Teenage sisters bear sprayed during Nanaimo home invasion

Lost Lake Road in Nanaimo, close to where the home invasion occurred on March 14, 2022. || Photo via Google Maps.
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Two teenage sisters were treated by paramedics after being hit with bear spray during a north Nanaimo home invasion yesterday afternoon (March 14).

Both fled from the home to a nearby residence after the incident, which took place around 3 p.m. in the 5200 block of Lost Lake Road, according to an RCMP media release.

Police were on scene within minutes, but could not locate the suspect. It appears the suspect entered the home through an unlocked door, according to RCMP. 

“This was a brazen incident that took place in the middle of the afternoon. This may actually assist in the investigation as someone could have seen the suspect entering or leaving the home. Additionally, there are several vigilant block watches in the area who will obviously assist police with their investigation,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.

A hockey bag was found missing, which investigators believe was used by the suspect to carry some electronics from the home. The suspect was described as wearing a balaclava that covered much of his face and was dressed in camouflage clothing, police said.

The sisters were released to their parents after receiving care from paramedics.

Police have asked homeowners to check their vehicle dash-cam video and home security cameras from 2:30–3:30 p.m. on March 14 for anyone resembling the description of the suspect and for suspicious vehicles.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file #2022-8688.

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