Second theft of grave site vases from Cedar Valley cemetery

In the past two weeks there have been approximately 12-14 bronze vases stolen from grave sites at a local cemetery. The first theft occurred on or about May 12, and the last theft was reported on May 17. All the thefts have occurred at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens

at 2347 Cedar Road.


The vases, shown in the photo, are purchased by family members, then filled with flowers or other personal items and placed grave side. To date no suspects have been identified.


These thefts are extremely disturbing. First and foremost the families who purchased the vases then placed them next to their loved ones are simply outraged that someone would resort to stealing something as personal as this. Also, there is really no commercial value for bronze so overall, it just doesn’t make sense.


Depending on the style chosen, the vases are between 9 to 12 inches tall and weigh approximately two pounds. If anyone has information on these thefts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Police investigating three bear spray

incidents that may be related


RCMP are investigating three incidents that occurred within a 24-hour period, involving young persons who assaulted three adults using either bear spray, a metal baton and in one incident a knife. All three victims required medical attention. Two of the victims were homeless while the other was a local business man. The attacks occurred April 29 in central Nanaimo and police have not identified any suspects. All three investigations are ongoing.


The first incident was reported just after midnight on April 29 in the vicinity of Dufferin Crescent and Grant Avenue. The homeless victim was pushing a shopping cart and was in the company of an adult woman. The victim said two unknown persons approached from the direction of Dufferin School and that they were wearing dark clothing. The victim was hit with bear spray and struck with a metal baton. The victim was transported by BCEHS to the Nanaimo hospital for treatment of a possible broken arm and for the affects of the bear spray. His female companion was not injured. The youths were not located.


The next incident took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. the same day in the 3100 block of Island Highway. The victim, the owner of a local chiropractic service, said he chased two youths out of his business for yelling obscenities. While chasing the two, one of the youths turned and hit him in the face with a blast of bear spray. The victim stopped and the youths ran off. BCEHS transported the victim to the Nanaimo hospital to have his eyes flushed. The suspects were described as 14-16 years old. The youth who used the bear spray was wearing a burgundy sweater and the other was wearing a dark sweater.

The third and last incident was reported outside the supportive housing unit at 2600 Labieux Road. Police responded to find an adult man lying on the ground with an apparent knife wound and suffering from the effects of bear spray. The victim said there were three suspects and they were first seen near the roundabout on Labieux Road. The victim said the suspects appeared to be younger males, they were wearing dark clothing, balaclavas and they may have had brown skin. After the attack, the three were seen running away along a nearby bike path toward Highway 19A. The victim was transported to hospital by BCEHS for medical treatment of his injuries.


These incidents are all disturbing given the randomness of each and the violence involved. Additionally, given the ages of the suspects, the description provided by the victims and weapons used, it appears that all three attacks may have been carried out by the same individuals.


If anyone has information on any of these occurrences, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Multiple weapons found

in loitering investigation

An investigation of loitering outside a local business resulted in the arrest of a man for possession of multiple weapons including a loaded sawed-off shotgun.  The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 AM on Tuesday in the parking lot of the 7-11 on Fifth Street.


The patrols of this and other parking lots are carried out by Bike Patrol officers due to a reported increase in loitering, trespassing and unwanted criminal activity. 

On this date, officers encountered three individuals sitting in a parking stall outside the business.


One of the men, who was known to police, was also known to be prohibited from possessing break in tools of any kind. As officers approached the three, they noticed that this individual had a backpack with him and beside it was a large axe. The man was immediately arrested for breaching an existing court order for possessing break in tools.


A search of the backpack and his clothing incidental to arrest located several more knives and a smaller axe. More disturbingly, while checking the backpack officers also found a modified (sawed-off) shotgun, that was loaded and ready to fire. The man was promptly arrested for possessing the knives, axe, and the firearm.


29-year old Roddy Weidman from Nanaimo, and of no fixed address was held in custody overnight. He appeared in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Wednesday April 24, 2024 and was charged with firearm and weapons offences. He was remanded into police custody to await his next court appearance set for April 30.


Alarmingly, officers are finding more and more of these modified firearms, replica firearms (Airsoft), bear spray and assortment of knives and weapons on a daily basis. This patrol while seemingly routine was not and is a testament to the diligence of the Bike Patrol and other front-line officers on keeping the criminal element in check and our community safe.

Cache of stolen goods
found off Jingle Pot 

24-04-19 – The Nanaimo RCMP is in possession of a number of bikes that are believed to be stolen (see attached). The bikes were located by officers with the RCMP Bike Patrol Unit on Wednesday April 17, 2024 stashed in a woody area in the vicinity of Jingle Pot Road and Third St. Along with the recovered bikes, several handheld tools belonging to Nanaimo Search and Rescue (SAR) were also located. These items were traced to a previously reported break and enter to the SAR building. Other items, including an E-bike and a small quantity of tools were determined to be from other reported break and enters and have been returned to their respective owners. 

The bikes that were seized are relatively new and some are of considerable value. If you have information on the ownership of any of these bikes, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Police make quick work of wannabe truck thieves


24-04-02 – Two Lower Mainland truck thieves who thought they could make a quick getaway found out otherwise when Island Mounties got involved. A 27-year-old man and 23-year woman were arrested within hours in possession of the stolen truck and taken into custody with out incident.

 

Around 2:30 AM Friday March 22, 2024, a homeowner in Comox called the RCMP to report his 2021 F150 pickup had just been stolen out of his driveway. The man told police his home security system alerted him to the theft and watched as thieves drove down the driveway with his truck. Local Mounties attended but were unable to locate the truck or thieves.

 

At 7 AM the same day, the owner contacted the Nanaimo RCMP to advise them that his truck’s GPS system was tracking to a residence in the 1100 block of Stewart Avenue in Nanaimo. Officers quickly surrounded the home and sure enough, the truck and thieves were located. 23-year old Westin Ferguson and 27-year old Justice Mckay-Saul of the Lower Mainland were both arrested.

 

Ferguson was later charged with theft of the truck, possession of the stolen truck of the truck and possession of prohibited weapon (brass knuckles). Mckay- Saul was charged with possession of the stolen truck.  Both were released from custody on conditions with their next court date set for April 9, 2024 in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

 

The truck owner made his way to Nanaimo later that same day to pick up his truck. Needless to say, he was extremely grateful for the quick arrest and to have his truck recovered and undamaged. He also wished to congratulate the officers for a job well done.

Beware of speeding ticket text scam

A new scam has hit Nanaimo as people get speeding ticket notices by text. The Nanaimo RCMP switchboard got numerous calls on Monday asking if this was scam or legitimate. Dozens of people throughout the Okanagan got the same text.


The text says that the receiver was caught speeding in a school zone and in order to settle the ticket without having to attend court, they are directed to a website where the receiver is instructed to provide a credit card number.


It’s just another scam to get a hold of your money via your credit card. Just delete it but afterwards make sure you share the text message with friends and family so they don’t fall for it.

A grand find

for her birthday

What would you do if you found an envelope containing almost $1,000? A Nanaimo woman  knew exactly what should be done. The envelope containing $950, was found on Saturday March 2, 2024 outside of the Royal Bank at the Brooks Landing.


Lisa, told police that she had just stepped out of the ATM vestibule when she glanced down and noticed an envelope on the sidewalk. She picked it up, and then looked around for anyone who appeared to be frantically searching for it. Seeing no one, she drove directly to RCMP detachment to turn it over. Finding the front door locked she assumed the office was closed so she came back on Monday and turned it in.


Several days later, police received a phone call from the Branch Manager informing them that one of their clients had reported losing a large sum of money. The client called the police and explained the situation.


After verifying the amount, the denominations and where it was most likely lost, the money was turned over to the owner. Needless to say, she was extremely grateful.


Lisa was updated on the outcome by police and she too was ecstatic. She commented that it is her birthday next week and upon hearing this news, she couldn’t ask for a better gift.

Woman injured while crossing Nicol Street

24-02-28 – A pedestrian has been airlifted to a hospital in Victoria after being involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. The incident occurred at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday in the 200 block of Nicol Street.


Police, Fire and BCEHS responded. The victim, a Nanaimo woman in her 50s, was treated at the scene by BCEHS then transported to the Nanaimo hospital with life-threatening injuries. She was later airlifted to a hospital in Victoria.

 

Police spoke with the driver of the vehicle, a man in his 40s. The driver remained at the scene. Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as contributing factors on part of the driver. Based on evidence obtained, police have been able to determine that the vehicle was proceeding south on Nicol Street. When the collision occurred, the vehicle was passing in front of the MGM Restaurant. The victim was crossing over the four-lane roadway, in an area where there was no designated crosswalk. Investigators noted that it was raining at the time and the victim was wearing dark non-reflective clothing.

 

The roadway was closed for about three hours while investigators including a Collision Analyst examined the scene and collected forensic evidence. The vehicle involved was seized for investigative purposes and later released.

 

Investigators are asking for any dashcam video from motorists who were in the area at the time of the collision or anyone who has eye witness evidence. If you have information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Senior killed in hit and run

24-02-25 – Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a hit and run collision that claimed the life of a 90-year-old woman. The incident was reported at approximately 8:50 p.m. on Saturday, in the 2800 block of Cedar Road near Bennie Road. A passing motorist found the unconscious victim lying on the road and called 911.


Police, BCEHS and Fire attended. Despite the efforts of bystanders who administered emergency first aid and first responders, the woman was determined to be deceased at the scene. The BC Coroners Service attended and confirmed the death.


Based on evidence gathered by Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Services and an RCMP Accident Collision Analyst, the incident is being investigated as a fatal hit and run with a motor vehicle. The roadway was closed for approximately 4.5 hours as the on-scene investigation was conducted and forensic evidence was gathered.


Police are seeking public assistance in identifying the driver and vehicle involved. Investigators are also asking for any motorists who were in the area between 8 and 8: 45 p.m. on Saturday to check their dash cam video. If anyone has information on this incident, please contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

Lantzville Jeweller loses thousands in break-in

24-02-18 – Nanaimo RCMP is investigating an early morning break at a Lantzville jewelry store that destroyed the front door of the business and netted thieves several thousands of dollars in jewelry. The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m on Wednesday at Kellers Jewellers, 7190 Lantzville Road.


Police responded to a report of a glass break alarm. On scene, investigators found the front door smashed open and a significant amount of jewelry missing from display cases.


The property owner was on scene and shared CCTV footage with police. Three suspects with their faces covered and wearing gloves, were seen inside the business, then later leaving in a dark green or black older model pickup truck.


Immediately after the break in, this same vehicle was observed driving erratically through Lantzville. The vehicle was last seen turning southbound from Superior Road onto Highway 19, and going toward Nanaimo.


If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Ava Brown

There is significant concern for a 16-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen since the weekend and RCMP ask for public help with the investigation. Ava Brown was last seen or heard from since Saturday and she was reported missing on Wednesday. She has had no contact with her support group since being reported missing. If you have any information please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Report of shots fired results

in seizure of replica firearms 

Reports of shots fired in an apartment unit lead to strong police presence and the seizure of five BB-guns.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:20 AM on Monday February 12, 2024, in the 4700 block of Uplands Drive.


When officers arrived at the unit, an adult female opened the door. She was promptly arrested and removed from the apartment.


Officers then entered and located and arrested three other adults. In plain view, multiple hand guns and a long gun were seen lying on a bed. Upon closer inspection, it was confirmed that all were BB-guns.


Officers believed that no shots were actually fired however there had been a small disturbance that led to police being called. Based on the evidence at hand, and to prevent any further incidents from occurring, the BB-guns were seized and will be destroyed. All individuals were released at scene and no charges are pending. 

Check these bicycle safety tips

With the days getting longer and spring just around the corner, more and more of us are bringing out our bikes to hit the trails and roadways. Unfortunately, thieves are also getting ready as bike thefts are increasing by the week. Here are a few points for you to consider around bike safety.


Always lock your bike and don’t cheap out on a $5 lock. Cheap locks are easily defeated and offer little to no protection. Do some research or better yet, drop into a local bike store and seek out advice on what you need and what you can afford.


Never lock only the wheel. The frame is the most important part of the bike and should always be secured to an immovable object.


Don’t leave your bike out over night. You may think because it’s locked it's ok. Well, it’s not. This will give thieves all night to figure out how to steal it.


Don’t leave your bike unattended in isolated areas. Even if you have purchased a decent lock and are using it, if thieves have the time they will eventually defeat any lock. The old adage strength in numbers applies; so, try to lock it your bike in visible areas where there is lots of foot traffic.


Remove any valuables if you are able to such as lights and other accessories.

For e-bikes, remove your battery as it is without doubt the most important part of your bike.


Register your bike at www.project529.com It’s free, it works and will give you a fighting chance to get your bike back if it stolen.

Police seeing increase in online scams


2024-02-07

File # 2024-3544


The Nanaimo RCMP advises the public of an increase in gift card scams and other related scams. In this most recent incident, the target did not suffer a financial loses but did have fake emails sent to many of her friends requesting money.


Many people spend the majority of their day online on various platforms. Hackers recognize this and will exploit this. Unless we are diligent, we are all susceptible to being scammed. Scammers may clone your FB page, obtain your email address or pretend to be a friend, business partner or a colleague. If you suddenly start receiving requests for money or personal information, alarm bells should be going off.


The following are some common-sense tips to follow to help increase your fraud awareness and online safety

Spoofed phone numbers and email

  • always know how you are dealing with. Phone numbers and even emails can easily be spoofed to make your think you know the caller. Do your homework before entering into any financial decisions

Fake websites

  • scammers are banking on you making a spelling mistake that will take you to their fake website and not the real one. Double check the web address

Protect your online accounts

  • only log into your accounts from trusted sources. Using a public computer to access your accounts is never a good idea
  • create strong passwords and change them frequently
  • do not reveal personal information over social media. You may want to brag and post a pic of you with airline tickets in hand for Mexico but this simply tells everyone your home may be empty

Romance Scam

  • when someone you have never met professes their love for you
  • they always have an excuse not to meet you in person
  • the person claims to live nearby but work overseas
  • they act distressed in order to guilt you into sending money

To report a scam or find out more about any number of scams, go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center

Released by

R/Cst Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP

Search under way

for Nancy Gagne

 

24-02-02 - Nanaimo RCMP and Nanaimo Search and Rescue are searching for 48-year-old Nancy Gagne, who was last seen at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Thursday Feb. 1.  


Based on evidence, search efforts are focusing on the Millstone River from Bowen Road to the Nanaimo harbor. Involved in the search are volunteers from NSAR and RCMP officers, including West Coast Marine Services. NSAR searched until approximately midnight and resumed searching at daybreak.


Gagne was last seen wearing multi-colored pajamas. She is Caucasian, 5 ft. 7 inches, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The picture is recent.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Nancy Gagne, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Search for missing woman wrapped up

24-01-04 – The search of the Millstone River and Bowen Park for missing 48-year-old Nancy Gagne has wrapped up. The search was initiated on Thursday Feb 1, after several items of Gagne’s were located in the vicinity of the Millstone River.

RCMP officers in conjunction with Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR), and West Coast Marine Services spent 3 days searching the park and river without any success. Water levels and the associated turbidity of the river are preventing RCMP Dive Team officers from searching at this time. 


The missing person investigation remains active and if anyone has information on the whereabouts of Nancy Gagne, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Police investigate overnight stabbing

 

24-02-05 – An 22-year-old man is in hospital following a stabbing incident. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday February 4, in the vicinity of the Port Place Mall.

 

Police, BCEHS and Fire responded. The victim showed up at the back door of the Casino asking for assistance. Two employees of the Casino rendered first aid then called police. The victim was transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Police were able to review some grainy CCTV footage of the victim walking through the parking lot, with a group of people walking nearby. However, the quality of the video was poor and it did not provide much in the way of detail.

 

At this time, the investigation is in the very early stages. Over the next several days, police will be canvassing the downtown core for CCTV footage and looking for any potential witnesses. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.  

700 'trauma bears'

provided for RCMP

24-01-28 – It’s amazing how something so small can have such a significant impact.

Crime Stoppers recently funded the purchase of more than 700 trauma bears for our detachment.


The bears will be distributed to front line police vehicles at our detachment, and used to assist officers in calming youth who may have witnessed or experienced trauma and to assist in the interview process.


The purchase was made possible by Central Vancouver Island Crime Stoppers who saw the value after a civilian employee of the Nanaimo detachment pitched the idea.


The majority of the bears are earmarked for the Nanaimo detachment while the remaining will be distributed by Crime Stoppers volunteers, to the10 RCMP detachments located throughout central Vancouver Island.


Having worked the front line for many years, I have seen first-hand the impact these bears can have. They are a tried and proven calming mechanism for young children who may be traumatized or simply overwhelmed when speaking with a police officer.


The Central Vancouver Island Crime Stoppers serves central Vancouver Island and disseminates tips to the following RCMP detachments: Ladysmith, Oceanside, Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet, Lake Cowichan, North Cowichan, Shawnigan Lake, Salt Spring Island and Gabriola Island.


To submit a tip to Crime Stoppers call 1-800-222-8477 or submit online to https://cvicrimestoppers.com.

RCMP seek suspect

in theft up to $30,000

24-02-01 – Nanaimo RCMP is asking for public assistance to identify the man in the photo. It is alleged that this individual has since early 2023 committed multiple thefts and frauds at various Lowes Home Improvement locations in Nanaimo, Saanich and New Westminster. The picture is from an incident in Nanaimo on June 15, 2023. In total, investigators believe the suspect has stolen upwards of $30,000 in merchandise.


Police, working with Loss Prevention Officers in the various jurisdictions, have learned that the suspect allegedly buys several items then steals other items. He will then return to the business a short time later to refund the items he legitimately purchased. Based on video obtained from security cameras, investigators have been able to narrow the suspect pool down. However, they are hoping the public can help to positively identify the suspect.


The picture shows a heavy-set Caucasian man, approximately 5 ft. 10 inches with dark receding hair and sporting a beard. If anyone has information on the identity of this individual, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345


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Leonard Peter

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Leonard Peter, who left his residence on January 21, 2024 and has not returned. Leonard has significant issues that require medication and daily monitoring. As a result, there is concern for his safety and well-being.

Leonard is an Indigenous youth, 5 ft. 7 inches, and the pictures provided are recent. Leonard was last seen wearing a black hoody, black pants and black shoes, and carrying a pink octopus stuffy. He also answers to Jordan and not his birth name. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Leonard Peter, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Woman's death now a homicide investigation

24-01-18 – The RCMP Serious Crime Unit is conducting a homicide investigation into the death of a Nanaimo woman.


They are searching for a grey sedan they believe is connected to the case. RCMP responded to an apartment in the Country Club Centre area Jan. 10, to check on the well-being of a 33-year-old woman who had not been seen for several days.


Several witnesses already inside of the unit had encountered an unidentified man and the deceased woman. The man fled, despite efforts by others to keep him in the apartment. The man has since been identified and has spoken with police. Investigators are asking for help to locate a gray 2007 Nissan Sentra with BC plate SP2 72P that was reported stolen and is related to the investigation. 

24-01-11

Kole May-Cyre

Help sought in finding

Kole May-Cyre

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 19-year-old Kole May-Cyre who has not been seen since Christmas Day 2023. Kole was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on January 9, 2024. At that time, Kole was houseless and had been staying at emergency shelters in Nanaimo. Investigators are following up on information that he may have made his way to Duncan. However, this cannot be verified.

Kole May-Cyre is a Caucasian man, 5 foot, 11 inches, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and the picture provided is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Kole May-Cyre please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Tyler Wade

Help sought to find

30-year-old Tyler Wade

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 30-year old Tyler Wade who has not been seen for several months.

Wade is of no fixed address and is known to frequent emergency shelters throughout Nanaimo.

Given the fact that no one has seen him or been able to contact him for several months, there is concern for his safety and well-being.


Wade is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 8.5 inches, 150 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. The picture provided is relatively recent.

Of note, Wade has a large mass that is protruding from the right side of his face. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Tyler Wade, please call the Nanaimo RMCP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Woman loses $4,000 through text  scam

2024-01-29

File # 2024-2624

A local woman who thought she was texting with her son, ended up being scammed for just over $4000. The incident played out on Tuesday January 23, 202 and involved a phone number from Quebec.


The adult woman told police she had been texting with her adult son who lives out of province. A short time later, she received a text message from an unknown number. The message said began with I’m stressed, can you help pay some bills for me. Without giving it to much thought, she assumed the text had been sent from her son. When she responded to the unknown number, she asked why he was using a different number. The scammer (who she believed was her son) said that he had been having issues with his phone and that he needed to purchase a new phone.


Over the course of several texts, the scammer provided an email for an individual by the name of Peter Olah and a business name of Simple Wealth. The woman was instructed to send two e-transfers, one to be directed to peterke@wealthsimple.me. The two e-transfers totaled approximately $4000. The next day, she received another text from the scammer asking for more money. At that time, she contacted her son and it was then that she realized that she had been scammed.

Since then, she has since gone to her chartered bank and to date, she has been reimbursed for almost 50 percent of her losses.


The phone number the scammer was texting from was 1-581-702-0162. This scam could happen to anyone. The best course of action is to always, slow down, give it some thought, use google services to assist if necessary and always verify who you are communicating before making any financial decisions.

To learn more about current frauds and scams, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre


Surrey RCMP also reported a senior lost $7,000 to the so-called “grandparent scam.”

Nanaimo sees a spike in break and enters

into commercial properties


The Nanaimo RCMP advise the public of a recent spike in break and enters to commercial properties. from January 1, 2024, to January 8, 2024, twenty-five break and enters have been reported as compared to eight during the same time in 2023. Of note, there have been no reported residential break ins in 2024. The following provides a caption for some of these incidents:


January 1, 2024

400 block of Campbell St- Two construction sites were entered unlawfully. Police were alerted and attended before the individuals could make off with power tools

January 2, 2024


  • Coast Distributors in Lantzville: Chain link fence surrounding their property was cut. Shovels and brooms were taken
  • 6300 Dover Road- daycare broken into. Front door smashed, offices rifled through and two computers taken
  • 3653 Shenton Road-Chain link fence cut. Two storage units broken into and power tools taken

January 4, 2024


  • Harewood Turf Project 798 Howard Ave; Main gate broken. Single plane rotary laser, assorted Milwaukee tools and survey tripods taken
  • 700 block Poplar St: underground parking lot broken into, two bikes stolen
  • 500 block of Stewart Ave- underground parking lot broken into, bikes stolen
  • 3400 Shenton Road: fenced compound broken into. Locks removed from compound and two vehicles stolen (later recovered)

January 6, 2024

  • 4900 Songbird Place: Construction site. Security alerted police and two individuals were found on site. Tools recovered stashed. No charges
  • School District 68 Wakesiah Ave- chain link fence cut, power tools taken

The following tips are provided to assist with security and safety of your property

  • Try to ensure that all valuable are identified with a unique number or word so that they are easily identified if stolen
  •  Businesses with compounds should if possible, have motion detection alarms or security in place
  • If anyone is seen in or near a fenced compound or construction area after hours, report it immediately to the police.

If anyone has information on individuals committing break and enters in our community, call the Nanaimo RMCP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.



24-01-10

Please help find
Sherry Corrigal

Sherry Corrigal, 22, has been missing since early September. She was reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on November 9.


Police are concerned about Sherry’s whereabouts as she has not been in contact with friends and family since September, which is very unusual. As a result, a full-time team of investigators has been assigned to her case. They have been tracking dozens of tips and leads but have not located Sherry.


We are asking anyone who saw Sherry around the time of her disappearance or since to contact police directly, said Const Simon Gallimore of the Nanaimo RCMP.


Police are aware of social media posts going around asking people to contact persons other than the police with information. This has resulted in numerous unsubstantiated rumours circulating about what may have happened to Sherry. Police need to speak directly with anyone with first-hand information. Rumours are just that, rumours. They are a poor source of information for the investigative team.


Sherry is approximately 5 feet tall and weighs 90-100 pounds with long dark hair. She has several distinct tattoos on her arms, hands and back. The photo is recent.


Anyone who saw Sherry in early September, who has had contact with Sherry since that time, or who has direct knowledge of what has happened to Sherry are asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

24-01-08

RCMP seeking suspect

in firearms investigation

Nanaimo RCMP seek public assistance to locating 32-year-old Alexander Howell who is wanted on several firearm related warrants. It is alleged that on October 20, 2023 Howell entered a local pub and was seen with a firearm. At one point, Howell allegedly entered into an altercation with an individual, produced the handgun and pointed it. No shots were fired and Howell left in a vehicle.

He was located ten days later, arrested, then later released on conditions. Since that time he failed to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court and the warrants were issued for Use of an Imitation Firearm, Carry a Concealed Weapon and Assault with a weapon.

Howell is Indigenous, 5 ft. 10, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a neck tattoo of a rose, and this picture is recent. If anyone has information on his whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. 

24-01-08

Warrants issued for
violent offender

Nanaimo RCMP seek help from the public in locating 27-year old Darius Konefall-Townsend who is wanted for Assault and Mischief. The warrants originate from a 2023 incident in Kelowna. However, police have determined that he may be living and working in Nanaimo.

Konefall-Townsend is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 11 inches, 150 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. The picture is recent. Konefall-Townsend is associated to a white pickup with BC plates of VL1967. Of note, the truck has ladders affixed to the roof. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Darius Konefall-Townsend, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

RCMP investigating aggravted assault

The Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit is executing search warrants at a south end business. Searches are related to an alleged early morning aggravated assault on Jan. 1.

Shortly after 7:00 a.m. RCMP General Duty patrol officers were dispatched to a check wellbeing of a male in medical distress near the 300 block of Tenth Street. Officers located a man who had been allegedly assaulted and was suffering from serious but non-life-threatening injuries. BCEHS paramedics were dispatched to the scene and transported the victim to the Nanaimo Hospital for medical treatment.

The Nanaimo RCMP SCU has taken charge of the investigation and will be at the DBL Disposal Services Tenth Street location executing search warrants for the foreseeable future. “The public should be aware that they will likely see an increased police presence in the area while the investigation continues”, said Const. Mike Thompson, Media Relations Officer.

A single suspect has been taken into custody and the Nanaimo RCMP believes that there is no risk to the public as no other persons of interest are being sought at this time.

Youth riding sit-down lawn mower

dies in collision with pickup

 

A 14-year-old youth has died after the sit-down lawn mower he was operating failed to stop at an intersection and collided with a pick-up truck. The collision occurred at approximately 12:15 PM on Thursday December 28, 2023, at the intersection of Lindsey Road and White Road, in Cedar.

 

Police, BCEHS and Cedar Volunteer Fire Dept. attended. Although first responders were quickly on scene and provided emergency first aid, the injuries sustained by the youth were critical and life threatening. BCEHS transported the youth to the Nanaimo hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The BC Coroners Service was advised and is actively engaged in the investigation.

 

The driver of the pick up involved, a 45-year old man, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.  Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out and the roads at the time were wet.  “ We extend our sincere thoughts and condolences to everyone impacted by this tragic incident, including many of the first responders who live and work in the area”, said R/ Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 

The intersection was closed for several hours while the Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit, assisted by an RCMP Accident Reconstructionist examined the scene. Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services have been notified and the investigation continues.


Youth riding sit-down lawn mower

dies in collision with pickup

 

A 14-year-old youth has died after the sit-down lawn mower he was operating failed to stop at an intersection and collided with a pick-up truck. The collision occurred at approximately 12:15 PM on Thursday December 28, 2023, at the intersection of Lindsey Road and White Road, in Cedar.

 

Police, BCEHS and Cedar Volunteer Fire Dept. attended. Although first responders were quickly on scene and provided emergency first aid, the injuries sustained by the youth were critical and life threatening. BCEHS transported the youth to the Nanaimo hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The BC Coroners Service was advised and is actively engaged in the investigation.

 

The driver of the pick up involved, a 45-year old man, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.  Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out and the roads at the time were wet.  “ We extend our sincere thoughts and condolences to everyone impacted by this tragic incident, including many of the first responders who live and work in the area”, said R/ Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 

The intersection was closed for several hours while the Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit, assisted by an RCMP Accident Reconstructionist examined the scene. Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services have been notified and the investigation continues.


Police seek suspect in

theft of stereo equipment

The man in the photo is suspected of stealing two sound systems from a North end Nanaimo business within one hour. The thefts occurred between 4 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 6, at London Drugs located in the North Town Centre.

 

Police reviewed in-store surveillance video.  The suspect was seen leaving the business with the first system and then less than one hour later, he returned for the second one. The total value of the items was approximately $1,800.


If you recognize this man, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

RCMP seek suspect in indecent exposure

Dec. 13 – Nanaimo RCMP seek public assistance in identifying the man shown in the attached photo. It is alleged that at just before 6 p.m. on December 6, he exposed himself to an adult woman at Vancouver Island University. The woman was not injured and is being supported. The suspect left the area and was not located.

 

The incident was initially reported to security and the next day, to the Nanaimo RCMP. Police spoke with the woman who said that she was walking between Building 205 and 210 when a male riding a bicycle approached. The suspect got off his bike, exposed his genitals to her, then said some vulgarities before getting back on his bike and riding away. Investigators, working with VIU security, managed to obtain a grainy picture of the suspect on his bicycle.

 

Based on the description provided, the suspect is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 7 inches, mid 30s, slim build, wearing a grey toque and dark clothing. If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Driver dies in car crash on Cinnabar Drive

Dec. 11 – The Nanaimo RCMP are on scene of a single vehicle incident that claimed the life of the driver. It occurred at approximately 2:10 p.m. on Cinnabar Drive.


Police, Fire and BCEHS responded to a report of a vehicle that drove over an embankment. Emergency first aid was provided; however, the driver died at the scene.


BC Coroners Service was advised and attended. The crash site is being held and traffic re-routed while police examine the scene. No other vehicles or persons were involved.


If anyone has dash cam video of the incident or eye witness evidence, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. 


The investigation is continuing.

Search continues

for overdue boater

Nanaimo RCMP and RCMP West Coast Marine Services and Search and Rescue are searching for an overdue boater. 35-year old Ryan Pratt was reported overdue by friends on Saturday. Pratt lived on a sailboat moored off Hammond Bay.

 

Officers attended to the sailboat and found no signs of Pratt.  His friends told police that he was last seen at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday on small skiff headed back to his sailboat. The red aluminum skiff was found washed up a nearby island, and a canoe he used was also found adrift.

 

An extensive search of the shoreline and nearby water by Search and Rescue, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and RCMP West Coast Marine Services has proved negative. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Ryan Pratt, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. 

Homeowner confronts bat-wielding intruder 

 A 20-year-old Nanaimo man is in police custody after an attempted residential break and enter early this morning in the 100 block, Roberta Road East, in south Nanaimo.

 

Officers responded after the homeowner called 911 to report finding a male suspect attempting toenter his home from a window. While trying to enter the residence, the suspect reportedly used an aluminum baseball bat to assault the homeowner. Officers arrived within minutes, and after a short scuffle, the suspect was arrested and taken into police custody. The homeowner had some bumps and bruises but no injuries that required medical attention.

 

This situation is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. His quick thinking and call to 911 allowed our officers to attend immediately and prevent further intrusion and violence from taking place. It is important to remember that in an emergency your first call should be to 911 so that emergency first responders can help as soon as possible. 

 

The male suspect faces criminal charges related to break and enter, assault with a weapon, resist arrest and breach of probation. He was held in custody and was expected to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court later today. 23-12-01

UPDATE – Missing woman found safe and sound

Nanaimo Search and Rescue has located the missing adult woman. After a ground search of several hours, the woman was found near the intersection of South Forks Road and Nanaimo River Road. She was very cold and treated at scene by BCEHS for exposure, then transported to the Nanaimo hospital for a medical assessment.

 

“The Nanaimo RCMP thank everyone involved with NSAR for providing such excellent service to our community and beyond. Their dedication, tenacity and professionalism were instrumental in bringing this incident to a successful resolution”, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 


EARLIER: The Nanaimo RCMP and Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) are continuing their efforts to locate the two adults reported missing on November 29, 2023.


Currently, 21-year old Katrina Demore is still missing. Investigators are following up on reports that 32-year old Owen Donahue and a black Dodge pick-up have both been located. Police officers have been assigned to follow up with Donahue to confirm he is safe and to obtain any information that could assist in locating Demore.


Demore's family have provided a photo of Katrina that is approximately one year old. It should be noted that Demore’s hair is dyed purple. NSAR is currently searching the area of Nanaimo Lakes Road near the Nanaimo Lakes gate access and today, a search and rescue helicopter will be assisting NSAR.


If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Katrina Demore, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Search under way for

two adults on Mount Benson

23-11-29 – The Nanaimo RCMP is searching logging roads throughout the Mt Benson area for a missing adult man and woman. Katrina Demore, 21, and  Owen Donahue, 32, two were reported missing to the Nanaimo RCMP on Wednesday after a group of four adults travelled to the area of Nanaimo Lakes for a day excursion on Tuesday, and only two of the four returned.


Investigators were told by one of the two who returned that  Demore and  Donahue of Nanaimo, wondered off from the group during the afternoon and did not return. After approximately 90 minutes they searched for them but were unable to find them. They eventually left the area and returned to Nanaimo.

 

The black Dodge pick up with license PK4724, is also missing. Nanaimo Search and Rescue have been advised but had not begun a search.

 

No pictures are available of Demore or Donahue. Denmore is 5 ft. 4 inches, 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a grey hoodie with pink letters, and black sweatpants. Donahue is 5 ft. 8 inches, 165 pounds with short brown hair and hazel eyes. He was said to be wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants.


If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Katrina Denmore and Owen Donahue, and their pickup, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

12 steps to a safe holiday season

The Holiday/Christmas Season brings out the best and unfortunately, the worst in people. Every year criminals anxiously await to have the opportunity to steal your hard-earned money, rob you of recently purchased gifts and squash those memories that would have been created. Don’t let this happen to you!


To assist with keeping you safe this Holiday Season, the Nanaimo RCMP presents:Twelve tips to a safe holiday season


Be aware of fake websites

Did you know that there are websites that look exactly like the real ones but are 100-percent fake? The only difference could be one letter in the web address. Double check that you have correctly entered the web address before buying anything. To find out if the website you are on is secure, look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or https in the URL address


Porch pirates

These scoundrels are working overtime waiting for packages to be left unattended on decks, front steps and porches of homes. Plan ahead; if you’re not going to be home, arrange to have your parcel delivered to your work place, a trusted friend or left at the delivery warehouse


Keep those receipts

Criminals are salivating at the opportunity to dive into dumpsters in search of discarded receipts. Your receipts may also be needed to correct an over charge or a discrepancy on your bank statement. When they are no longer required, shred them


Travelling and your home is empty

Tell a friend, neighbor or Block Captain. Purchase smart appliances and have your lights on a timer. Cancel your mail and if you have an alarm, provide the code and keys to your home with a someone you trust


Shoulder surfers

When entering your PIN for purchases, shield your entry from the person standing next to you


Pick pockets

Pick pockets love this time of year so they can work their craft. Keep your wallet in your front pocket and purses closed and close by


Parcels in vehicles

Don’t leave anything of value in vehicles and in plain view of prying eyes. If possible, take your purchases home or lock them securely in the trunk of your vehicle


Beware of fake charities

Do your homework before dishing out your hard-earned money. Google and social media searches will can assist in determining if they’re legit or not


Prep and plan for bad weather

Winter tires are a must. Along with having a mechanically sound vehicle, place emergency supplies in the trunk: toque, gloves, some food, scraper, candles, shovel, light, reflective vest et al


Walking to your vehicle

Have your keys in hand and always check the backseat and around the vehicle before getting in


Shopping with small children

Have a plan in place if you get separated. If your children are too small to remember your cell number, think about pinning the number inside their jacket or putting it in their pocket. If you’re going into a very busy store, how about snapping a picture of your children. In the event they get lost, this picture will be a tremendous asset and can be quickly shared with others who are searching for your child


Check your bank statements

Always be on the look out for fraudulent purchases and contact your bank or credit card company immediately.

Be smart, but more importantly, be safe this holiday/Christmas season. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section at 250-755-4469 or by email at nanaimo_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


Police looking for man with sword who exposed himelf

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual shown in the attached photo. It is alleged that this person exposed their genitals to staff and customers at a local fitness club. The incident is alleged to have occurred at approximately 7 PM on Monday October 30, 2023 at the Country Club Mall.


Police responded immediately after the incident but were unable to locate the suspect. Investigators were told that the individual was refused entry for being intoxicated. The suspect took exception to this and after leaving, he banged on the glass doors, dropped his pants and then allegedly exposed his genitals to the front counter staff.


It was also reported that the suspect appeared to be carrying a sword that was strapped to his back.


The suspect is a Caucasian man, average height and weight, with brown hair and was sporting a beard. If anyone has information on the identity of this person, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Two arrested for assault and theft of cell phone


The Nanaimo RCMP Bike Unit were once again in the right spot at the right time, when they helped in the arrest of two wannabe robbers for assault and theft. The incident occurred at approximately  8:30 AM on Thursday November 16, 2023 outside the A&W restaurant on Victoria Crescent.

 

While on patrol, the officers witnessed a fight involving four adults near the entrance to the restaurant. From previous interactions, the officers recognized one of the combatants. The officers quickly intervened and managed to arrest one of the suspects. The other ran off but was located a short time and distance away. Both suspects were taken into police custody.


Officers spoke with the victim, a 66-year-old man, who sustained some cuts and bruises as a result of the assault. He told officers he was having his breakfast inside the restaurant when two unknown persons walked by, snatched his cell phone, then ran for the exit. He and another customer gave chase and got into a melee with the two suspects.

 

The victim’s phone, a green I-phone 13, was not found but investigators are confident it will be recovered in due time. “The investigators would like to thank the second adult whose actions undoubtedly saved the victim from further injury and allowed the police enough time to make an arrest”, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 

One suspect, a 20-year man was released on an Undertaking for charges of Assault and Breach of a previous Undertaking. The other, a 37-year man, was also released on an Undertaking on charges of Theft under $5000. Both are expected to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on January 16, 2024.

 

If anyone has information on this incident or knows where the stolen I-phone can be found, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.    


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Missing woman found safe and sound

At approximately 1 PM on Thursday November 30, 2023 Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) located the missing adult woman. After a ground search of several hours, the woman was found near the intersection of South Forks Road and Nanaimo River Road. She was very cold and treated at scene by BCEHS for exposure, then transported to the Nanaimo hospital for a medical assessment.

 

The Nanaimo RCMP thank everyone involved with NSAR for providing such excellent service to our community and beyond. Their dedication, tenacity and professionalism were instrumental in bringing this incident to a successful resolution. 

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R/Cst Gary O'Brien

Two arrested for assault

and theft of cell phone

The Nanaimo RCMP Bike Unit was in the right spot at the right time when they helped arrest two wannabe robbers for assault and theft. The incident occurred at approximately  8:30 a.m. on Thursday outside the A&W restaurant on Victoria Crescent.

The officers witnessed a fight involving four adults near the entrance to the restaurant. They recognized one of the combatants and quickly intervened and arrested one of the suspects. The other ran off but was found nearby. Both suspects were taken into custody.

A 20-year-old man was released on an Undertaking for charges of Assault and Breach of a previous Undertaking.  A 37-year-old man, was also released on an Undertaking on charges of Theft under $5,000. Both are expected to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on January 16, 2024. MORE DETAILS.

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If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP

250-754-2345

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R/Cst Gary O'Brien

Nanaimo police looking

for smash-and-grab robber

RCMP are looking for a smash-and-grab robber who broke into the Chevron Gas located at 1643 Bowen Road early Friday morning. Police found a smashed glass door and inside the business, a heavily damaged ATM.


Officers reviewed the store security video and saw a dark minivan with no plates backing up to the door. The driver tied straps to the door, reversed the vehicle and smashed the doors open.  


The suspect then tied the straps to the store ATM and attempted to pull it out but was not successful. Before driving off, he grabbed some food items and drove off. The suspect was wearing a face covering and dark clothing, along with a high visibility vest.


If you have information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Nanaimo RCMP join in

eagle feather harvest

Coming together on the territorial grounds of the Snuneymuxw First Nations, Nanaimo RCMP officers, representatives from the Snuneymuxw and Snaw Naw As First Nations Communities, and BC Conservation Officers, participated in a traditional Eagle feather harvest.


After opening remarks from Thomas George and other First Nations dignitaries and guests, prayers and smudging of each participant was conducted under the watchful eyes of John Thomas of Snuneymuxw First Nations, and Jeff Bob from Snaw Naw As First Nations. The eagles were then blessed and provided a traditional offering of salmon before their feathers were carefully and respectfully harvested for use in First Nations ceremonies and by RCMP officers.


The feathers harvested for the RCMP will be used to assist officers when engaging with Indigenous persons who may need the strength and courage that the eagle feather offers. It will also be used to assist with others who have been subjected to various traumas in order to facilitate communication.


The purpose also reflects the continued efforts of the Nanaimo RCMP to help facilitate and welcome communication, and foster reconciliation with Snuneymuxw and Snaw Naw As peoples, whose traditional territories we continue to live and work on.

The Nanaimo RCMP and BC Conservation Service would like to gratefully thank our First Nations dignitaries for attending and leading the ceremony and for the wisdom and culture they were eager to share with all the participants. Overall it was a very successful harvest and a wonderful sharing of First Nations tradition and culture.


In the coming weeks or months, after the feathers are prepared and ready, the Nanaimo RCMP detachment will hold a ceremony to unveil our Eagle Feather Protocol, and bring these feathers into use.

 

RCMP issue basic
safety tips for Hallowe'en

Hallowe’en will soon be upon us. With that, the Nanaimo RCMP provide basic safety tips to keep it a fun filled accident free evening. The following is provided for everyone’s safety:


Fireworks and firecrackers
What’s the difference you ask? Well, the only way in which you can lawfully possess or even set off fireworks in the City of Nanaimo is to receive prior approval from the Fire Chief. Firecrackers are prohibited and no one is allowed to possess them or set them off. If you are found to be using firecrackers in a dangerous manner, criminal code charges could be pending


Motorists
Reduce speeds significantly and be prepared to stop suddenly


Costumes
If your little one cannot see their feet with their mask on, they are at risk to trip and hurt themselves. Parents- Make sure little ones are also dressed appropriately and that their costumes are highly visible.


Parents
Always do a once over before allowing your kids to dig in


Dog owners
Please keep you animals inside as the noise and excitement and be too much for them to process


If anyone has questions around fireworks, firecrackers or safety, please do not hesitate to contact the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section at 250-755-4469.


Have fun, stay safe, be smart

R/Cst Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP


23-10-26


Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote file number

R/Cst Gary O'Brien

Do you know where Garret Sahm is?

RCMP seek public assistance in locating 28-year-old Garrett Sahm who was reported missing by his family on Sept. 3. Sahm is also wanted on several outstanding charges which may account for why police have been unable to locate him. His family told police that Sahm urgently requires medication and as a result, they are extremely worried for his safety and well-being.

Sahm is 5 ft. 11 inches, 135 pounds, with brown receding hair and hazel eyes. The picture is recent. If anyone has information on Sahm's whereabouts, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

RCMP are looking for public assistance with the theft of a number of batteries from railway control boxes from August to date. There have been five thefts in the Nanaimo area. The thefts are part of a broader island wide series of thefts that range from Langford to Comox Valley, and it is estimated that the cost to repair the boxes and replace the batteries is in the range of $800,000.


The most recent theft occurred overnight on Thursday Oct. 19 near the intersection of Comox Road and Kennedy Street.They are occurring late at night, and in most cases, there are no witnesses or closed circuit cameras in the area.


The public is asked to be on the look out for suspicious activity around railway control boxes late at night. The thefts would most likely involve multiple people, and the suspects may be passing themselves off as construction workers and could even be wearing high visibility vests.


If anyone has information on any of these thefts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Hallowe’en will soon be upon us. With that, the Nanaimo RCMP provide basic safety tips to keep it a fun filled accident free evening.

See the full lineup of safety tips HERE

Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Help find missing

Ravannah Ounsted

RCMP seek public assistance in locating 30-year old Ravannah Ounsted, who has not beenseen inthe pastfour days. She is believed to be in Nanaimo. Checks of emergency shelters and encampments have proved negative. Ounsted is 5 ft. 6 inches,170 pounds,and the picture of her is recent. If you have information on her whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Missing person

48-year-old Anita James

RCMP seek help from the public in locating 48-year-old Anita James who has not been seen or heard from since October 25. She had been living at Samaritan House where she gets by in wheelchair and requires daily medication. Her support network is concerned for her safety and well-being. James is Indigenous, and approximately 100 pounds. The picture is relatively recent. Of note, there is a hint of pink in her hair. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Anita James, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345

Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

RCMP make big

seizure of hard drugs

Nanaimo RCMP, with the assistance of the RCMP Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant at a south Nanaimo residence, on Oct. 18, which resulted in the seizure of a substantial quantity of hard drugs.


Police were on scene investigating several other criminal offences when information came to light that a local residence may contain a large amount of drugs along with processing and packaging materials.


Investigators sought judicial authorization for a warrant to enter the residence to search for and seize the drugs and associated materials. That search yielded more than 1.6 kilograms of suspected Fentanyl, Cocaine and Methamphetamine, along with at least one prohibited over-capacity pistol magazine.


A second warrant and search of another location yielded a large sum of cash. One adult man was arrested on drug charges. Charge approval is pending.


This large seizure stemmed from an ongoing investigation into other criminal offences in the Nanaimo area,said Const Simon Gallimore of the Nanaimo General Investigations Section. Many police officers participated in this investigation and put in long hours to make this seizure happen. More investigative steps, including laboratory analysis of the seized substances are required prior to the file being submitted to the Crown for charge approval.

Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Police seek help to find Chase Goodale

Nanaimo RCMP seek public assistance in finding 30-year-old Chase Goodale, wanted for Theft Under $5,000 stemming from an incident in February, 2022.


Goodale should be considered violent, and investigators believe that he is actively evading police. Goodale is 5 ft. 10. 175 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He has numeroustattoosonhis hands and arms. The photo is recent.


If you have information on Goodale’s whereabouts, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Chase Goodale

Police

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If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Overdose death now considered a homicide 

23-10-18 –The RCMP Serious Crime Unit is investigating a fatal overdose of 52-year-old Wendy Head whose death is now considered a homicide. Head died in Nanaimo on March 7, at a residence in the 2300 block, Autumnwood Drive.

 

Since the initial report of her death, significant information has been gleaned which has led to recent advances into her tragic death, and the circumstances surrounding it.

 

Investigators are convinced that there are individuals on Vancouver Island who may have information on this homicide that can further the investigation.

 

If anyone has information on the death of Wendy Head, please call the investigational tip line at 250-755-3257.

Wendy Head

Police

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If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Thieves targeting cars

in Stephenson Point

23-10-18 – Vehicles in the Stephenson have been broken into overnight on Monday. In each case, unlocked vehicles in the 3200 block of Stephenson Point Road and Wave Crest Drive were rummaged through with unknown items taken.


While only three incidents were reported, from experience, we believe there are others but for whatever reason, they were not reported. These incidents are referred to as crimes of opportunity which simply means the criminals took advantage of the vehicle being left unlocked.


Thieves are out rain or shine, checking door handles on vehicles. If they find one that is unlocked, they enter it and take anything they can find. I have a number of tips to assist in securing your vehicle and neighborhood HERE.

Police

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If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Tips for ensuring your

vehicle and neighburhood

 

23-10-18 - I have a number of tips to assist in securing your vehicle and neighborhood.


Ensure your unattended vehicles are locked and nothing is left in sight in the interior


If you have a home security system that requires batteries, make sure they are fully charged. Also, check your angle of coverage also to ensure you are maximizing the coverage area. Remember, cameras will not stop crime but they do assist in identifying criminals


Before retiring for the night take a look around your property. Ask yourself the following; are my doors locked, are my blinds closed, and are the bikes put away


Take a glance over at your neighbors’ property. If there is something that you find concerning, think about sharing it with them, in a polite way of course

If at anytime, night or day, you see any vehicles or people moving through your neighborhood that don’t belong, take note. If they are doing something that warrants police attendance, report it.


Lastly, if you don’t have a Block Watch in your neighborhood, think about starting one


If anyone has information regarding these incidents on Stephenson Point Road, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Police seek to identify 

vehicle from hit and run

 

23-10-16 - RCMP are investigating a hit and run  vehicle collision approximately 8:45 p.m. on August 20 in the parking lot of McDonalds, on 1213 Princess Royal Ave. Police  have received a photo from surveillance cameras of the suspect vehicle.


It is alleged that the suspect vehicle, a red pick up with a black canopy, backed into a Honda Civic that was parked and unoccupied at the time.  The pick up collided with the rear fender of the Honda leaving a large dent and scrap.  The pick up would have sustained significant rear-end damage. The license plate of the suspect vehicle was not available and the driver could not be seen.


To date, investigators have no leads, and are hoping the public may be able to assist in identifying the suspect vehicle and the driver. If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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Threat results in high school evacuation

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

23-10-04 – RCMP officers are at John Barsby High school investigating an unspecified threat. The threat which was directed at the school, was received Wednesday as classes were ending for the day and students were departing.

 

School officials alerted police to the threat. In the interest of public safety, staff and students have been evacuated while officers, including Police Dog Services, search the interior and exterior of the building. When the search is completed and the school is deemed safe to re-enter, the public will be advised.

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

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Beat

$100,000 in
jewelry stolen in break-in

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

23-10-03 – RCMP are investigating a break and enter of a jewellery store in which an estimated $100,000 in jewelry was stolen shortly after 3 a.m. on Sept. 30, at People’s Jewellers in Woodgrove Centre.


Police were on scene within minutes along with Police Dog Services. The suspects were not located. The suspects broke through an exterior entrance to the mall then went directly to the jewellery store. A security gate was broken through and several glass cases in the store were broken into and their contents taken. Police have obtained security footage showing three suspects, wearing dark clothing with hoods pulled up covering their faces. The video is not being released at this time.


We are certain this was not a random incident but one that was well orchestrated and carried out with a degree of planning and co-ordination. With that in mind, investigators are liaising with other police agencies to determine if other similar thefts have occurred in their jurisdiction. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. 

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

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Help find missing man

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

RCMP seek public’s assistance in locating 36-year-old William Hall. A family member contacted the Nanaimo RCMP in early September and told investigators they have not seen Hall since March of 2023.


Hall is believed to be in the Nanaimo area. Officers have conducted extensive patrols of homeless tent encampments and all local emergency shelters with no success.


Hall is Caucasian, 6 ft. 2 in.,190 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. This is a recent photo.


If you know the whereabouts of William, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

23-09-27.

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

Police seek owners of recovered electronics

RCMP seek public help in finding the owners of a Samsung tablet and Apple MacBook. The MacBook was seized by officers on Sept. 3, from an individual’s backpack while he was being lodged in the Nanaimo RCMP cellblock. This person is well known to local police and is actively involved in criminal activity; therefore, the item was seized for safekeeping, said R/ Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


The MacBook should be easily identified as the name Hoffman is displayed on the locked screen and the password hint is Dr Nabil.


The Samsung tablet, was found on Sept. 12 at a downtown business. The battery has died and the business was unable to locate any identifying numbers on the item that would assist in locating the owner.


If anyone has information on the ownership of these two items, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

On the
Police

Beat

Stolen
mountain

bike

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Nanaimo file # 2023-32820

This bike was stolen from the backyard of a home in the 2500 block of Rosstown Road on Sept. 25. It was locked at the time of the theft and no witnesses or suspects have been identified. The bike is a blue and black Cannondale F900, and no serial number was available. 23-09-25

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at

250-754-2345

and quote the file number

On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Machete-waving man arrested downtown
RCMP pulled their firearms in arresting a man waving a machete in downtown Nanaimo Wednesday afternoon. He remains in custody. The man was walking down Front Street at around 1 p.m. causing a ruckus. It caught the attention of our members because he seemed quite erratic and was waving the machete around, but they arrested him without incident.

The man is also reported to have kicked over a mailbox, yelling and screaming, and is facing charges of mischief as well as possessing a weapon dangerous to the public peace. 23-09

On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Electronic bike stolen

At approximately 4 p.m. on Sept. 5, an E-bike was stolen from the front of the Canco gas bar at 1050 Terminal Ave. The owner of the bike told police the bike was not locked when she went into the store. She said she was in the store for no more than two minutes.


When she returned, the bike was gone. Surveillance cameras showed an Asian man dressed in black riding south down Terminal Aveenue. The stolen bike is an electric Raev Bullet GT. One battery was attached and an after-market bell was installed on the frame. 23-09-13

Police seek to identify assault suspect


The Nanaimo RCMP is asking the public for their assistance in identifying the individual shown in the attached photo. It is alleged that at approximately 3 PM on Saturday August 26, 2023, this individual assaulted three youths who were sitting behind him on the bus. The picture provided was recently forwarded to the investigator.

 

RDN Transit contacted the police immediately after the incident. Police were told that the youths, ranging in age from 13-16, had an interaction with the man. At one point during this interaction, the suspect stood and began to punch the youths repeatedly in the face. The suspect then walked to the exit door and kicked at it repeatedly until the driver pulled over and let him out. He was last seen walking southbound along Uplands Drive. The youths were not seriously injured but did sustain some minor cuts, bruising and swelling from the punches.


The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, 35-45 years of age, 5 ft. 10 inches, wearing glasses and has receding short brown hair. He was wearing a blue tank top, blue shorts, and was carrying a black backpack.

 

If you have information on the identity of this person, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

UPDATE

We are pleased to report that the 54-year-old woman reported missing has been located safe and sound.

Help needed to find

missing woman

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 54-year-old Victoria Tardif who has not been seen or heard from since Friday September 1, 2023.Tardif is of no fixed address and patrols of emergency shelters and homeless encampments have proved negative.


Tardif is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft. 4", with a slim build. Those who know her well have commented that she has recently lost a lot of weight and wears her hair much shorter than shown in the photo.


If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Victoria Tardif, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

 Victoria Tardif

Keeping our kids safe is everyone’s responsibility


Every year dozens of children across BC are needlessly injured in school zones and playgrounds.Throughout the week of August 28, 2023 to September 1, 2023 private schools in Nanaimo are re-opening, followed with public schools on Tuesday September 5, 2023. What these openings mean is thatat any given time of the day there could be hundreds of youth walking to and from schools, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


To assist with the safety of youth, the Nanaimo RCMP will be doing enhanced patrols and speed checks in schooland playground zones, toensure motorists are complying with the posted speed limit.


The following tips are provided to help keep your children safe when they head off to school.


Parents/Caregivers/Motorists

  • Motorists, in both directions, MUST stop when a school bus has stopped and the red lights are flashing. Even if the red lights are not flashing and you see children boarding, play it safe. Wait until they are safely onboard and the bus begins to move.
  • When your children are getting out of your vehicle, have them leave through the door closest to the sidewalk.
  • Look both ways- this is the big one! This means to not only look both ways but ensure you make eye contact with the driver of approaching vehicles , and make sure the vehicle is slowing down before you cross the road


Speed zones

  • School Zones are 30 km/h from 8 AM to 5 PM during designated school days.
  • Designated playgrounds: 30 km/h dawn to dusk, 7 days a week.


Pedestrian safety

  • Cross only at designated intersections
  • Make sure backpacks are fitted properly and not overloaded
  • When riding a bike, dismount and walk across the intersection


Street Smarts

  • Adults-remind your children to NEVER accept a ride with people they don’t know.
  • Set up a safe word to be used when your child is being picked up by someone other than yourself.
  • If a motorist stops to ask your child questions, remind your child never go within 2 arm lengths of the vehicle.
  • Earbuds and intersections don’t mix- head up, look right and left, make eye contact.


We all need to do our part to keep children and our roads safe. If you have any questions about posted speeds or traffic safety, please call our non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Roads can be tricky after rainfall

Rainfall after long periods of hot, dry weather often leads to slippery streets. That appears to be the case as RCMP responded to a number of crashes yesterday. In the foreseeable future, all drivers should be prepared for slick conditions. When the rains come after long periods of drought, the rain mixed with oils on the roads can make for unpredictable slippery conditions. “The best advice we can offer is to reduce your speed according to the weather conditions and to be extra cautious when taking corners.

23-08-30

On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Keeping our kids safe

is everyone’s responsibility

Every year dozens of children across B.C. are needlessly injured in school zones and playgrounds.Throughout the week of August 28 to September 1, private schools in Nanaimo are re-opening, followed with public schools on Tuesday September 5. What these openings mean is that at any given time there could be hundreds of youth walking to and from schools.

To assist with the safety of youth, the Nanaimo RCMP will be doing enhanced patrols and speed checks in schooland playground zones, to ensure motorists are complying with the posted speed limit. See SAFETY TIPS.

On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Missing woman located safe and sound

Garrett Sahm

We are pleased to report that the 24-year old Nanaimo woman, reported missing on August 29, has been located safe and sound.

 

Garret Sahm, the 28-year-old man who was believed to be in her company, has not been located and is arrestable on multiple outstanding warrants. If anyone has information on his whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Missing woman may be with wanted man

Ashely Skeldoch   Garret Sahm

Nanaimo RCMP seek help in finding Ashley Skeldoch, 24, who may be in the company of a wanted man. Ashley has not been seen since Tuesday and her family has been unable to contact her by phone, which is out of character. She may be with Garrett Sahm, 28, who has numerous outstanding warrants related to charges of sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement. Ashley is 5-feet-3, 105 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. Sahm is 5-feet-11, 135 pounds, with receding brown hair and hazel eyes. If you know Ashley’s whereabouts, call Nanaimo the RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, citing file No. 2023-30253.


If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

On the
Police

Beat

Man survives stabbing
in city's downtown

RCMP are investigating after a man was stabbed in downtown Nanaimo on Sunday night.

Emergency crews were called to a gas station at Nicol Street and Victoria Crescent after a report that a man had been stabbed. The victim staggered into the gas station and asked somebody to call 911.

B.C. Ambulance Service took him to hospital with a non-life-threatening wound. Police did not find any suspect or evidence.

If you know anything about this incident, call the RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, file #29982.

On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Break and enter

at sports field

Nanaimo file # 2023-8259

A quick response by a witness and police to a theft of bottles led to a violent offender being arrested for breach of probation. On August 15, a witness saw two men cutting through the fence surrounding the McGirr Sports field, then loading up a shopping cart with empties that were earmarked for the recycling depot.

Police responded and located the two suspects. One was released without charge while the other, a 44-year-old man was arrested. This individual, who is well known to police and has a history of violence, was held in custody to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court for Breach of Probation.

Tip: while it appeared to be a minor offence, prolific offenders and others entrenched in the criminal life style are often apprehended this way. 23-08-25

On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Homeless man's belongings set on fire

Police are investigating a fire that spread to Evergreen Cremation Centre on Nicol Street at 12:15 a.m. Saturday. Police believe the source of the fire was the torching of a homeless man’s belongings. Nanaimo Fire Rescue extinguished the fire that was creeping up the outside of the building. Police found the individual whose belongings were set on fire, and he was fine. Video surveillance footage shows a pair of suspects fleeing the scene.

23-08-27

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

On the
Police

Beat

Extortion

Nanaimo file 2023-27609 

Recently a young adult man sent sexually explicit photos to a user on Snap Chat and was then told to send cash or the pictures would be distributed to his friends.

The victim took screen shots of the text, blocked the suspect, then called the police. The man was advised to contact Instagram and Snap Chat and cautioned about sending sexual pictures of any kind across social medial platforms.

Tip: Never, ever send sexually explicit pictures across social media platforms. 23-08-24

On the
Police

Beat

If you have information on any crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Suspicious person

Nanaimo file # 2023-27759

At approximately 6 a.m. on August 11, a homeowner on Benson View was awakened to find a man in his backyard staring into his BBQ and appeared to be intoxicated. The police were called and the man was located a short distance away. He told the officer that he had been walking the trails of Mt Benson all night and that he had gone into the yard in search of a light for his cigarettes.

The officer determined the man was under the influence of an unknown drug but was relatively calm. The officer transported him to downtown Nanaimo so that he could access resources more readily.

Tip: Good call on by the homeowner to call the police given the time of day and being uncertain about the man’s disposition. 23-08-24

Help

solve

a crime

If you have information on this or any other crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Break and enter of a boat

Nanaimo file #2023-27467

Sometime within the past week but reported Aug10, a break and enter occurred to a boat moored at 400 Newcastle Ave. The owner said that the hatch to the vessel had been forced opened and it appears the ignition key had been stolen. The suspect(s) left behind an empty purse, some beer cans and cigarettes. Tip: All boats, where possible, should be locked and periodically checked for squatters and signs of possible theft. (Aug 18)

Help

solve

a crime

If you have information on this or any other crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345

and quote the file number

R/Const

Gary O'Brien

Theft of electric bike

file # 2023-27891

Sometime between 9 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 7 a.m. on Aug. 12t ,an electric bike, helmet and lock were stolen from an apartment building at 505 Albert St. At the time of the theft, the bike, a green/silver Giant Roam, with no serial number available, had been locked to a fence in the parkade. Of note, a password is required to start the bike so it is most likely inoperable. Tip: Always take the time to record serial numbers and take pictures of bikes to assist in their recovery if stolen. To register your bike, go to www.project529.com

 

Two in custody following fire

at downtown business building


Two adult men have been arrested in connection with a fire to a downtown commercial business. The fire was reported just before 8 PM on Saturday August 19, 2023, and involved a business located in the 400 block of Wentworth St.


A front-line police officer while on patrol, saw the smoke and flames coming from the building and notified fire crews who responded immediately. The fire was extinguished but not before causing extensive damage to the building, which was determined to be unoccupied.  No secondary damage was caused by the fire.

 

Based on information obtained, two men were located and arrested a short distance from the fire. The two have been remanded into police custody and are expected to make an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Tuesday August 22, 2023.


The building has been secured until such time that fire inspectors can safely enter and  examine the damage caused by the fire.


The investigation continues and if anyone has information on this incident and have not spoken with police, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. 

Do you know where Raymond Ahlstrom is?

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for help in locating 59-year Raymond Ahlstrom, wanted on two counts of Uttering Threats. Ahlstrom is accused of attempted to assault in May on two people with a baseball bat and uttering death threats. Police have been unable to locate Ahlstrom and as a result, warrants have been issued for his arrest.


 Ahlstrom is of no fixed address, and at the time of the alleged offense, he was residing in the 700 block of Townsite Road.  Ahlstrom is a Caucasian man, 5 ft. 11, 170 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. The picture provided is recent.


If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Raymond Ahlstrom, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. 

Have Coffee with a Cop Aug. 8

The Nanaimo RCMP invites the public to join us for a Coffee with a Cop. The event is scheduled for Tuesday August 8, 2023, 9 AM to 11 AM, at Country Grocer located at 1800 Dufferin Crescent.


Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative that aims to enhance relationships between the police and the communities they serve. It has also shown to be a great way of bringing community members and law enforcement to come together in a casual and friendly setting. Additionally, it enables the public to get to know their law enforcement officers on a personal level, while challenging any preconceived notions they may have. 


"Police officers must be willing to get out of their vehicles and to meet face to face with the public to find out what their concerns are - Coffee with a Cop affords this opportunity," said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


If you have any questions or concerns about this event, please do not hesitate to call the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section at 250-755-4469.

Update provided on fatal motor vehicle collision

 

The investigation into the motor vehicle collision that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Nanaimo man is continuing. Police have now established a time-line for the route taken by the suspect driver prior to the fatal collision with the victim’s vehicle. The suspect, had recently been released from hospital.

 

“This time-line is extremely important as it establishes not only where the suspect vehicle drove from but provides a time reference for motorists who may not have thought to check their dashcam footage”, said R/Const Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 

Investigators have determined that at approximately 9:30 p.m. on July 19, the suspect vehicle was seen traveling southbound at Superior Road on the Nanaimo Parkway. At approximately 9:42 p.m., the same vehicle, for unknown reasons, turned into the northbound lanes at the Fifth Street intersection, and continued south. Minutes later, the collision was reported with the victim’s car.

 

If you have dash cam video or any information on the incident that has not been previously reported to police, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

 

Two firearm calls
on the same street,

within two hours

By R/Cst Gary O’Brien

Nanaimo RCMP Media Relations Officer


Two unrelated firearm calls within two hours, on the same street, resulted in the arrest of two adults, the seizure of two handguns and various firearm related charges. The incidents occurred between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., on Monday July 24, in the 100 block of Cavan Street.


Just after 8 AM, officers responded to a report of a large fight on Cavan St and were told that one of the combatants had been seen with a suspected handgun. Officers attended and arrested two individuals who appeared to be involved in the melee. An airsoft pistol was located in a grocery bag; however, ownership of the replica firearm could not be established.


Additionally, officers were unable to establish that the airsoft pistol had been pointed at anyone or used in a threatening manner. One of the individuals, a 19-year-old man of no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault Causing Bodily Harm, then transported to cells. A second adult man who appeared to be extremely agitated was arrested and taken into police custody. He was released several hours later when he was deemed sober and capable of carrying for himself.


The second incident was reported in the same area around 10:30 AM. Officers were told that a handgun had been seen in a vehicle and that the vehicle was occupied by several people. Officers responded and after removing the occupants, 29-year old Ron Arndt, was arrested and found to be in possession of a flare gun that was modified to fire 22 calibre bullets.


Arndt was later charged with Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace and other firearm related charges. Arndt has been remanded to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Wednesday July 26, 2023. After appearing, Arndt was remanded until Monday July 31.


Both of these incidents were considered high risk as firearms were involved and required numerous officers to attend to and deal with safely.The citizens of Nanaimo should take comfort in knowing that the RCMP officers who serve this city are highly trained and are capable and ready to deal with these kinds of situations, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


The airsoft pistol and converted flare gun will eventually be destroyed.

Suspects in theft of television quickly arrested

A recent theft of a 75-inch television seemed to be lacking a degree of planning when the wannabe thieves decided to simply place it on the roof of their vehicle, then drive off with it. The theft, captured on video, occurred at approximately 6:45 PM on June 8, 2023, from Walmart, located in the Woodgrove Centre.


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When officers responded they were told that a man and woman were seen carrying the large box that contained the TV, out of the store. The suspects then shuffled to their vehicle, placed the box on the roof of their vehicle, and drove off. The attending officer noted that the box had simply been dropped on the roof of the vehicle, and was held in placed by the driver reaching up with his left hand, and the passenger's out stretched right hand. The vehicle plate and clothing worn by the suspects was noted by the officer.


This attention to detail by the officer on the plate and clothing worn by the suspects, would  later pay dividends. Just 3 hours later, the suspects, wearing the same clothing and driving the same vehicle, were located at a gas station in central Nanaimo. A 48-year-old man and 43-year-old woman, both from Nanaimo, were arrested for Theft under $5000 and taken into police custody. A search of the trunk of the vehicle later found parts from the stolen television, however the television itself was not recovered.


The suspects were later released on an Undertaking, with their first court appearance set for September 6, 2023 in Nanaimo Provincial Court. The search for the stolen television continues.

Erratic driving complaint leads to collision and impaired driving charges

July 20 - A report of an erratic driver going southbound in the northbound lanes of the Nanaimo Parkway ended with a two-vehicle collision, serious injuries to both drivers and police pursuing impaired driving charges. The incident was reported at approximately 10 PM on Wednesday July 19, 2023, along the Nanaimo Parkway, near the Cedar Overpass.

 

Police, Fire and BCEHS responded. Officers were in the vicinity at the time of the collision as they were attempting to locate and stop the suspect vehicle, described as a Dodge Caravan. Unfortunately, the erratic driver was not located before colliding with a Toyota Yaris, driven by a 23-year male. The driver of the Yaris sustained serious injuries and was transported to the Nanaimo hospital by BCEHS.  Witnesses told police, the suspect driver was seen fleeing on foot shortly after the collision.

 

Police Dog Services were called to the scene and managed to track and locate the suspect driver a short distance away. Officers attended to his injuries and when stabilized, the suspect was turned over to BCEHS. The suspect, a 59 year Nanaimo man, was also transported to the Nanaimo hospital for treatment.


The crash scene closed the northbound lanes for several hours while investigators examined the scene and collected forensic evidence. Both vehicles were undriveable and later towed from the scene. “While only preliminary, investigators believe alcohol, amongst other factors, was a contributor to the collision”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP

 

The investigation is continuing. Police are asking for any motorists with dash-cam video of the crash or prior driving of the suspect driver, to please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. 

 

Files of note from June 26 and June 30


File # 2023 – The following incidents occurred between June 26th and June 30th and provide a snapshot of some calls our front-line officers deal with in the course of their duties


Nanaimo file # 2023-21687  Keep you hands to yourself

Just before 5 PM on Monday June 26, an unknown person stole personal items from the Northfield Dental office, located at 2150 Bowen Road. Police responded and were told that an unknown man had wandered into the clinic staff room and attempted to steal cell phones and wallets. He was confronted but he still managed to leave with several phones and a purse. Stolen was an I-phone 5 and a I-phone 6SE. The stolen purse was black and contained personal ID and a pink/cream colored wallet. All credit cards were immediately cancelled. The suspect was described as a Caucasian man, 5 ft.9, disheveled, with short with balding hair and wearing baggy ill-fitting clothes. Tip: Businesses should ensure that the public does not have access to personal space. If this cannot be done, personal items such as phones and purses should be locked up and out of sight.


Nanaimo file # 23-21821 Check Well-Being

Around 3:30 PM on June 27th, police responded to a Check Well-Being call in central Nanaimo. The caller reported that they were concerned for the safety of a young woman who appeared to be in drug induced state and was panhandling on a nearby highway median. Police responded but were unable to locate the woman. Officers came back on several occasions through out the day but were unable to locate her. Tip: If you have concern for an individual and fear that they could do harm to themselves or others, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. Many people choose to do nothing and young woman like the one may end up in a precarious unsafe situation.


Nanaimo file # 2023-20835 Lost and found

A dingy that had previously been reported as stolen from 1690 Stewart Ave on June 20th was recently found by a City of Nanaimo employee. On June 26 the dingy was spotted in the vicinity of Neck Point and appeared to have been abandoned. The employee decided the best course of action would be to take it back their City Works yard for safe keeping. The police were then contacted and managed to locate the very grateful owner. Tip: if you see something of value that appears to have been abandoned do something about it. You can contact the RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 or City of Nanaimo Bylaws at 250-754-4422. You can also take it home for safe keeping then contact police or bylaws. Posting a picture of it to social media is also a great way to find the owner.


Nanaimo file # 21610 A tight situation

Shortly after 5 AM on Monday June 26th, police responded to a report of a man calling for help near Ace Courier Services located on Tenth St. When officers arrived, they were directed to a sewer grate. Inside the grate they found the source of the noise; a man who appeared to be trapped with the lid securely in place. With the help of several employees of the business, the officers used a pry bar to free the very cold and wet man. After his teeth stopped chattering, he said that he was pushed inside. Police attempted to find CCTV camera of the grate but were unsuccessful. The man was provided with a warm blanket and after refusing medical services, he walked off to live another day.


Nanaimo file # 2023-21915 Car egged for second time

Sometime overnight on Wednesday June 28, 2023, eggs were thrown at a black Honda CRV parked roadside on Brickyard Drive. In December 2022 eggs were also thrown at this same vehicle.

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
nanaimo.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Thieves steal 10 Shepherd puppies

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a theft of ten, 8-week-old German Shepherd puppies. The incident occurred just before 3 AM on Monday June 26, 2023, from a backyard kennel, located in the 300 block of Black Diamond Drive. Since reporting the theft, five of ten puppies have been recovered and returned. (picture attached showing one of the stolen puppies)

The owner told police that her teenage daughter was woken by noise coming from their backyard. When her daughter went out onto their deck to see where the noise was coming from, she was shocked to find several unknown people running away with the puppies. She screamed, as the suspects, who were wearing toques and hoodies, ran to a waiting dark colored SUV, then drove off towards Jingle Pot Road.

The owner has reached out to various animal care groups and the community at large, and all have been very helpful in assisting the police with their investigation, said Reserve Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the puppies, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
nanaimo.rcmp-grc.gc.ca 

These crimes are unsolved. If you have information on any of these incidents, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote
the respective file number
June 21, 2023

Nanaimo file # 2023-20008 Break and Enter, theft and mischief

Sometime overnight on Sunday June 11,2023 a window to a portable classroom at Hammond Bay Elementary was smashed, then entry was made into a portable classroom. The broken window was located closest to the outdoor basketball court. Suspect(s) left some writing on the dry erase board and made off with a number of C-Lightning chargers.

 

Nanaimo file # 2023-20014 Theft of kayaks

On or about Sunday June 11,2023, two kayaks were stolen from the backyard of a home in the 3900 block of Hammond Bay Road. The kayaks were covered with a tarp but were not locked. The first kayak is a 10-foot yellow Heronext with an Old Town sticker, and the second is a 10-foot red and white Pelican Quest. There were no serial numbers or other identifying marks.

 

Nanaimo file # 2023-19665 Theft of bicycle 

Sometime overnight on Sunday June 11, 2023, a bicycle was stolen from the backyard of a home located in the 500 block of Fifth St. The bike is an orange and black Giant and the colors are faded by the sun. The bike has 2 front sprockets but no shifter for the front gears. No serial number was available.

 

Nanaimo file # 2023-21145 Break, Enter and theft

Sometime overnight on Thursday June 15, 2023, a sea can container located on Black Diamond Drive at Jingle Pot Road, was broken into and $7500 of tools was stolen. When workers arrived in the morning, they found the lock cut and the tools missing. The tools taken consisted of grinders, impact drills, sockets, transit levels, and safety vests.

 

Nanaimo file # 2023-20288 Theft from vehicle

Sometime overnight on Friday June 16, 2023, a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Terminal Ave was broken into. The vehicle, an older model grey Volvo, had its back window smashed out and taken was a grey suitcase with wheels.

 

Nanaimo file # 2023-20572 Break and Enter, theft

On June 17, 2023, a laptop went missing from a home located in the 500 block of Northumberland St. The homeowner told police she had stepped out for approximately ten minutes and upon her return the laptop was gone. There were no signs of forced entry and the owner was unsure how suspects would have gained entry.

 

Nanaimo file # 2023-20595 Break and Enter

Sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday June 18, 2023, an unknown person entered a unit located at 111 Wall St and emptied the contents of a homeowner’s wallet, stole keys and some cash. The homeowner told police that she had been in her yard for a short period of time and when she returned, she noticed that the items were missing. All of her credit cards have since been cancelled.

 

Nanaimo file # 2023-20624 Theft from vehicle

At approximately 10 PM on Sunday June 18, 2023, a Dodge Charger parked on Campbell St was broken into. Taken was a Canadian passport and a Harley Davidson helmet.

 

Nanaimo file # 2023-20644 Theft from vehicle

Just before midnight on Sunday June 18, 2023, a homeowner in the 4100 block of Ross Road called police to report that he had scared off two teenage males from his carport. The caller later realized that one of his vehicles and been rifled through and several items had been taken. Taken were  2 non-descriptive watches, an XL ring made of white gold and a red ruby stone. It appears that the suspects had inadvertently left behind a black Apple I-phone and a grey ballcap with a Punisher skull on the front. Both items were seized by police.

 

Police investigate assault with
a baseball bat captured on video

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating an assault with a baseball bat that sent the victim to hospital with serious injuries. The incident occurred just before 5 PM on Friday June 16, 2023, on Bruce Ave near Dundas St.


Police, Fire and BCEHS responded. Witnesses told police, the suspect was seen approaching the victim wearing a mask and carrying a baseball bat. The suspect then allegedly hit the victim with the bat and kicked him before fleeing on foot with a group of 4-5 youths. Bystanders provided first aid to the 18-year man until such time that emergency first responders arrived on scene. BCEHS transported the victim to the Nanaimo hospital, where he was later airlifted to a hospital in Victoria with serious life-threatening injuries.


Police later located a vehicle associated to the assault, and seized it for a forensic examination. Police have also identified the registered owner of the vehicle. To date, no arrests have been made.


“This was a vicious attack carried out in broad daylight that has shocked the community. We want to assure people that this is a priority investigation and that the investigators are focused on identifying who is responsible, and holding them accountable for their actions”, said R/Const. 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.

Man dies in pickup truck crash south of Nanaimo

A single vehicle collision south of Nanaimo has claimed the life of a 33-year old Nanaimo man. The incident was reported at approximately 8:15 PM on Tuesday June 6, 2023, and occurred in the 2400 block of White Rapids Road.

 

Police, BCEHS and Extension Volunteer Fire Dept. attended. Police spoke with several witnesses to the crash. Investigators were told that the vehicle involved, an older model black GMC pickup, had been seen speeding prior to the crash. For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle and ended up going off the roadway and striking a tree. BC Coroners Service attended and pronounced the driver deceased. There were no other persons in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The vehicle was later towed from the scene.

 

A BC Hydro line was impacted in the collision which lead to the section of road being closed for a period of time to ensure the safety of first responders. Along with the BC Coroners Service, a RCMP Traffic Collision Analyst and several Nanaimo RCMP officers were on scene for several hours examining the scene and collecting forensic evidence. While the investigation is only in the preliminary stages, speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors. The family of the deceased have been notified.

 

If anyone has information relating to the incident or pre-collision driving, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-75

Theft of trailer leads to weapons charge

 

An alert neighbour is being credited with foiling the theft of a boat trailer and the seizure of several loaded firearms by police. The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 AM on Monday May 22,2023, in the 600 block of Georgia Ave.

 

The witness told police he heard noises and then saw a boat trailer being carried down the alleyway by two unknown persons. The situation didn’t sit right with him so he reported the incident to the police who were on scene within minutes. After a brief struggle, the two suspects were arrested for the theft.

 

 A search of one of the individual’s backpack located several loaded sawed 22 calibre rifles, as well as magazines for both. A small quantity of suspected crack cocaine, exceeding the allowable limit was also found. The second person was released unconditionally.

 

The stolen trailer was later returned to its rightful owner. 36-year-old Daniel Kipp from Nanaimo, and of no fixed address, was returned to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment to await a bail hearing. Later this same day, Kipp was charged with one count of possessing a prohibited weapon and remanded into police custody. His next court appearance is set for May 23, in Nanaimo Provincial Court.  

RCMP seek suspect in bear spray robbery

230518 - At approximately 4:20 AM on Wednesday May 10, 2023, the Nanaimo RCMP responded to report of a bear-spray incident and theft at the 7-11 located on Bowen Road. Police along with BCEHS responded.


Both clerks at the business were treated at scene by attending BCEHS but did not require further medical treatment. The employees told police that just minutes before, an unknown person with their face covered, had entered the business, discharged a canister of bear-spray then stole a small amount of food. The suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction of travel.


Officers along with Police Dog Services, searched for the individual but were unable to locate the suspect. CCTV footage was reviewed and the suspect is described as follows:

  • Caucasian man, mid height, slim build
  • Wearing a blue jacket, distinctive camo hoodie, face mask
  • Carrying a blue and black backpack

If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. 

Police seek supect in thefts in break-in

230516 – The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person in the  photo. It is alleged that at approximately 7 AM on Tuesday May 9, 2023, this individual broke into a locked shed and stole a BMX bike, impact drill anda propane tank. The shed was in the backyard of a residence in the 500 Block of Bradley St.


The picture provided of the suspect was taken shortly after the theft occurred. If you have any information on the identity of this person, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Please help find Kara McKechnie

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Kiara McKechnie, who left her residence at approximately 9 PM on Saturday May 13, 2023, and has not been seen since. Investigators were told by family members that McKechnie has significant medical issues and as a result they are extremely worried for her safety and well-being. Police have conducted extensive patrols but have been unable to locate her.

 

Mckechnie does not carry a cell phone and she does not drive. She is described as overall cheerful but may appear as distressed. Mckechnie is a Caucasian woman, 5 ft. 6”, 200 pounds with blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a purple t-shirt, black bike shorts and teal colored Crocs.


If anyone sees Kiara McKechnie please call 911. If you know her whereabouts, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.  

Police seek help to find beauty shop break-in suspects

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the two masked suspects shown in the attached photos. Just before 6 a.m. on April 25, two suspects broke into Cosmo Prof hair salon at 1925 Bowen Road.


Police responded to a report of a glass break alarm and upon arrival, found the front door to the businesss mashed out. Patrols of the area proved negative for any suspects. The owner of the business later verified that a number of high end hair clippers and shears were stolen. The next day several still photos taken from video surveillance were provided to investigators.


While both suspects were wearing masks, police are confident that they may be identified from the clothing that was worn. It should be noted that at least one of the suspects appears be a woman, said R/Cst 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.

Nanaimo RCMP open house May 13

Come one, come all! To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the RCMP, the Nanaimo RCMP is hosting an Open House for the public. The event, which will showcase a variety of RCMP careers, personnel, and equipment, is scheduled to run from 10 AM to 2 PM, rain or shine, on Saturday May 13.


This event will have a number of static displays and interactive booths for all ages that will provide the public some insight into a variety of career opportunities and equipment that are at the disposal of the RCMP.


The plans are to include displays of the Emergency Response Team (ERT), their Tactical Armored Vehicle (TAV), the Vancouver Island Tactical Team, West Coast Marine’s large Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, Police Dog Services, Traffic Services, Forensic Services, the Nanaimo Bike Unit, RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit, and much more. There will also be a Police car for the young at heart to explore.


There will be displays and interactive booths and theRCMP recruiting on hand to answer any questions of budding Mounties. Other booths will showcase the 2023 Tour De Rock riders and Crime Stoppers. Community Policing volunteers will also be on hand to provide information on a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout Nanaimo. We are bringing back the popular tours of the detachment’s cellblock and with any luck, Safety Bear will also be in attendance, said Jon Stuart, Community Policing Coordinator for the City of Nanaimo.


Opening ceremonies kick off at 10 AM- come early to get a slice of cake and we look forward to seeing you.

Grandson scam is back with a new twist

The story line changes slightly from year to year but sadly the characteristics of their victims remains consistent- unsuspecting, trusting mature to senior persons, who will do anything to help their “loved one”. The scenario usually ends with the victim losing between $3000 to $7000 of their hard earned money.

 

The Grand Son scam is back and is making its way through Nanaimo. In several cases, the suspect has actually showed up their front door of the victim’s home claiming to be a bail bondsmen, there to take possession of the money required to bail a loved one out of jail. 

 

In cases reported to the Nanaimo RCMP, a phone call is received from an individual who claims to be a loved one. The caller may then say that their lawyer or a police officer needs to speak with them also. The loved one is usually very upset and says that they were involved in a motor vehicle accident. Sometimes the details of the collision include them striking a pedestrian or even a pregnant woman.


To keep the loved one out of jail a bail bond is required. The caller says there is a “gag order” in place so the victim must ensure to not talk to anyone about the situation facing their loved one. Most victims are directed by the lawyer or police officer to contact Purolator or FedEx and provided the necessary information to send money to an address in either Quebec or Ontario. Some however are told they must pay a bail bondsman directly and this person is being sent to their home to collect the money.


On April 19th two incidents were reported of a suspect coming to a home to collect money. The same suspect appears to be involved in both cases, and is described as dark skinned with possibly a Middle Eastern accent. The suspect was of average build, slim build, wearing a dark COVID style mask, afro styled hair and wearing a dark hoodie. In both cases, the victim was on the phone with the “lawyer” when the suspect arrived at the home to collect the money.

 

“This scam has been around for years but every so often another layer or twist is added to it. In the latest version, it’s the bail bondsman. Regardless of what you are told, if you receive a phone call that sounds anything like this, it's a scam. Do not engage with them and hang up the phone. Afterwards, be sure to tell your friends and family about the call so they do not fall for it”, said R/ Cst Gary O’Brien Nanaimo RCMP.


If someone shows up at your door claiming to be bail bondsman, do not let them inside, and call 911 immediately.

 

If you simply received a scam call, the interaction can be reported to the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre . Only contact the police if you lost money or shared personal information. The Nanaimo RCMP can be contacted at 250-754-2345.

Guns, drugs, cash and weapons seized during vehicle stop


A pro-active vehicle-check resulted in the significant seizure of weapons, drugs, cash and the arrest of dangerous offender on outstanding warrants. The incident occurred at approximately 2 AM on Tuesday April 18, 2023, in the 4000 block of Departure Bay Road.

 

The vehicle involved, a white Toyota Tacoma, caught the attention of the officer involved when he noted that there was no front plate attached. A subsequent computer check from his police vehicle indicated that there was also no insurance on it.

 

Once stopped, the officer was quickly identified the 3 occupants as being active in the local drug trade. He also observed a large hunting knife and a collapsible baton inside the vehicle. With the assistance of other officers, a cursory search of the vehicle and its occupants was conducted.

The driver, age 38, was found to be in possession of a large quantity of unknown pills and several hundred dollars in Canadian currency and was arrested.Inside the vehicle, a large tool bag was located. Inside of it wasfound anunloaded tactical semi-automatic pistol grip shotgun, face masks, zap straps, and other items commonly used in the commission of and to carry outviolent crimes and “drug rips”. Another bag was also found that contained multiple cell phones, baseball bat and more suspected illegal pills.


Thetwo passengers; a 27-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman. were arrested for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited weapon. The 27-year-old man was also arrested on multiple outstanding warrants for the Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm. The vehicle was then towed from the scene. Thethree were later released on an Undertakingwith their first court date set for Tuesday September 5, 2023,in Nanaimo Provincial Court.


“In situations where a large quantity of unknown drugs, various prohibited weapons and multiple offenders are involved, it is not uncommon for officersto release the suspects on Undertakings thatcompel them to appear in court at a later date. This affords the investigators time toanalyse the evidence, gather expert evidence, prepare their reports andthen, forward their findings to Crown for charge approval”, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Knife incident leads to Hold and Secure at local high school

 

An altercation between several youths at a local high school in which a knife was produced led to a Hold and Secure being put in place for just under 15 minutes. The incident occurred at approximately 11 AM on Monday April 17, 2023, at Nanaimo District Secondary School.

 

A teacher called 911 to report an altercation between several youths and another youth who was not enrolled at the school. During the incident, a large knife was seen. No one was injured during the melee and a teacher intervened before the incident could escalate further. The suspect youth then fled and his immediate location was unknown.

 

As the location of the suspect was not known, senior school administrators instituted a Hold and Secure, which involves the exterior doors to the school being locked and all students remaining in their classrooms until told otherwise. Approximately 30 minutes later, police located the youth nearby and arrested him without incident. Police Dog Services were called to assist and located a knife in the vicinity that was believed to be associated to the altercation.

 

A 15-year Nanaimo youth was later turned over to the custody of his parents and released on an Undertaking with Conditions, for one count of Assault with a Weapon. His first court date is set for July 6,2023, in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

 

“The incident was witnessed by a number of youth and at least one video of the incident has already been forwarded to local media outlets. Investigators are asking anyone who has video evidence to please contact their School Liaison Officer or the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345”, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 

Officers assigned to the Nanaimo RCMP Youth Team will be at the school tomorrow to help alleviate any concerns students and parents may have, and to answer questions where they can.

 

Pro-active patrols result in significant charges

 

A recent 3-hour proactive policing blitz in the downtown core of Nanaimo resulted in significant criminal code and motor vehicle act charges, including the seizure of two firearms. The checks were carried out between the hours of 12:30 AM and 3:30 AM on Saturday April 1, 2023.

 

“Pro-active policing simply means it was initiated by the officer and was not complaint driven. The officer(s) while on patrol, saw something and reacted to it”, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

 

Throughout the evening, officers were not only keeping a watchful eye on the bar crowd to ensure their safety but were also looking out for trouble makers. It paid off. Just after 1 AM, a woman who is known to local police, was found in the vestibule of a local bank. A quick check of her name against police databases determined she was wanted for an assault from 2022. The 32 year old woman was taken to cells to await a bail hearing.


An hour later, an officer saw a vehicle and driver ignore a stop sign and then continue through a red light. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, age 24, showed strong symptoms of alcohol impairment. This lead to a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition under the Motor Vehicle Act, and his vehicle being impounded.

 

The last and most significant vehicle stop was initiated around 3:15 am in the 1000 block of Terminal Ave. The officer involved decided to pull the vehicle over after noting that the rear window of the vehicle was completely covered with tin foil. When the officer approached, a large knife was observed beside the driver. Additionally, he also saw 4-5 cell phones and a number of small bags suspected of containing illegal drugs. The driver was promptly arrested. In the backseat a sawed off shotgun and a rifle were located. The 29-year-old driver was arrested and faces numerous drug and firearms charges.

 

“Throughout the evening our officers commented that a number of people who were walking or driving by would shout out supportive comments to them, acknowledging their efforts in keeping them safe. These spontaneous gestures did not go unnoticed and were well received by our officers”, said O’Brien. 

Sex assualt suspect arrested within minutes

With the help of social media, a sex assault suspect was identified and arrested within ninety minutes of the alleged offence. The incident occurred at approximately 1:20 PM on Monday March 27, 2023, in the vicinity of 55 Victoria Road.


The victim, a 27-year woman, told police she was returning to her work place when the suspect approached  her from behind, grabbed her around the neck then groped her in sexual manner. The victim broke free of the suspects grasp and ran to her nearby workplace. A fellow employee managed to snap a picture of the suspect before he was seen running away.


The victim called 911. She then posted the picture of the suspect to social media. Numerous police officers responded and searched the area for the suspect. Within minutes of the victim’s social media post, tips began to pour in which eventually lead to the suspect being identified. This information was shared with police and resulted in the suspect being located at a nearby home and arrested without incident.

 

35-year-old Brett Ranger of no fixed address was held in police custody and appeared in Nanaimo Provincial Court on Tuesday March 28, 2023, where he was formally charged with one count of sex assault. Ranger was then remanded until Tuesday April 4, 2023.


“The victim in this incident did everything correctly. She fought back, she made noise, she told someone and reported the incident to the police. Then, by using her phone, a picture of the suspect was shared across social media, which ultimately lead to his timely arrest”, said R/Const. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

Can you identify these two shoplifting suspects?

Do you know the two women in this photo?

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking the public for assistance in identifying the two women in the photo. On January 21, they are suspected of stealing a number of beauty products from Sally Beauty, 6894 Island Highway North.


Police attended to the business and spoke with an employee who said  the twomen entered the business just before 4 p.m., selected a number of items which included a blow dryer and hair products, then left without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise. Closed circuit pictures were obtained and to date, the suspects have not been identified.


The two are Caucasian, early to mid twenties, wearing glasses and toques. One appears to have bright pinkish/red hair. If anyone has information on the identity of these individuals, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

One person in hospital with gunshot
wounds following downtown shooting

 

A 39-year-old man is in hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries following a weekend shooting at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday in the vicinity of the Coast Bastion Hotel.

 

Police, BCEHS and Fire responded. The incident was initially reported by Community Safety Officers (CSO’s) who were on patrol when they were flagged down by the victim who was bleeding heavily from a facial injury. He told the officers that he had been shot. Attending BCEHS provided emergency care and transported the victim to the Nanaimo hospital.  


The area surrounding the hotel was closed off to the public to allow investigators time to search the parking and surrounding area for forensic evidence. To date, no arrests have been made and the firearm involved has not been located.

If anyone has information on this incident which includes video, photos or dash cam footage of the area from 7:30 PM to 8 PM, on Saturday March 18, 2023, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Investigation continues into daytime shooting 


The Nanaimo RCMP continues to investigate a shooting that sent a Nanaimo man to hospital with serious injuries. To date, no arrests have been made in the incident that occurred at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday March 12, 2023, in the vicinity of Barsby Ave and Mill St.

 

Since the incident occurred, investigators have been reviewing numerous videos provided by businesses, witnesses, and dash cam evidence from motor vehicles. Numerous witness statements have also been taken and the team of investigators have also consulted with neighbouring police jurisdictions and other agencies.

 

“Investigators are confident that they are moving forward and truly appreciate the cooperation and information that has been provided by general public. Investigators are also aware that there are people in the community who may have information about the incident but for whatever reason, they have not come forward. We need to hear from them”, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 

The individual who was shot remains in hospital and there is no time line as to when he will be released. “The Nanaimo RCMP remains committed to ensuring the safety of all its citizens, and we will work with individuals, when lawful to do so, to solve crime and retrieving suspected stolen property”, said O’Brien.


To assist the police in retrieving stolen property, please consider the following crime prevention tips:

-Engrave all electronics, tools and valuables with an identifying number. Engravers can be purchased at most retail stores

-Take pictures of all electronics, tools and valuables

-Bikes should be registered at www.project529.com  

-Report all thefts to the police and then to your Block Watch if you are part of one


If you suspect an individual has stolen property: 

-Do not confront them

-Call the police immediately and provide details  

-If you decide to follow them, do so from a safe distance

-By using your phone, let the police know where you are, what the suspect is wearing and provide any other useful details.


“Remember, at the end of the day, nothing is more valuable than your safety and well-being”, said O’Brien. If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.  MORE

Man arrested for hypodermic needle on bow and arrow

A 32-year-old Nanaimo man has been arrested on weapons charges and for assaulting a peace officer. The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. on Monday March 13,in the parking lot of the Port Place Mall.


Officers responded to a report of a man who had been threatening staff and bystanders in the area with a stick and toy bow and arrow that appeared to have a hypodermic needle extending from the end. Officers quickly located the suspect and as they approached, the suspect fled. A short foot chase and struggle ended with the suspect being arrestedand taken into custody.


Adam Cajander was held in custody to await a judicial bail hearing. Cajander was formally charged with Assaulting a Police Officer, Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace, Uttering Threats and Resisting Arrest. He was then remanded into police custody to await his next court appearance that has been set for March 28.

Police searching

for stolen motorcycle 

The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a stolen motorcycle. The red Suzuki GSXR street bike, as shown in the attached photos, was taken sometime between 10 PM on Sunday March 5, 2023, and 4:30 AM on  Monday March 6, 2023, from a carport of a home located in the 100 block of Kerr St.


The owner told police that the motorcycle had no plates on it as it was off the road for the winter, and was parked in the back of his carport behind two vehicles. The door to the carport door was held closed by two zap straps that were found cut and lying on the ground.  The VIN for the bike is JS1GR7MA412100764.


If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the motorcycle or knowledge of the theft, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

RCMP Youth Camp
is back and seeking applicants

If you are in Grade 11 or 12 in School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith), 69 (Oceanside), 70 (Pacific Rim) or 79 (Cowichan Valley) and you are thinking of a career in law enforcement or as an emergency responder this experience is for you, said Corporal Jana Rose, whose Nanaimo RCMP Youth Unit is responsible for organizing the five-day event.


Running, self-defence, law, forensics, marching, team building and many other activities make up this action packed week. Previous recruits have commented that their days are full and it really gave them an insight into what law enforcement is all about and what it takes to become a real Mountie, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien Media Spokesman for the Nanaimo RCMP.


The cost for the camp is $400 and all candidates must beable to pass a fitness test, a Police Information Check, and have good attendance at their school. To apply, candidates can contact any of the School Liaison Officers listed at their schools or any school counsellor. Assistance with enrollment fees is possible through fund raising. Please contact your RCMP School Liaison Officer or GuidanceCounsellor for assistance. Application deadline is March 11.

Missing Nanaimo woman found safe

UPDATE – Nanaimo RCMP report that a woman who was missing has now been located safe and sound.


Nanaimo RCMP seek public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Cheyenne Davidson. A member of Davidson’s family requested a check well-being as they had been unable to connect with her for several months. Cheyenne is believed to be of no fixed address. As a result of the information provided to police, there is concern for her safety and well-being.


Investigators have followed up with various jurisdictions on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, and have attempted to contact any known friends or associates. To date, these efforts have not proved successful.


She is Caucasian, 5 ft.7, 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. The picture is recent. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Cheyenne Davidson, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

 Investigation continues into Walmart fire

 

The investigation into a fire that was intentionally set at Walmart continues and to date, no suspects have been identified. The fire was reported at approximately 1:45 PM on Wednesday February 22, 2023, in the diaper section of an aisle in Walmart.


The fire was quickly doused by an employee, however; the resulting smoke damage forced the store to be evacuated and close for several days to allow the building to be properly ventilated.


“While the investigation is moving forward, investigators have not been able to identify a primary suspect, and that is frustrating”, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.  If anyone has any information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Pedestrian seriously injured

in collosion with motor vehicle

 

23/03/01

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a collision between a motor vehicle and pedestrian. The incident occurred at approximately 11:20 PM on Tuesday February 28, 2023, at the intersection of Mostar Road/Rutherford Road and Highway 19a.

 

Police, EHS and Fire responded. The victim, an adult woman, was treated at the scene by attending BC Paramedics then transported to the Nanaimo hospital for emergency medical treatment. The driver of the vehicle involved, also an adult woman, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

 

While only preliminary, it appears that the driver, who was operating a grey older model Volkswagen Jetta, was proceeding south-bound through the intersection in the slow lane, when her vehicle struck the woman. Investigators believe the victim was attempting to walk through the intersection from Mostar Road towards Rutherford Road when struck.

 

Police were unable to identify any independent witnesses who may have witnessed the collision. Investigators have ruled out alcohol and or drugs as contributing factors on the part of the driver, and the pedestrian was noted to be wearing dark non-reflective clothing.

 

Both lanes of the highway were closed for several hours while investigators, including an RCMP Collision Analyst, examined the scene. The vehicle involved sustained significant front-end damage and was towed from the scene, and will undergo a mechanical inspection.


If anyone witnessed the collision or has dash cam footage of the incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit at 250-754-2345. 

Owner helps in arrest of property offender

 

23/02/27

A 36-year-old man was arrested on property crime related offences following an early morning break and enter to a commercial property in downtown Nanaimo. The incident occurred at approximately 4 AM on Tuesday February 21, 2023, and involved a business located in the 100 block of Terminal Ave.

 

Officers were dispatched to the area of Terminal Ave North when the business owner reported seeing an unknown person inside his compound. It appeared from CCTV footage that the individual was attempting to steal various items.

 

When police arrived, they noticed that the surrounding chain link fence had been cut. A few minutes late, officers detected the suspect fleeing on foot which resulted in a short foot chase. The suspect was eventually arrested after being found hiding under a parked vehicle. The man, who was later determined to be breaching court ordered release conditions, was also found to be in possession of a quantity of break and enter tools.

 

The individual was taken into police custody and later released on an Undertaking on charges of Break and Enter, Mischief, Possess Break in tools, and Fail to Comply. His first court appearance is set for May 9th, 2023 in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

 

“With the help of updated CCTV cameras and a diligent quick thinking property owner, our officers were able to solve this break and enter and prevent the loss of potentially thousands of dollars in merchandise.” Said R/Cst. Gary O’Brien.

 

Grandson scams, refund scams, CRA scams and gift card scams are just some of the hundreds of scams being carried out every day across Canada. As of December 31, 2022, more than 90,000 frauds with losses totalling $530 million had been reported to the Canadian Anti Fraud Center. While these losses are alarming, what is more disturbing is that statistically, only five per cent of all frauds are reported.


We all must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting our hard-earned money. Know the signs and know what to look for so you don’t fall prey, says R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP


The following are some of the more prevalent frauds currently being carried out in Nanaimo.


Grandson scam or Emergency scam

This has been around for years but is still one of the more effective scams because it tugs at the victim’s heart strings. In this scam, a fraudster makes a cold call claiming to be a grandson, family member or even a law enforcement officer calling on behalf of the loved one.


The caller says that they were involved in a car accident, have been arrested, became sick, or may have been injured, etc. They plead for money to pay their bail, legal fees or mounting hospital bills. They claim that they cannot say more due to a ban on court proceedings or that they aret too embarrassed.


The victim is then directed to attend to their financial institution and withdraw money. In some cases, fraudsters come to the victim's home to pick up the money. In most cases, the victim is directed to wire or send money via courier services. Some have even been directed to pay by cryptocurrency. Recently, a Nanaimo senior lost $8,000.


Gift card scam

A cold call is made and the victim is told that their credit card has been compromised or that they owe back taxes. The caller claims to work for a bank or the CRA and tells you that in order to pay or settle the bill, the victim must purchase a number of gift cards. The victim is told where to purchase the cards and when the cards are purchased, they are to call the fraudster back and provide the 10-digit code that is on the back of each card. Recently, several people in Nanaimo lave lost between $2,000 to $15,000.


Refund scam

The victim receives a text message or email claiming thattheyare entitled to a GST rebate, or a gas rebate. They are then directed to respond to a text with certain letters.


This is a scam that attempts to harvest your personal information or credit card data. In one recent case, a victim received a text indicating there was a pricing issue with a recent delivery. To receive the funds, they were told to respond with YES. This activated a link that was then sent to them.


The victim opened the link and shortly thereafter, the fraudster managed to access the victim's banking app and withdrew just under $2,000 from their bank account. The victim did not realize the money was gone until some days later when they attempted to send an e-transfer. The fraudster was also able to change the name on the victim's bank account.


There are many scams being carried out on any given day. If you provided personal information, have lost money, call your police department. Otherwise, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

February is fraud

awareness month

R/Cst. Gary O'Brien

Former boyfriend charged in death of Amy Watts

Following an 18-month long investigation in the disappearance of 26-year-old Amy WATTS, a charge of Manslaughter has been approved against her former boyfriend, 38-year-old Kyle Gordon ORDWAY.


On January 16, 2023, Nanaimo Crown Counsel, in close consultation with the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit, approved the charge against ORDWAY. Amy WATTS was originally from Prince Edward Island and had moved to Vancouver Island several years prior. She was in a relationship with ORDWAY up until her disappearance in May of 2021.


ORDWAY is in custody on an unrelated matter. His next court appearance in Nanaimo Provincial Court on the Manslaughter charge has not been determined.


The investigation into WATTS’ disappearance and death required significant time and police resources. In the weeks and months following Amy WATTS’ disappearance, investigators, utilizing significant resources and expertise, exhaustively searched several locations, and followed up on dozens of tips in order to gather evidence related to this matter.


Given that this mater is now before the courts and that an individual has been formally charged and is before the courts, police will not be providing any additional information with regards to the investigation, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


Original news release


Police investigating incident at City pool change room

 

The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating an incident of an individual acting inappropriately at a Nanaimo recreation facility. The incident was reported to the Nanaimo RCMP on February 4, 2023, and occurred in a change room at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (NAC).


The investigation involves an adult who was allegedly staring intently at a young child while they changed in the women’s change room. The behaviour was witnessed by the children’s parents, who reported the interaction to the Nanaimo RCMP.

 

“The incident is being investigated and to date, the person seen in the washroom has not been identified”, said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


Police were told that the individual was wearing a brown wig, tight jeans, a dark zip up hoodie, and an oversized medical mask that concealed much of their face.


“The details of this incident may constitute voyeurism as defined by the Criminal Code and as such, our investigators have initiated a criminal investigation”, said O’Brien.

 

Staff at the NAC have been contacted by police and are assisting with the investigation, which includes providing access to CCTV video footage from the foyer of the NAC. 

 

If anyone has information on the identity of the individual involved or has information on any similar unreported incidents, please contact the Nanaimo RMCP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

Man charged with after robbery try with crossbow

23.02.21

A man is in police custody for Robbery and several weapons offences for allegedly brandishing aloaded crossbow. The incident occurred near the intersection of Milton Street and Nicol Street shortly after 7 AM on Saturday February 18th, 2023.

Front line officers responded to a report of an individual who was reportedly threatened and robbed by a man who wasin possession of a pistol and a hunting crossbow. Officers located the suspect in nearby bushes and retrieved a loaded crossbow and several knives. Thefirearm howeverwasnot located.

The purchase of this cross bow was actually reported to police justdays prior by staff at a Nanaimo retail store who were concerned about the purchase",said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Dustin Pacheco of Nanaimo appeared in a brief bail hearing on the Saturday night and was ordered remanded into police custody. His next court appearance is set for February 22, 2023.

12 hours in the life of a Mountie

2022-12-21

 

The Nanaimo RCMP is arguably one of the busiest detachments in BC. With a population of just over 100,000, the 150-plus officers assigned to work in Nanaimo, arrive each and every day committed to keeping the citizens of Nanaimo safe and out of harm's way.

 

"While this is fictional account of a 12-hour shift, it is not far from the truth fromwhat a front line responder can expect to deal with on any given shift, said R/Cst Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 

4 p.m. The officer arrives at work and heads to the gym to hit the treadmill for 30 minutes.

 

5:30 p.m. Watch briefing. He greets his Watch mates with a heartfelt Merry Christmas while settling in for the daily briefing. At one point he reaches for his wallet and finds a hand-written note inside it from his 4-year-old daughter. The note says Daddy, I luv U, Bee Safe, C U in the morning. He smiles and tucks the note back in his wallet for safe keeping.

 

6 p.m. After a quick safety check of his vehicle he lets dispatch know he is 10-8 in service. Calls are already waiting.

 

7:45 p.m. The officer and one other officer respond to a domestic dispute between a man and woman inside a residence. They arrive to find the two embroiled in a heated argument over finances. There are no signs of a physical assault so one party is asked to leave for the night to cool off. The officers wait while the husband finds his keys and waits until the husband drives off. After offering Victim Services to the woman, he writes up his file in his vehicle, then lets dispatch know the two are both10-8. More calls await.

 

9:00 p.m. An emergency tone alert is activated. Ac onvenience store owner has called 911 to report they were robbed by a man brandishing a knife. The officer is first on scene. The suspect has fled on foot so the officer calls for Police Dog Services to attend. Other officers secure the scene, take statements and review video surveillance, while the officer runs with the Police Dog and its handler. For 45 minutes then make their way through ankle deep mud and thick bramble bushes. The track stops abruptly at a clearing and is eventually called off by the handler. The officer returns to the store and discusses possible suspects with other officers. After writing up his involvement, he lets dispatch know that he is 10-8 in service and tries unsuccessfully to get the mud off his boots.. He eventually gives up. He also notices he ripped his patrol jacket while running with the Police Dog and has re-aggravated a previous lower back injury.

 

11 p.m. The officer conducts a traffic stop for a vehicle that has no tail lights. The 17-year-old driver receives a verbal warning and is sent on their way.

11:15 PM The officer patrols through downtown and notices that the bars appear to be full. He makes a mental note to ensure he and his Watch mates do some bar patrols later on.

 

11:30 p.m. While on patrol, the officer comes upon an individual lying face down on a sidewalk. The person is unconscious, their breathing is extremely shallow and their pulse is almost non-existent; the officer believes they are in the throws of an overdose that could be fatal. EHS is called to attend and he administers Naloxone. The person responds immediately. EHS arrives and transports the adult male to hospital for an assessment. The file is written up. Dispatch, I’m 10-8.

12:30 a.m. The officer and others park downtown and head on foot to check out the nightclubs. They talk to staff and scan the crowd for underage patrons and known trouble makers. All seems good and most seem to be in the Holiday spirit. Dispatch, were all 10-8 from the bar checks.

 

1:45 a.m. The officer assists with a report of a 3 vehicle crash south of town. EHS and Fire are on scene. One occupant has been thrown clear while two adults are still inside with relatively minor injuries. The officer detects a strong odor of liquor from the vehicle and the injured persons. The officer is the second car on scene and is tasked with taking pictures and obtaining witness statements. The officers close the highway to allow a medical air ambulance to safely land and transport one of the injured persons to hospital. Dispatch, I’m clear of the MVA.

 

4:15 a.m. The officer meets with two other officers for a long overdue coffee break at an all night coffee shop. They discuss their evening and the armed robbery from earlier, flushing out more info on possible suspects. 15 minutes into their coffee, their down time is cut short when a tone alerts them to areport of three men fighting in a nearby parking lot, one is bleeding and another may have a firearm. All officers respond leaving behind their coffees and bowls of soup. The individuals are located, arrested and searched for weapons. When the scene is secure, EHS responds to the injured party. One of the individuals is found with a loaded Beretta pistol shoved into his waist band. This individual is well known to the officers and will be appearing in Nanaimo Provincial Court in the AM on various weapons charges and several outstanding warrants. Dispatch, were clear of the fight,10-8.

 

5:45 a.m. The officer and a few others gather in a parking lot for a few minutes to take in the sunrise and discuss their Christmas plans. They remark it is the first Christmas in 5 years that they are not scheduled to work.

 

6:00 a.m. The officer heads back to the detachment and signs off. Dispatch, I am 10-7, off shift.

 

6:30 a.m. The officer arrives home. The first thing he does is checks in on his 4-year daughter who appears to be sleeping peacefully. He ensures the house is secure. He then takes a few minutes to admire their Christmas tree and the beautiful hand-made ornaments that his 4 year old made at daycare. He feels blessed.

6:35 a.m. He hits the sack and falls asleep instantly.

 

To learn about a career with the RCMP, click here https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/how-to-apply 

Released by

R/Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
nanaimo.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 


A time for love is also a time for scams

23/02/19

Every year, leading up to Valentines Day, fraudsters push out the notorious Romance Scam on unsuspecting victims. Sadly, it works and many lose significant amounts of money and have their hearts broken in the process.

 

To lure their victims, it is quite common for fraudsters to use pictures found on social media platforms to portray themselves, their family members or even their family pets. The latest twist to this scam is for fraudsters to send random text messages to victims which may read “where have you been, or “where are you”. When the victim responds, a conversation is struck up. The fraudster then begins to attempt at building a relationship with the victim.

 

“The purpose of the scam is to foster a sense that of trust in the victim so that in the near future the fraudster can ask their victim for money and they willingly oblige ” said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.


The reasons for the money request may include

A personal or family emergency

The fraudster has no access to money

Unexpected business or legal fees

Travel fees to return home

 

Warning Signs

Profile seems too perfect

Someone you haven’t met yet begins to profess their love for you

Attempts to meet in person are cancelled or there’s always an excuse 

 

How to protect yourself 
Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know

Never send money to someone you haven’t met in person


If you think that you have been the victim of a fraud, call your local police agency or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at report a fraud