Reward tripled in search for Nanaimo home invasion suspects


WATCH: A Vancouver businessman has offered to double the $5,000 reward put up by a Nanaimo man in the effort to find three suspects wanted in connection with a violent home invasion in the Harbour City last week.

Now with two black eyes, the injuries suffered by Donnie Biggs during a home invasion early last Tuesday morning look worse today than they did last week and neither he or his wife who was also tied up are feeling any better about it either.

“It seems like it gets worse every day is how I feel, not better because I just keep thinking of one thing after another that they took of my personal property,” said Marie Biggs.

Donnie and Marie Biggs were both tied up with belts as three masked men went through their Garner Crescent home on Nov. 27, stealing jewelry, credit and bank cards and $1,500 in American cash before taking off in the couple’s Lexus.

However, it’s still a man with a gun and Donnie being assaulted that Marie can’t get out of her mind.

“The invasion is bad enough, but the fact that they assaulted my husband and they had a gun on me,” added Marie.

On Friday, family friend and Nanaimo businessman, Mike Gogo put up $5,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Now a Vancouver businessman says he’ll match that money.

“I just happened to be talking to my friend Ray Russell, he’s the founder of Fresh Slice Pizza and we were just in a conversation Friday night and I was telling him how a friend of mine had a home invasion and another friend put up $5,000 reward and he immediately offered to double it,” said Fred Wicks, a friend of the Biggs.

“I think that’s really nice some people are good, I think that’s good,” said Marie.

Friends and complete strangers are now helping to restore the couple’s faith in humanity. On Monday evening, another friend of the victims contacted GoGo and offered another $5,000 for the reward.

“There’s a whole bunch of fellas mostly from the south end here and were watching a lot of things, we’re watching what’s going on on the street and watching around the pawn shops all that sort of thing, we want this solved,” said Gogo.

Police are still hoping to speak with three men seen on video surveillance. They’re not saying when or where the image was captured.

Anyone with information is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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