Nanaimo, BC – The Nanaimo RCMP is pleased to advise that the suspect in theft of money designated for the BC Children’s Hospital was arrested on Wednesday July 12th, and is currently in custody.
The 27 year old Nanaimo man was arrested without incident by a patrol officer with the Nanaimo RCMP on several outstanding warrants from Nanaimo and Victoria. He appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court on Wednesday July 12th and will be serving 60 days jail time as a result of the existing charges.
The theft of charity money from the Brooks Landing Save On Foods is still under investigation.
The Nanaimo RCMP would like to thank the public for the numerous tips that came in through the day and night. This and information from our officers lead to the male being identified as the person believed responsible for the theft. Unfortunately though the stolen money was not recovered, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a male who allegedly stole a donations jar designated for the BC Children’s hospital. The theft took place at the Save On Foods, Brooks Landing location and occurred on Tuesday July 11th at approximately 3:10 pm.
The 10 litre container with several hundred dollars of coins was kept at the service desk and when employees realized the jug was missing, store video surveillance was reviewed. The video clearly showed the suspect walking up to the service desk, picking up the jug then walking down a nearby aisle with it. He then stuffed the jug into a duffel bag he was carrying, took off his shirt and put on an orange t-shirt. He then walked out of the store.
“The suspect is a white male, approximately 30-35 years old, with short hair wearing a baseball cap. He was last seen leaving the store wearing an orange t-shirt and knee length black shorts. Our staff is devastated to think someone would steal money donated for sick children. We have supported the BC Children’s hospital for years and we just hope the person responsible does the right thing and returns the money,” said David Malik, Store Manager at Brooks Landing Save On Foods.
If anyone has information on the identify of the suspect, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.naanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.