Nanaimo Block Watch tracks down stolen truck

Nanaimo RCMP Identification Unit members are examining a pickup truck for clues to who might have taken it thanks to a sharp-eyed Block Watch member.

Nanaimo RCMP are examining a pickup truck for clues to who might have taken it thanks to a sharp-eyed Block Watch member.

The Ford F-150 was found Thursday by a keen-eyed member of the Opal Drive Block Watch. The truck belonged to his neighbour and was stolen from his driveway Saturday.

Block Watch members were alerted to the theft through an e-mail fan out system used to notify them of crimes and suspicious occurrences in their areas and to provide descriptions of suspects and stolen items.

The man discovered the truck Thursday and called police after he found it in a secluded area off Rock City Road with its back window smashed out.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said it is an example of how Block Watch works as a proven crime prevention and deterrence program. The key was having the crime reported to the police and to Block Watch members.

For more information about the Block Watch program, please visit the organization’s website at www.blockwatch.com.