Public tips needed to help solve crimes

NANAIMO: RCMP seek public's help on unsolved crimes.

Nanaimo RCMP have a number of unsolved files which they hope the public can help solve.

Anyone with any information about the following crimes is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or



On Sept. 16, graffiti was found on the second level of one side of Forest Park Elementary School. The graffiti was crude in nature and several swear words and the word ‘police’ were spelled out.



On Sept. 18, a break-and-enter was reported at the Hope Lutheran church at 2174 Departure Bay Rd. A window had been removed from the rear side of the building. It  appears nothing was taken from the church.  The incident most likely happened sometime overnight.



On Sept. 19, medals were reported stolen from the St. John Ambulance building on Labieux Road. The theft was believed to have occurred sometime in the previous two weeks. The medals had been donated and consisted of the Commander in the Order of the St. John Ambulance (white cross with a black ribbon); military long service (red ribbon with gold medallion); Order of the St. John Ambulance (black ribbon with silver star); and Officer of the St. John Ambulance (four pointed star). The medals were housed in a dark wood shadow box that measured 45 by 38 centimetres.



On  Sept. 20, almost $2,000 worth of cigarettes were stolen from a truck parked at Costco. The owner of the truck told police he placed the cigarettes in his truck parked opposite the tire shop. While returning his shopping cart, he saw a silver SUV with tinted windows race away from his vehicle. One witness described the vehicle as a silver Toyota Sequoia. No description of its occupants was provided.



On Sept. 22, a Luxor electric bike was stolen from in front of the Long Lake Nursery at 4900 Island Highway. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’5”, 15-16 years of age with a Justin Bieber-style haircut. He was wearing a blue hoodie, jeans and ball cap.



On Sept. 24, someone entered a suite at 300 Holly Ave. through an open window and stole furniture, a toilet that was bolted to the floor, a vanity, thermostat and doorknob.



On Sept. 26, a Chevy Silverado parked on Nelson Road had all four of its tires slashed.  The incident occurred between 10 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.



On Sept. 28, tools were reported stolen from a cube van that was parked at Mostar Mobile mini storage at 4073 Old Slope Pl. The theft likely occurred during the day on Sept. 27.



On Sept. 29, a fire was reported at the recycling bin at the Woodgrove Centre. This is just one of many suspicious fires that have occurred within the city since Sept. 15.