Nanaimo, BC: In the past two weeks, 31 break and enters have been reported in Nanaimo. In at least three of these incidents, residents were home at the time of the break in.
On Friday September 16th, a home on Lignite Place (off Coal Tyee Trail) was broken into. When the owners woke in the morning they soon realized someone had broken in while they were asleep, and made off with a purse, laptops, and keys. It appears the thief entered through a window. Over the next two weeks, two other homes were broken into while owners slept. In both situations, home owners came face to face with the suspect while inside their respective homes.
On Friday September 30th, a 77 year old female residing on Honey Drive (off Park Ave) woke after hearing noises. As she walked into her kitchen she was confronted by an unknown male. He yelled at her to give him money but when females Lifeline Intercom System activated the suspect male decided to leave. Just before leaving he grabbed some chicken from her fridge then ran out the back door.
On Sunday October 2nd, at 11:30 am, a 40 year female living in the 600 block of First St was woken after hearing her back door open. When she went to investigate, she came face to face with an unknown male riffling through her wallet. She let loose a scream and he ran out the back door and left the area riding a bicycle.
The descriptions from the two break and enters are similar but not conclusive enough to say it is the same person. The description provided of the intruder is of a white male in his late teens or early 20’s, approximately 5 ft. 8 with a thin build, and wearing a dark hoodie and pants. In the Honey Drive incident, the suspect concealed the lower half of his face with a dark handkerchief and wore a dark toque, hoodie and pants.
The overwhelming majority of break and enters occur during the day with entry often being gained through unlocked doors or windows; in some cases the doors and windows are forced open. Small easily concealed items such as jewelry, cash, small electronics, and liquor are preferred. A 34 year old male has been arrested in connection with several of the reported break and enters but it is believed others are involved and have not been identified to date.
“Criminals will look for the easiest way to break into a home and will always check for unlocked entry points. Also, it is essential to report suspicious activity immediately as it is one of the best deterrents to stop crime before it happens,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
If you have information on any of these crimes, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 , or Crime Stoppers. They can be reached through their website at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637, keyword Nanaimo or calling 1-800-222-8477.
File # 2016-32902