Nanaimo RCMP recover stolen suitcase

NANAIMO – Suitcase stolen from car found, but memories it contained are still missing.

Nanaimo Mounties are continuing their investigation into a suitcase,  stolen from a woman’s car on Selby Street, that contained personal effects and photographs her recently deceased sister.

Investigators, acting on a tip, recovered the suitcase from the waterfront near the wharfinger’s office Wednesday, but most of its contents had been removed and the only remaining were some clothing and funeral service memorial cards.

Michelle Pearson, the victim of the theft, informed police on Thursday that she found her sister’s cellphone on her apartment building’s front steps that morning. The phone contained her sister’s voice messages and photographs.

Police still hope a blue sapphire necklace, death and cremation certificates, and printed photos will also be returned.

“Someone knows where these items are,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “Do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers or the RCMP non-emergency number.”

Anyone who knows where the missing items are, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at