Suspect discharges bear-spray in theft incident
2023-05-17 13:40 PDT
File # 2023-15549
At approximately 4:20 AM on Wednesday May 10, 2023, the Nanaimo RCMP responded to report of a bear-spray incident and theft at the 7-11 located on Bowen Road. Police along with BCEHS responded.
Both clerks at the business were treated at scene by attending BCEHS but did not require further medical treatment. The employees told police that just minutes before, an unknown person with their face covered, had entered the business, discharged a canister of bear-spray then stole a small amount of food. The suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction of travel.
Officers along with Police Dog Services, searched for the individual but were unable to locate the suspect. CCTV footage was reviewed and the suspect is described as follows:
- Caucasian man, mid height, slim build
- Wearing a blue jacket, distinctive camo hoodie, face mask
- Carrying a blue and black backpack
If anyone has information on this incident, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.
Cst. Gary O'BrienMedia Relations Officer
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-4460 Ext. 4533
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