Police arrest youth who allegedly broke into Nanaimo seniors’ home

Police arrest youth who allegedly broke into Nanaimo seniors' home

File photo.

File photo.

Nanaimo RCMP have arrested a youth in connection with several break-and-enters and a theft at a seniors’ care facility in the central part of the city on June 8.

According to police, at around 4:10 a.m., the male suspect, who was wearing a mask, allegedly broke into several parked vehicles and suites occupied by senior citizens at the facility. The incident was reported to Nanaimo RCMP in the morning when one of the residents woke up and saw someone had been in her room through the night and had rummaged through her belongings.

Video surveillance shows a masked suspect attempting to enter the building through the front doors. The suspect was not able to get into the building as the interior doors were locked. The suspect then allegedly tampered with several vehicles in the parking lot then gained access to the suites by climbing through unlocked ground level windows.  Police said several suites were entered and personal items were taken.

Police said the male youth was identified with help from the general public and he was arrested days after the incident. No charges have been formally laid and the matter is still being investigated. Since the suspect is a youth, he cannot be named.

“We felt it was prudent to advise the public of the arrest in order to lessen any lingering concerns that senior’s facilities were being targeted. Investigators believe this was an isolated incident. Having said that, it is also an excellent time for local senior’s facilities to review their existing security measures to ensure the continued safety of residents in their care,” Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officers with the Nanaimo RCMP said in a statement.


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