A Lantzville man came face-to-face with a thief in his home Tuesday.
The house in the 7100 block of Lantzville Road was empty for less than 30 minutes when a husband and wife returned at 11:30 a.m. They parked their car in their garage and walked in the house.
The man realized he had forgotten something in the car and was returning to it when he was confronted by a thief walking out of the garage.
The suspect had grabbed the woman’s purse and upon seeing the husband, threw it at him and ran out the front door of the house.
Nanaimo RCMP attended with a tracking dog and managed to follow the suspect’s trail to the 6900 block of Jackson Road where the track stopped, possibly because the suspect got into a vehicle.
Police determined the suspect entered the home through a rear sliding glass door.
The suspect is Caucasian, in his early 20s and was wearing white shorts, a white pullover sweater and hoodie.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.