Police require tips on unsolved crimes
Nanaimo RCMP have a number of unsolved files which they hope the public can help solve.
Anyone with any information about the following crimes is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.
On Jan. 17, a home in the 1400 block of Bush Street was broken into. The rear door was kicked in. One Acer and two Toshiba laptop computers were stolen. Police inquiries resulted in a description of two skinny, tall Caucasian males. One was wearing a black jacket and white hoodie while the other wore a dark blue hoodie. Both were in their early 20s and were seen carrying a duffel bag.
On Jan. 18, the front tire on a 1999 grey Buick Century parked at 76 Pryde Avenue was slashed, and a piece of the tire cut off.
Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 and 8 a.m. Jan. 20, a green Honda ATV, locked in a shed at 2300 Godfrey Road, was stolen.
On Jan. 19 at 1:17 a.m., fire crews responded to the Harry Whipper playing fields off of Hammond Bay Road for a soccer net that had been set on fire. A witness said six unidentified youths were seen running away just before fire crews attended. The youths were seen running south bound along a foot path that runs next to the playing fields.
On Jan. 20 at 1 a.m., a small fire and several broken windows was reported at Uplands Park Elementary School, on Stronach Avenue. When fire crews arrived, they found a real estate sign burned and two broken windows in a classroom that faces the courtyard in the rear of the building.
On Jan. 20, a Minn Kota electric outboard was stolen from a property in the 1500 block of Wilson Road. The motor is black with yellow lettering.
Several home owners in Nanaimo have been receiving a cheque and joining instructions from Engine Control Systems Limited for employment as a mystery shopper. The cheque and letter are well written and appear on first glance to be legitimate. The fraud begins when the recipient of the cheque notes that the amount they are being paid is for much more than they would make for the employment period. Only when the recipient deposits the cheque and sends the extra money back do they realize the cheque is a fraud and they have been scammed and they are out of pocket for the extra money.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person responsible for these crimes.