Wire thefts on the rise


2022-10-07 08:01 PDT

File # 2022-35084

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The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating several thefts of wire that have occurred recently in central Nanaimo. The most recent theft occurred sometime overnight on Tuesday October 4 ,2022, and involved 75 metres of wire being ripped out of light standard junction boxes located along Bowen Road. (see attached pictures)

Thieves have been focussing their attention io the area next to Wall St, along Bowen Road and continuing west along Bowen Road to Pine St. The October 4th theft knocked out street lights for 4 to 6 hours and cost upwards of $4000 to repair and to replace the wiring. This year alone, thieves have stolen almost 4 kilometres of wiring costing the city upwards of 30,000 to replace.

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

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

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Cst. Gary O'Brien

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

Email: gary.obrien@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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