Two break-ins at John Barsby Secondary School

NANAIMO – Sports equipment tossed around and a computer smashed in two break-ins to a Nanaimo high school.

Police in Nanaimo are turning to the public to help track down the people responsible for break-ins and vandalism at John Barsby Secondary School.

The most recent break-in was discovered by security personnel Tuesday at about 3:20 a.m.

Those responsible got in by breaking a window on the west side of the school.

“The glass had been pulled out of the frame and they found a blue chair outside on the ground, which probably allowed them to crawl into the building,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

The culprits went into a classroom and smashed a computer monitor and a computer tower was taken apart and smashed as well.

“It doesn’t appear anything was taken,” O’Brien said. “It looks like it’s just malicious damage.”

Police are looking for a link between that incident and a July 9 break-in at the school when someone pried open a door on the south side of the building, entered the gymnasium and threw hockey equipment around. Nothing appears to have been stolen in that incident either.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at