Photo courtesy Nanaimo RCMP.

Photo courtesy Nanaimo RCMP.

Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s help to identify a male suspect who allegedly stole four rings worth almost $20,000.

A photo of the suspect was included in a release from police Friday morning.

RCMP say the theft happened around 5 p.m. Apr. 10 at Mappins Jewellers at the Woodgrove Centre, but the suspect male was not located by responding officers.

The stolen rings are described as:

  •  yellow 14 KT gold band
  •  1 KT round diamond
  •  1 white 14 KT gold band
  •  1.52 KT round diamond
Store employees told investigators the male walked into the business and asked to see a variety of rings.

Police say he reportedly showed interest and after handling them for several minutes, he suddenly turned and ran out the front door.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his late 20s with black hair and he had a goatee.

RCMP say he was wearing a black zip-up sweater with writing on the left side and black baggy pants.

A store clerk also noted the suspect’s hands were cracked and dirty, with black smudges in many of the cracks.

If you have any information on the incident or the identity of the suspect, you are asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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