Unsolved Crimes of the Week: August 21st – 31st
Nanaimo File #27844 – On Sunday, August 21st, Nanaimo RCMP was called to a local park to resolve a dispute regarding the use of a drone. An adult male was flying a drone in the park and then proceeded to fly over nearby residential properties. The drone was equipped with a camera and was being flown around the windows of the residences. Members of the public are reminded to educate themselves regarding the legal and ethical obligations relating to the operation of drones.
Nanaimo File #2016-28729 – On Thursday, August 25th, Nanaimo RCMP received a complaint of a potential online fraud. The complainant saw an online add from a foreign steel manufacturer looking for a marketing representative in Canada. The complainant responded to the ad and was informed that they would receive a substantial check in the mail, and was directed to deposit the check and then transfer most of the money to another company. The documents were brought to the RCMP and were determined to be fraudulent. Members of the public should be cautious when responding to such online ads and avoid disclosing personal information. If it’s seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Nanaimo File #2016-28360 – On Thursday, August 25th, Nanaimo RCMP received a complaint regarding a theft of equipment. Items stolen were one Stihl chainsaw and 3 Stihl lawn trimmers (one of which is a model FF-90B). Members of the public are asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency number with any information. Nanaimo RCMP would like to remind members of the free CPIC online service when. Vehicles and property can be queried by VIN and/or serial numbers to see if they have been reported stolen.
Nanaimo File #2016-28410 – On Friday, August 26th, Nanaimo RCMP received a complaint of an online fraud. The complainant received a notice on their computer warning of a virus and requesting they call a phone number. The complainant called the phone number and was asked to provide credit card information, which they did. The complainant subsequently incurred fraudulent charges to their credit card. Members of the public are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website to stay apprised of trending fraud scams.
Nanaimo File #2016-28726 – Nanaimo RCMP received a complaint of a stolen mountain bike. Described as a men’s brown 27 speed Diamond Back, with black rims and handlebars and a GoPro mount on the frame. Members of the public are reminded to utilize a quality bike lock such as a “U Lock” whenever the bike is unattended. Nanaimo RCMP also endorses Project 529, a free digital bike registration service.