A photo, provided by Nanaimo RCMP, illustrates the type and brand of fishing rod a theft victim hopes will be returned. The fishing rod was a gift from his deceased father. Photo submitted

Nanaimo man has fishing rod and fishing memories stolen

Man hopes deceased father’s fishing rod, taken during vehicle break-in, will be returned

A Nanaimo man has put out a plea to the public in hopes of having his father’s stolen fishing rod returned.

Roger Hannigan left three fishing rods in his pickup truck when he parked it in the driveway of his home on Girvin Street, March 7, but they were gone the following morning. One of the rods, given to him by his father just before he died, was the only keepsake he had from his dad.

According to a Nanaimo RCMP press release, Hannigan admitted he might have forgotten to lock the vehicle, but thieves nevertheless took advantage of the easy access to the vehicle.

“Two of the rods are replaceable, but the one from my dad is not as it holds countless childhood memories for me … Maybe the thieves will have a change of heart. I’m not holding out hope, but it sure would be nice to have it back,” Hannigan said in the news release.

The fishing rod from Hannigan’s father is an Ugly Stik and bears the brand name lettering on its handle. One of the other fishing rods taken is a Redington Path II Outfit fishing rod with a Crosswater reel. Also taken was a pair of green neoprene hip waders.

Anyone with information about the stolen items is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.

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