Nanaimo RCMP catch suspect in security camera theft

NANAIMO – Police catch suspect after security camera he was allegedly stealing filmed him in the act.

Video footage of a man suspected of stealing a security camera paid off with an arrest last week.

Management at the Value Lodge Motel on Nicol Street complained to police that a man stole five security cameras from the property on Dec. 12. All police had to do was watch the footage from one of the cameras to identify the suspect.

Value Lodge staff also put the suspect’s image on social media, which prompted a number of tips to the RCMP from people who all identified the same individual.

Police arrested the 33-year-old Nanaimo man Wednesday and are recommending nine charges against him that include theft, obstruction, possession of stolen property, possession of stolen credit card, possession of break and enter tools and breaking and entering.

The suspect was schedule to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Friday.

“The individual in custody was a one man crime wave and it was one our priorities to put a stop to him,” Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said in a press release. “The combined expertise from a variety of police officers culminated with his arrest and bringing his crime spree to an abrupt halt.”