The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance locating a large emergency generator stolen from Nanaimo Lifeline, a service owned and operated by the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.
Unknown suspects detached the large Generac brand generator from the property sometime between Jan. 2 and Jan. 4. Given the size of the generator, a large vehicle and at least several individuals would have been required to remove the device, according to a Nanaimo RCMP media release.
The stolen generator provides backup emergency service for Nanaimo Lifeline (1801 Bowen Road), who have been providing a personal emergency response service to residents of central Vancouver Island for 34 years. The service provide buttons to seniors and medically at risk persons to summon help in the event of an emergency.
“This crime appears to have taken place in plain view of the public and would have taken some time to complete, due to size and weight of the generator. As the owner/operator of this device is an essential health service, it is incredibly important that this item be located and put back into use for the well-being of the community,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.
Anyone with information on the generator’s location can call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file #2022-312.