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RCMP ask for help finding suspect who ‘tried on’ necklace at jewelry store then made a run for it

Suspect allegedly stole $5,500 necklace from Peoples Jewellers in Nanaimo
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Video surveillance footage, recently obtained by police, show a suspected jewelry thief and the vehicle with which he is associated. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who tried on a necklace at a jewelry store and then ran from the store still wearing it.

The theft happened June 27 at Peoples Jewellers at Woodgrove Centre, but RCMP issued a press release this week in an attempt to further the investigation. A suspect allegedly stole a 26-inch 14-carat gold necklace valued at approximately $5,500, according to an RCMP press release.

Video surveillance has recently been obtained of the suspect and the vehicle with which he is associated.

Employees told investigators the suspect walked into the business shortly before 1:30 p.m. and, after looking at several items, tried on a necklace and moments later ran out of the store with it around his neck.

The suspect is approximately 5-foot-5, with a slim build with dark greasy hair. He was wearing a dark medical mask, K2 stone hat, a pink sweater and grey shorts.

Video surveillance showed the suspect entering the mall and shortly after the theft, getting into the passenger side of a blue vehicle, possibly a Kia.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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Video surveillance footage, recently obtained by police, show a suspected jewelry thief and the vehicle with which he is associated. (Photo submitted)