Some of the crimes in Oceanside this month were relatively minor in nature, but one, in particular, could be considered sacrilegious.
A thief or thieves stole a statue of St. Francis from a residence on Prestwick Place in Parksville on Nov. 6, according to an Oceanside RCMP press release. The statue was about a metre tall and bronze-coloured.
There were other thefts from residences in the region later in the week, with a motor, generator, chainsaw and tool chest stolen from a property on Station Road in Coombs on Nov. 8 and a battery taken from a scooter parked on Morison Avenue in Parksville on Nov. 9.
Oceanside RCMP reported receiving 259 complaints the week of Nov. 3-9.
Also during that week, a vehicle was stolen from a business on Stanford Avenue East on Nov. 4, later recovered by RCMP in Campbell River. On Nov. 7, there was a break-in at a business on the Alberni Highway in Parksville and a safe containing cash was stolen.
If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you have information regarding an incident, phone the Oceanside RCMP non-emergency number at 250-248-6111 during regular office hours. Outside of business hours, phone 250-248-6111 extension 7, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
For past coverage of unsolved crimes in Nanaimo, click here.