Unsolved Crimes and Various Scams in Nanaimo, B.C.

Nanaimo, BC – The following incidents remain unsolved and have occurred over past 4 weeks. If you have any information on these incidents, please contact the non-emergency line of the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers.

Nanaimo file # 2017-12994 On May 1st, a local man reported receiving a phone call from 1-800-410-0665 where the caller stated he was working with “Cyber Crime. The unidentified caller said the local man’s email had been identified as sending threatening letters and child pornography. Before the caller could solicit him for personal information or cash, the local man ended the phone call. The investigator later called the phone number provided and after 20 rings the line went dead.

Nanaimo file # 2017-14989 On Friday May 19th, a male reported purchasing a large TV Projector from 2 males who were selling them from the back of a Ford mini-van, parked in the parking lot of Dickinson Crossing. The two “salesmen” told the buyer they recently sold several TV’s to local north end businesses and had some remaining stock they wanted to off load. They stated the TV was valued at $5200 but would sell it for $800. This transaction had all the ear marks of a scam. Remember- If it appears too good to be true, it’s probably not true.

Nanaimo file # 2017-16487 Sometime overnight on Tuesday May 30th, trucks parked at Low Tide Trucking on Tenth St were broken into. Thieves entered the lot by cutting through the chain link fence, and then broke off locks to the trucks. After removing the locks thieves rummaged through gifts and donated items which were to be delivered to deserving families in Nanaimo. Bad karma!

Nanaimo file # 2017-17517 On Tuesday June 6th, a white women’s purse was turned into the Nanaimo RCMP Detachment. Inside the purse was a unique looking snow globe. To date the purse and its contents have not been claimed.

Nanaimo file # 2017-18031 On Saturday June 10th, a substantial amount of jewelry was stolen from a home located in the 1600 block of Dufferin Crescent. The owner told police she left home between 8: 15 am and 8:30 am to walk her dog. She did not realize the theft had occurred until later that afternoon. Taken was a credit card, cigarettes and upwards of $40,000 in jewelry. The jewelry was kept in a red leather purse which was also taken. It is believed the home was entered through an unlocked door with the suspect(s) leaving through the same.

Nanaimo file # 2017-18252 On Monday June 12th, an 18 year old Nanaimo resident reported to the Nanaimo RCMP he had been contacted by the “IRS” who informed him he owed $5000 in back taxes. He was told he could eliminate his debt by purchasing itunes gift cards. He was directed and to and sent a money wire transfer of $1500 of itunes cards. He was in the process of sending another $3500 when he was stopped by an alert employee of a local grocery chain. fI you receive a phone from someone asking you to purchase itunes gift cards please remember this- it’s a scam, it’s a scam and it’s a scam. In this particular case the victim was told the caller was from the IRS. The IRS only has jurisdiction in the United States of America. In Canada only the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) is authorized to contact you concerning taxation issues; they are also not in the business of purchasing itunes cards. They will NEVER threaten you and will only contact you by mail Remember one more thing- please share this information with one other person.

Nanaimo file # 2017-18223 Sometime overnight on Monday June 12th, a black leafblower and 2 metal planters were taken from the backyard at 25 Maki Road. It is believed an unknown person residing in the trailer park may be responsible.

Nanaimo file # 2017-18572 On Wednesday June 14th, a set of golf clubs was taken from a vehicle parked at Port Place Mall. Later that same day a south Asian male attempted to pawn the clubs at a local Pawn shop but was refused, and left with them. The bag containing the clubs is grey and black. The clubs were assorted, consisting of Mizuno irons, Taylor driver, Odyssey putter and a Burner pitching wedge.

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