Nanaimo jewelry store robbed

Rings worth thousands of dollars taken in shopping mall jewellery store robbery.

Ben Moss Jewellers in Woodgrove Centre lost several rings, worth thousands of dollars, in a robbery Monday.

The robbery happened about 8 p.m. when a man entered the store and asked a clerk to show him some rings.

When the rings were brought out of a display case, the suspect alluded to having a handgun, put the rings in his pocket and calmly walked out of the store.

Mounties say he then ran out of the mall, chased by an employee who saw him get into an older model, white flatbed truck, which sped off, followed by a black Geo Tracker SUV.

Police describe the suspect as Caucasian, 5’7″ with a medium build. He wore a grayish-blue toque and a shiny blue track suit with a zipper in the front. He also wore gloves and was carrying a black bag.

Police found the truck abandoned near the large “Welcome to Nanaimo” sign on the Island Highway north of Woodgrove Centre.

The stolen rings are white gold with solitaire diamond settings.

Police said no handgun was actually produced during the robbery.

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.