Nanaimo family seeks return of ashes stolen during home break-in

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

No. 2013-32540 Sometime between Dec. 6-9 a building adjacent to Laird Wheaton Pontiac was broken into and several thousand dollars’ worth of high-end tires and rims were stolen.

No. 2013-33313 On Dec. 18 at approximately 2 a.m., a man and woman were awoken to find an intruder inside their Meredith Street home. The home is located in the 2100 block. The suspect confronted the man and produced a knife before running out of the home and over a back fence. Prior to the confrontation the home was ransacked and items were taken. The suspect is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10 with short dark cropped hair. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and black gloves.

No. 2013-33837 On Dec. 23, a home located in the 2200 block of Highland Boulevard was broken into. Taken were passports,  an iPad  and  jewelry. Also taken was a small,  unfinished pine box containing the ashes of a deceased parent. The box was wrapped in a forest green plastic bag, which read  “Clayton’s Crematorium.” Also taken was a gold chain and locket shaped like a heart. The chain was given to one of the homeowners from her late father in 1984. Engraved on the back of the heart is “Tracie Love Dad 84.”

No. 2013-33988 Sometime between 3-4:30 a.m. on Dec. 25 the 7-Eleven, located at 2875 Departure Bay Rd., was broken into. Surveillance video showed two males wearing black pants and black hoodies inside the store. The thieves attempted to break into the ATM but were unsuccessful. They then took several hundred dollars in lotto tickets before leaving.

No. 2013-34394 On Dec. 30 a storage locker located at 555 Franklyn St. was broken into. It is believed the theft occurred within the last three weeks. Taken was a Jeenyus snowboard, bindings, boots and hockey gear, including Nike skates. Ten other lockers had also been broken into.

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