Nanaimo RCMP hoping to identify vacuum thief

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The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who allegedly stole a vacuum.

The vacuum was taken from Lowe’s Home Improvement around 7 p.m. on April 7, according to a police media release. An employee told RCMP they witnessed the person run from the store without paying for the item, described as a Hoover Impulse.

The employee followed the suspect at a safe distance, but eventually lost sight of him on Rutherford Road. The suspect is described as a White male, 35-45 years-old with a beard and wearing dark clothing.

RCMP are also hoping to return a recovered e-bike to its proper owner. The bike was found during a police foot patrol of a deconstructed homeless encampment behind Galaxy Motors on April 13.

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“Several individuals at the encampment denied any knowledge of the bike or where it came from. Based on the value of the e-bike and its condition, officers seized it for safe keeping,” reads the media release. The bike is an orange Rayvolt Cruzer with a retail value of between $4000-$6000, according to RCMP.

Anyone with information on the recovered e-bike or the stolen vacuum can call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file #2022-12460 for the e-bike or #2022-11748 for the vacuum.

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