Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a masked suspect believed to have been involved in several break-and-enters at a seniors’ care facility on Friday.
According to police, at around 4:10 a.m., the suspect 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 broke into several vehicles in the parking lot then gained access to the suites by climbing through unlocked ground level windows. Police said it is not known at this time what was taken but the suspect may have stolen a small amount of costume jewelry.
Police said the suspect was a man and he was wearing a dark-coloured balaclava, which covered his face. He was also wearing a dark clothing and a black hoodie, with white lettering on the front. His left hand was covered in a cast, and his pinky finger and his ring finger were also wrapped in a bandage.
Police said they are not releasing the name or the exact location of the care facility due to privacy and safety reasons. Staff at the facility are reviewing their security features and are working with residents to ensure ground level windows are kept locked at all times.
Anyone with information on the break-and-enters is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.