Man introduced baseball bat to confront alleged pockets thieves, police say

Police on Vancouver Island are in search of assist figuring out a person and a girl suspected of stealing a 27-year-old man’s pockets. They’re additionally warning the general public to not do what he did in an obvious try and get his pockets again.

The theft in query occurred on Jan. 12, in accordance with a launch from Nanaimo RCMP, however the sufferer didn’t name the detachment immediately.


As an alternative, he monitored his bank card for fraudulent transactions. In line with police, he acquired notifications that the cardboard had been used at a Co-op retailer on Victoria Crescent on Jan. 13 and at a 7-11 in Nanaimo’s Harewood neighbourhood the next day.

After receiving that second notification, the sufferer drove to the 7-11 with a baseball bat and confronted a number of folks sitting in a automobile within the car parking zone, police mentioned.

When the automobile fled, the sufferer pursued it in his personal automobile, and knowledgeable police that the 2 suspects had been dropped off at a location not removed from the 7-11.


Officers searched the realm with a police canine and located a number of items of clothes discarded by the suspects, however didn’t discover the suspects themselves, nor their automobiles.

As of Friday, the stolen pockets and bank card had not been recovered, police mentioned.

“We don’t suggest any of the actions taken by the sufferer,” mentioned Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson Const. Gary O’Brien within the launch.


“Confronting people is just not advisable, and displaying up with a baseball bat is rarely a good suggestion,” O’Brien mentioned.

As an alternative, he beneficial victims of pockets theft contact their bank card corporations to cancel the playing cards after which name police to report the theft.

Police launched surveillance photographs of the 2 suspects, however their faces can’t be seen within the photos. They mentioned the person is white and was carrying a blue jacket with brown sleeves on the time the photographs have been taken exterior the Co-op round 11:35 p.m. on Jan. 13.


Police mentioned the girl can also be white, and might be seen within the photographs carrying a white white winter jacket with black accents and black pants.

Anybody with info on the identities of the 2 suspects is requested to name the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.