Civilians nab Break and Enter suspect in Nanaimo

Nanaimo, BC – At approximately 3:30 pm on Tuesday December 4th police received a call from a female who reported her home on Marisa St had just been broken into and that the suspect was making a run for it. The caller later told police she had some added incentive to nab the suspect as the suspect not only stole her electronics, but also made off with a backpack which contained a school paper worth fifty percent of her final mark. Before police could arrive on scene, the caller and her common in law partner cornered the suspect on a nearby street and were holding her on the ground. Officers soon arrived and arrested a 28-year female for Break and Enter, and theft.

Officers located all the stolen items on the suspect including the school paper. The female suspect was then transported to the Nanaimo detachment where she was held in custody overnight and was expected to make an appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court on Wednesday December 5th.

While struggling with the suspect, the 34-year female complainant and 38-year-old male both sustained some minor bumps, bruises and lacerations. At one point during the struggle the suspect spit at the complainant then picked up a rock and struck her in the head.

Break and Enter
File Photo – Break and Enter

Good on these two for doing what they did. We would however be remiss to not point out they could have been seriously harmed during the struggle. We never advocate anyone getting into a physical altercation with a suspect. Officers were responding and if they had simply followed the suspect at a safe distance and provided updates, the outcome would have been the same. We are glad though she got her final paper back in one piece, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

File # 2018-44533

Nanaimo RCMP

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