Porch pirates strike again, this time in Nanaimo – CAUGHT ON CAMERA – ARRESTED

Nanaimo, BC – Less than four days after various home delivered parcels were stolen, a 31-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man have been arrested. Their arrest occurred at approximately 3 PM on Sunday December 13, 2020 on Milton St in Nanaimo.

Investigators received two reports on December 9th of stolen parcels. The first occurred at 10:45 AM on December 9th, from a home on Latimer Road. Less than one hour later, a parcel was stolen from a residence on Howard Ave. Investigators also managed to connect the two suspects to a parcel theft that occurred on November 3rd, from a home on Rosstown Road.

Utilizing home security footage from all three thefts, intelligence gathered by investigators and tips provided by the general public, two suspects were identified. During the vehicle stop, the Nanaimo man was arrested for Theft under $5000 x 3 and the woman, also from Nanaimo and of no fixed address, was arrested for Theft under $5000 x 2. A search of the male found a collapsible baton and a small amount of illegal drugs. Charges are pending for possessing the baton and drugs. Furthermore, the man was served with a 5 month driving prohibition as his license had been suspended, and his drivers license was seized.

The vehicle, that was registered to the man, was searched, and a number of pieces of mail, suspected of being stolen, were seized. The mail will be examined and if determined to be stolen, more charges could be pursued. No Amazon parcels were located in the vehicle.

Both suspects were served with release documents and released from custody later that same day. They were issued with court dates for March of 2021, in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

“This was an excellent aggressive investigation which utilized various means to gather pertinent information. The public and media were very helpful as a number of tips were received that helped move the investigation along,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

BACKGROUND

Nanaimo, BC – The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the woman, shown in the attached video, who allegedly stole a parcel from the front door of a home. The incident occurred at 10:46 AM on Wednesday December 9, 2020 from a home in central Nanaimo. The location of the theft is not being released to protect the identity of the home owners.

The homeowner told police he and his wife were expecting a parcel to be delivered that day from Amazon, which contained generic household items. It was being dropped off by a local courier company that they have used many times before. At 9:30 AM, they received a notification on their home security system that the parcel had been delivered. He then received another notification at 10:46 that the parcel had been picked up. A quick check of their notifications showed the unknown female taking the parcel and leaving with it.

Nanaimo Porch Pirate on Camera
(RCMP) Nanaimo Porch Pirate on Camera

The suspect female has long blonde hair, is 30-35 years old and was a passenger in a small blue 4 door vehicle, which she appeared to have arrived in.

“These incidents are expected to increase throughout the Holiday Season. Don’t become a victim and use some basic rules around home deliveries,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Do not have parcels delivered to your home when you are not present. Arrange to have them either delivered to your work place, left at the mailing depot or dropped off at trusted friends place or neighbours home. You may also consider investing in a lock box for secure parcel delivery.

If you have information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-43981.

File # 2020-43981

Nanaimo RCMP



Please help by "sharing" our reports on your social media accounts.

Comment using Facebook

comments. Please post your comment below. - No racism, swearing or nasty language please! All comments are moderated by APR staff.