Video surveillance leads to arrest of alleged phone thief

Suspect located close to scene of the alleged crime at a Nanaimo hotel

Nanaimo RCMP reviewed video surveillance footage and quickly arrested a suspect in a phone theft at a downtown hotel.

According to a Crime Stoppers report provided by Nanaimo RCMP, police responded to an incident Nov. 19 when a woman reported that a man had taken her cellphone and left the hotel.

“Video surveillance showed a male, dressed all in black with a big beard, carrying a guitar case leaving with her phone. Less than one hour later and nearby, a male dressed all in black, with a big beard and carrying a guitar case was located and arrested with the stolen phone. It doesn’t get much easier than that,” the report noted.

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