Unsolved Crimes and files of note Oct 1st to Oct 7th


2022-10-12 08:32 PDT

File # 2022

Nanaimo file # 2022-35234 Break and Enter

Sometime between 9 AM and 11:30 AM on Wednesday October 5th, a home in the 1800 block of Latimer Road was broken into, with thieves making entry through a lower floor bathroom window. Taken was a black Acer laptop, an Acer Chrome book, a Bose Bluetooth speaker, 4 gold rings, gold earrings, a Nixon black watch, and a silver NHL watch engraved with the names of Lloyd and Matt Gilmour on the back. Neighbours reported seeing two suspicious characters in the area. First person: Caucasian man, mid 30’s, slim build, 5 ft.8 and wearing glasses and sporting a goatee. He was wearing khaki pants, a dark hoodie and carrying a black backpack. Second person: Caucasian man, mid 20’s, 5 ft.6. 140 pounds, with shoulder length curly hair. He was wearing blue jeans and black hoodie. Both were last seen walking along Manchester Lane. Note: Kudos to alert neighbours for providing the excellent description of the possible suspects.

Nanaimo file # 2022-25210 Break and Enter

 Sometime overnight on October 6th, Seaview Glass on Kenworth Road was broken into. The front door to the business had accidentally been left unlocked. Thieves took full advantage of this and walked in, picked up two laptops, gas cards, golf clubs and some petty cash. No alarms, no security cameras, no witnesses. Note: It's safe to say, this was a hard lesson to learn and will not be repeated again.

Nanaimo file # 2022-34889 Check Well Being

In early October, officers attended to a home for a report of an individual making delusional statements. Based on the behaviour described there was concern for t his persons safety and well-being. When officers arrived the individual was not home. After many phone calls and inquiries to community agencies, the person was finally located at an alternate location. The officers attempted conversation with him but it was not possible as he was quite intoxicated. It was also evident that the individual was in need of a mental health assessment. due to some delusional comments made. This person was taken to the Nanaimo detachment, and when deemed sober, he was transported to the psychiatric unit of the Nanaimo hospital for a mental health assessment. Several days later, a family member called to thank the officers for their efforts and perseverance in getting the individual to the hospital for treatment that he desperately needed. Note this incident and others have been anonymized to protect the identify of the individuals involved.

Nanaimo file # 2022-33343 Check Well Being

In early October, several officers attended to the home of an Indigenous youth for a mental health assessment.The officers were told by a family member that there was fear that the individual was homicidal. The officers were told that the individual had ecently developed an unfounded fear of attending school, and was not taking his medication. Officers asked for the assistance of an Indigenous elder to help in easing the youth out of his home. Even with this help, it required two officers to physically restrain the person so that he could safely be transported to Nanaimo hospital for a mental health assessment. Two days later, the attending officers were advised that the individual had been committed for further intensive mental health care. Note; this calls are sensitive, time consuming and involved multiple agencies.

Nanaimo file # 2022-34932 Theft of baggage

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

Nanaimo file # 2022-34985 Possible impaired driver

 At approximately 12:30 AM on Monday October 3rd, police responded to report of a possible impaired driver on board a BC Ferry that was disembarking at the Departure Bay Ferry terminal. Police were told the driver had been seen consuming a number of beers during the ferry ride to Nanaimo. Police intercepted the vehicle on Stewart Ave. The attending officer noted a strong odor of liquor on the breath of the driver. A breath sample was provided by the driver which resulted in a WARN. The driver was then issued with a 3-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 3 days. A sober ride was obtained for the individual. Note: BC Ferries are excellent partners to work with. Their employees provide real time information and their surveillance systems are often relied upon in police investigations.

Nanaimo file # 2022-35439 Unsafe bicycle

At approximately 3:40 PM on Thursday October 6th, police received a report of youth riding along Sixth St on a modified bicycle. Reports said the youth was riding quite aggressively and that people had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. An officer attended and located the owner of the bike who told the officer he had lent the bike to a friend, and that this person must not been acting responsibly The youth was cautioned on road safety and who in future, to lend his bike to. No charges. Note: Most calls for service do not result in charges and are resolved informally by the attending officers.

Nanaimo file # 2022-35464 Hold up Alarm

At approximately 6:30 PM on Thursday October 6th, police responded to a report of a hold up alarm at the Husky gas on Bowen Road. When police arrived they were met by an employee  outside the business who told the officer that he had accidentally dropped his handheld panic alarm and that everything was fine. After taking a look around the business the officer cleared to go to another call. Note: In the first week of October, police responded to 40 false alarms.

Nanaimo file # 2022-35403 Motor Vehicle incident

Just after noon on Thursday October 6th, police, EHS and Fire responded to vehicle that had driven into the front of London Drugs on Uplands Drive. The driver, age 76, was not injured however the front end of his older model Ford Ranger pickup sustained significant front end damage. The driver was quite embarrassed and told police that when he went to park, he mistakenly hit the gas and not his brake, and ended up smashing into the outer wall of the business. There were no signs of impairment and the vehicle was towed from the scene. Note: This is not that uncommon and sometimes the causative factors are the age of the driver, possible impairment or inattentiveness.

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

Released by

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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