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V.I. Raiders football gear stolen from team’s locker room in Nanaimo

Culprits make off with estimated $15,000 worth of Nanaimo team’s equipment
Nanaimo RCMP are looking for practice gear and whoever stole it from the V.I. Raiders football team’s Comox Field facility. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo RCMP investigators are looking for the person or persons who stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the V.I. Raiders football team.

The theft happened sometime between 10 p.m. Sept. 14, and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15, when culprits made off with large amounts of the team’s gear valued at about $15,000.

According to an RCMP press release, the suspect or suspects forcefully entered the team’s locker room at Comox Field and stole six black Threadscape-brand duffle bags emblazoned with the V.I. Raiders logo. The bags contained 80 practice jerseys, numerous pads and footballs, and 10 new black helmets with red face cages.

“This is a significant loss to a very important Nanaimo sporting institution that has brought a lot of joy to the community,” said Const. Simon Gallimore, Nanaimo RCMP media relations officer, in the release.

Anyone with information or surveillance video related to the break-in is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file No. 2021-34968.

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