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Rash of school break ins

In the past month 14 Nanaimo based schools have been broken into and numerous items have been stolen.

In the past month 14 break and enters have been committed at local schools, ranging from Ecole North Oyster to Ecole Hammond Bay. John Barsby High School alone has been broken into 4 times. Overall, thieves have made off with computers, projectors, musical equipment and various other small items.

The most recent break in was reported overnight on Thursday June 2nd, at Ecole Hammond Bay.  At this time, it is unknown if anything was taken. The schools affected are:

Elementary schools - North Oyster, Georgia Ave, Pauline Haarer, Park Ave, Mountain View, Cilaire, Departure Bay, Forest Park, Brechin, Uplands, Hammond Bay

Secondary Schools- John Barsby, Woodlands, Wellington

Many of the break ins have occurred late at night and have involved either a door or window being pried open.  In one break and enter, surveillance video captured an outline of a vehicle and in another, a bicycle but no description could be obtained.

We are asking for the public's assistance in helping us identify those responsible.  Residents living near schools should also be vigilant in reporting any persons or vehicles seen on or near school property late at night, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


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