Nanaimo crimes of the week roundup

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Police are looking for a suspect after a customer threw a hot beverage at a McDonald’s drive-thru staff member, who was not injured, according to RCMP.

Nanaimo RCMP said officers responded to reports of a man challenging customers to fight outside of a 7-11 around 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Man carries axe around Maffeo Sutton Park (Nanaimo file # 2020-37385) 

Officers responded to a report of an axe-wielding man walking around Maffeo Sutton Park around 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 16, RCMP said. The man was well-known to RCMP and his weapon was confiscated, police said. 

“Carrying an axe through city streets is an effective way to garner the wrong kind of attention on yourself and is right up there with our sushi thief running with chopsticks. Just don’t do it,” Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer for Nanaimo RCMP in a media release.

Mischief charges outside 7-11 (Nanaimo file # 2020-37671) 

RCMP said officers responded to reports of a man challenging customers to fight outside of a 7-11 around 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14. Store employees had repeatedly asked him to leave the premises but he refused, police said.  

“When the officers arrived, it appeared the man was readying himself for a boxing match. Using the outside windows of the business as mirrors, Rocky perfected his shadow boxing routine.” said O’Brien.

Police arrested the man for mischief and he spent the night in jail before being released the next day, according to RCMP.

Hot coffee assault (Nanaimo file # 2020-37605) 

Police are looking for a suspect after a customer threw a hot beverage at a McDonald’s drive-thru staff member, who was not injured, according to RCMP.

“It seems the customer’s drink was not quite what was ordered. Even after she was reimbursed by the manager, she walked up to the drive-thru window and then threw her hot drink at the employee inside,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer for Nanaimo RCMP in a media release. 

Only a small amount of coffee splattered on the employee, police said. The incident was captured on another customer’s vehicle dash cam and police are looking for the suspect, described as as a Caucasian woman, 35 to 45-years-old with long dark hair.

“Investigators are confident from the dash cam video and social media interest, the coffee throwing suspect will soon be identified,” said O’Brien. 

Garage break-in (Nanaimo file # 2020-37390)

Suspects broke into a garage by cutting off the lock to the side door overnight on Oct. 12, according to RCMP. They took a set of Top Flight golf clubs, a green Munro coiled floor screwdriver set with “re-creations” etched on the side, and a small Honda generator. Two inexpensive mountain bikes were also stolen from the backyard of the house, located in the 200 block of Prideaux St.

Mountain bike stolen (Nanaimo file # 2020-37301) 

A black Giant Reign mountain bike was stolen from a bike rack mounted on the rear of a truck on Oct. 11, according to RCMP. The truck was parked at the Nanaimo North Town Centre mall at the time of the theft. No serial number was provided.

If you have information on any of these crimes, RCMP ask you call its non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote the associated file number.

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