NEWS file photo

Thieves steal everything in sight – even men’s underwear – from Bowser home

Break-in took place between while owners were on vacation

Approximately $100,000 worth of items have been reported stolen from a Bowser home between Jan. 9 and Jan. 26, while the owners were on vacation.

Darrell McKay, owner of the Crosley Road home, said he was on vacation in Costa Rica when the thefts occurred.

Among the items stolen from a very lengthy list include cameras, lenses, four Kona mountain bikes, a 27-inch iMac, Macbook Pro, iPad, portable hard drives, Garmin Fenix watch, a tent, fishing rods, wetsuits, Gortex shell jackets, a camping stove, chainsaw and more.

“They stole food, they stole steaks from the freezer, I’ve got a pretty extensive list,” McKay said. “My house is really small and open and it was really easy to access everything.”

RELATED: Support pours in for Bowser couple whose home was destroyed by massive blaze

Also among the list of items stolen were all of McKay’s underwear.

Most devastating for McKay was the fact that items belonging to his recently deceased father were stolen as well.

“My dad just died, they stole all of his coin collections, they stole all of his memorabilia and they stole his walking cane,” he said.

Another disturbing thing that McKay found was the placement of two backpacks on a heater in the home with the heat turned to high.

“They tore my medicine cabinet mirror off the wall and just threw stuff all over the place… and I turned around and I looked and noticed it was really hot in there and the only two backpacks they left, they stacked tightly against the heater and cranked the heat up.”

McKay was supposed to take another trip to Africa to take photos for a non-profit foundation in mid-February but has since cancelled.

“All my camera gear is gone, all my lenses, everything is gone. My insurance is going to cover that but I’m not mentally fit to go and take a trip,” McKay said.

Sgt. Stephen Rose with the Oceanside RCMP said they are investigating.

karly.blats@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lacrosse season isn’t far off in Nanaimo

Nanaimo District Minor Lacrosse is eager to get players registered

RDN looking at upgrading or relocating Woodgrove transit exchange

Current bus loop at north Nanaimo mall at capacity, says staff report

Theatre production brings Inuit creation myths to the stage in Nanaimo

‘Unikkaaqtuat’ combines music, illustrations and circus arts

City of Nanaimo announces hiring of new senior manager

Shelley Legin hired as the city’s general manager of corporate services

Nanaimo’s winter weather in pictures

Slideshow of photos and videos taken during this week’s snowfall

Beefs & Bouquets, Jan. 16

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

UPDATE: Supreme Court dismisses B.C.’s appeal in Trans Mountain pipeline case

Judges decide whether B.C.’s power to protect environment can include impeding a federal project

Island winter storms good news for Mount Washington

The resort received 46cm within the last 24 hours, for a total snowbase of 130 cm.

10 B.C. cities break temperature records in winter storm

Quesnel dipped to -41.9 C, breaking a record from 1916

Vancouver Island child struck, pinned under SUV while sledding

Boy suffers serious injuries, no charges laid in incident

Special prosecutor to review Cranbrook toddler drowning case

Evidence disclosure at issue in the case of a woman sentenced for criminal negligence causing death

Unprepared for chemistry test, B.C. student begs superintendent to call another snow day

The student from West Vancouver promised he would study more, but was distracted by skiing and hot chocolate

Most Read