Break-in tried at Nanaimo liquor store

Police looking into possible connection between school vandalism and attempted liquor store break-in on weekend.

Nanaimo Mounties plan to release images, captured on security video footage, of three youths who tried to break into Lucky’s Liquor Store on the weekend.

The suspects attempted to force open the back door of the store, located at Country Club Centre, sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The break and enter attempt was reported to police by the store’s manager Saturday morning.

“The back door had been forced, they failed to gain entry,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

O’Brien said police are also investigating the possibility that the suspects caught on camera could be the same people responsible to vandalism committed at Uplands Park Elementary School the same night.

The school suffered about $5,000 in damage when culprits broke windows,  smeared dog feces on the school’s doors and spread garbage around the back of the school.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at