Thieves target central Nanaimo houses

RCMP are warning residents in central Nanaimo to lock their doors and windows and be aware of strangers in the neighbourhood following a rash of break and enters.

RCMP are warning residents in central Nanaimo to lock their doors and windows and be aware of strangers  in the neighbourhood.

Seven break-ins on Townsite Road, Pryde Avenue and Rosehill, Cadogan and Hunter streets were reported since July 1.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said some of the break-ins occurred in the afternoon with thieves entering through backyards and open windows.

“We’re probably talking young males between the ages of 14 and 17 who might blend in with the surroundings,” he said. “They’re being quite brazen about it, showing a lot of confidence. Residents have to be extremely wary of people in the neighbourhood who stand out.”

Small items including jewelry and cash appear to be targeted.

“They’re not taking any big, bulky items so these are kids are probably on bikes or on foot carrying backpacks,” said O’Brien. “When you get a rash of these incidents, it’s generally the same people working an area.”

O’Brien said anyone seeing a suspicious person in their neighbourhood should report it to police, or at least monitor it.

“Make a note of the person and when you saw them. Watch to see where they go and share this information with your neighbours,” he said. “It might be nothing, or it might be the piece of information police need to catch those responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.