy hair. He was wearing a dark medical mask, K2 stone hat, a pink sweater and grey shorts.

Video surveillance showed the suspect entering the Mall and shortly after the theft, getting into the passenger side of a blue (possibly) Kia motor vehicle. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Pickup collides with pedestrian in wheelchair

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a motor vehicle collision between a pedestrian in a wheelchair and a pickup truck. The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday, near the intersection of Railway Ave and Fifth St. 

Police, Fire and EHS responded. The victim, a man in his early 60s, suffered serious injures and was later airlifted to a hospital in Vancouver. The vehicle involved, an older model Ford Ranger, was driven by a woman in her 60s who was travelling with one passenger. Neither of the two in the pickup were injured and both remained at the scene and co-operated with investigators. 

After speaking with witnesses and gathering evidence at the scene, it appeared to investigators that the driver of the pickup was proceeding eastbound on Fifth St. The pickup had just driven up a slight crest in the roadway when the vehicle collided with the wheelchair. The victim was traveling adjacent to railway tracks that cross over Fifth St and was not in a marked crosswalk.

Investigators have ruled out alcohol and excessive speed as contributing factors, and at the time of collision, it was dark and the roads were dry.

The vehicle involved was impounded and will undergo a mechanical inspection. Police are also asking for anyone who witnessed the collision, and has not already spoken with investigators, to please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-34403.

Police seek help in finding unique missing bag

Nanaimo RCMP seek help in finding a unique bag that was lost in the Mill Bay area. The bag is believed to have been accidentally dropped sometime between 1 p.m, and 1:30 p.m., on Thursday September 22, in the parking lot of a Tim Horton’s at 825 Deloume Road in Mill Bay. The owner of the bag lives in Nanaimo and reported it missing to the Shawnigan Lake RCMP.

The bag is approximately 12 inches by 12 inches, is made of black fabric and has a metal nozzle and zipper attached to the outside of it. If anyone has information on the location of this bag, please contact either the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 or the Shawnigan Lake RCMP non-emergency line at 250-743-5514.

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.