Nanaimo RCMP is looking for two people who allegedly used a stolen credit card to make purchases at convenience stores and were also chased by the credit card’s owner, who confronted them with a baseball bat. (Photo submitted)

Theft victim confronts suspects with baseball bat on Vancouver Island

RCMP in Nanaimo seek to identify of two people alleged to have used a stolen credit card

Police on Vancouver Island hope people can identify two suspects alleged to have made purchases with a stolen credit card and were chased by the credit card’s owner, who was armed with a baseball bat.

According to an Nanaimo RCMP press release, the 27-year-old victim told investigators his wallet had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle last Sunday and that he did not report the theft, but was monitoring for fraudulent transactions. On Monday, his credit card company notified him the card had been used in a transaction at the Co-op on Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo and again on Tuesday at the 7-Eleven in the Harewood area of Nanaimo.

The victim drove to the 7-Eleven with a baseball bat and, after speaking with an employee, confronted several people sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot, the press release said. The vehicle fled with the victim in close pursuit.

The victim told police the two suspects were dropped off nearby, to where an RCMP police dog service team was dispatched and located several pieces of clothing discarded by the suspects, according to the press release. The suspects and the vehicle, however, were not located.

READ ALSO: Liquor store clerk bruised, traumatized after armed robbery

Since then, investigators have obtained a photo of the suspects from video surveillance footage taken Monday night at the Co-op.

According to the press release, the male suspect is said to be Caucasian and was wearing a blue jacket with brown sleeves. The female suspect is also Caucasian and was wearing a white winter jacket with black accents and black pants.

The stolen wallet and credit card have not been recovered.

“We do not recommend any of the actions taken by the victim,” Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said in the press release. “If your wallet is stolen and it contains credit cards, you should always call your credit card company to cancel them and call the police to report the theft. Secondly, confronting individuals is not advisable, and showing up with a baseball bat is never a good idea.”

Anyone with information about the identify of the two suspects is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.



photos@nanaimobulletin.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

Shawnigan Lake’s Kubica gets 25 to life for murder in California

Former Shawnigan Lake man convicted of killing woman in 1990

Who’s running in Cowichan?

A list of Cowichan candidates for the upcoming provincial election

Police seek help in naming Cowichan farmstand theft suspect

Video captured man prying cash box out stand on Norcross Road

Duration of Tour de Rock stop in Chemainus much shorter than usual

Four alumni riders don’t get to come for breakfast in COVID year

New program helps pregnant women and new mothers using drugs in Cowichan

The Healthy Care Pregnancy Program pairs a registered social worker or nurse with a pregnant woman

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

Liberals seek to fast track new COVID-19 aid bill after CERB expires

Government secured NDP support for legislation by hiking amount of benefits by $100 to $500 per week

B.C. VOTES 2020: Echoes of HST in B.C. debate over sales tax

Cannabis, tobacco, luxury cars still taxed in B.C. Liberal plan

She warned her son about toxic drugs, then he was dead

Donna Bridgman’s son died at the age of 38 in Vancouver

B.C. food and beverage producers set record sales in 2019

Farmed salmon again leads international exports

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Pedestrian dies in motor vehicle incident along the highway near Nanaimo Airport

Police investigating scene where 37-year-old woman from Nanaimo died

Most Read