Mounties make short work of armed shoplifter


2021-02-17 07:57 PST

File # 2021-5404

Nanaimo Mounties were in the right spot at the right time after they arrested a 36-year-old shoplifter who minutes before had threatened to stab store employees with a knife. The incident occurred at approximately 3 pm on Saturday February 13, 2021, at the Canadian Tire located on Uplands Drive.

Officers with the Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes Unit just happened to be driving by that location when they heard a broadcast of a shoplifter waving a knife at employees if they tried to stop him from leaving. The officers learned that the suspect was now walking away and was being followed by several employees. These employees were providing real time updates on their location. The employees did not attempt to stop the individual and followed the suspect from a safe distance. Less than one minute later, the officers spotted the suspect near the intersection of Uplands Drive and Oliver Road.

The officers quickly surrounded the man, forced him to the ground then safely arrested him. When the man was secured in handcuffs the officers searched his clothing and located two folding knives in his pants pockets, along with small amount of suspected fentanyl and heroin. Also found was a mall bottle of bonding agent, allegedly stolen from Canadian Tire. Upon his arrest, the suspect provided a false name to the officers as well as identification for another person, and was subsequently arrested for Obstruction.

Jackson Filgate was later released from police custody with his next court appearance set for March 2, 2021 in Nanaimo Provincial court. Filgate faces charges of Theft Under $5000, Possession of Stolen Property under $5000, Utter Threats, Possess a Controlled Substance x 2, and Obstruction.

The employees of Canadian Tire handled a volatile situation the best they could. Without getting to close to the suspect, they followed from a safe distance, and provided current information to police dispatch. This allowed the officers to quickly find them and the suspect, and safely take control of the situation. said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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