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.
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
Reduce speeds significantly and be prepared to stop suddenly
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.
Always do a once over before allowing your kids to dig in
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
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.
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.
Help needed to find
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cst. Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
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.
Cst. Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
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.
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
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.
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:
If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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