Police in Nanaimo are looking for suspects who stole rare Louisville Slugger and B45 baseball bats from a sporting goods store Wednesday. Photo Submitted

Rare baseball bats stolen from Nanaimo sporting goods store

Special edition wooden baseball bats stolen during break-in at Kirby’s Source for Sports.

Police hope to track down thieves that stole rare wooden baseball bats from a Nanaimo sporting goods store.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, just before 5 a.m. Wednesday, Kirby’s Source for Sports store on Bowen Road was broken into and a number of unique wooden baseball bats were stolen.

Officers who responded to an alarm at the business found the front door smashed in and a crowbar lying nearby.

A property representative attended and told investigators nine wooden bats were missing. Six of the bats were B45’s and three others were Louisville Sluggers. Eight bright red and four black Under Armour football receiver gloves were also taken.

“There are only 20 B45 wooden bats in all of British Columbia,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman in a press release. “More expensive bats and items were not taken so it is likely the thieves grabbed what they could and left with an arm load of bats and gloves.”

O’Brien went on to say this is the first break-in to the business since 2013.

Anyone with information about this crime, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

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