A weird and wacky week of policing in Nanaimo


2017-11-23 15:48 PST

File # Unsolved crimes November 17th to November 21st

Nanaimo file # 2017-38867 If at all possible avoid steep hills when icy conditions exist. A driver found this out the hard way when on Friday November 17th he attempted to make his way down Westwood Hill. After applying his brakes the next thing he knew was he and his pickup were upside down leaning next to a guard rail. Thanks to his seat belt the driver escaped with minor injuries.

Nanaimo file # 2017-38875 On November 17th officers attended to a downtown local bank for a report of a disturbance. When they arrived they found a male visibly upset after being told he could not camp out in the vestibule of the bank. After having him pick up his assortment of pillows and other items and asking him if he wanted to open a chequing account, to which he declined, he begrudgingly moved on.

Nanaimo file # 2017-39014 In the early morning hours of Saturday November 18th officers attended to a report of ten revellers yelling and howling at the moon. Nature apparently called for several of them as they were seen urinating on the roadway. When officers arrived the group had apparently departed in a taxi, with empty bladders.

Nanaimo file # 2017-39221 Sometime between Friday November 17th and Saturday November 18th a break and enter occurred at Community Care Living on Metral Drive. When staff arrived to work on Saturday November 18th they found a computer missing and the office ransacked. Left behind was a crowbar which most likely was used to break into the building.

Nanaimo file # 2017-39102 At approximately 2 am on Sunday November 19th and coincidentally near bar closing time, officers were alerted to male on Skinner St bleeding from a cut to his head. The adult male was being comforted by his lady friend and when asked the obvious "what happened" he either couldn't or wouldn't say what caused his injuries. Either way he did receive outstanding service from not only our officers but attending BC Paramedics and City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue.

Nanaimo file # 2017-39175 On Sunday November 19th an officer attended to downtown hotel for a report of theft. The victim told police a male had taken her cellphone and then departed with it. Video surveillance showed a male, dressed all in black with a big beard, carrying a guitar case leaving with her phone. Less than one hour later and nearby, a male dressed all in black, with a big beard and carrying a guitar case was located and arrested with the stolen phone. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Nanaimo file # 2017-39313 On Monday November 20th police and fire responded to a car fire in the rear parking lot of the North Town Centre Mall. The occupant and owner of the car told first responders he was cooking dinner when for unknown reasons the grill overheated and flames appeared. The fire did not cause any significant damage and prior to departing, the officers provided some basic tips on outdoor cooking and why cooking in a vehicle could be dangerous to your health.

Nanaimo file # 2017-39427 On Tuesday November 21st police attended to the parking lot of the Woodgrove Centre for a report of a theft in progress from a vehicle. The attending officer found rubbish scattered around the outside of the car, and the interior of the vehicle appeared to have  been ransacked. The owner was located a few minutes later and told the officer his car had broken down and although it looked like it had been ransacked, he just likes it that way. He also admitted to throwing garbage out of his car into the parking lot. The owner was told to clean up his mess.


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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

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

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