Nanaimo RCMP Arrest Two Suspects Charged with Stealing Dozens of Hockey Jerseys from Sporting Goods Store


Nanaimo RCMP arrested two men on charges of stealing more than 70 items, including nearly three dozen NHL hockey jerseys, from a sporting goods store early Friday.

Nanaimo RCMP arrested two men on charges of stealing more than 70 items, including nearly three dozen NHL hockey jerseys, from a sporting goods store early Friday.

Surveillance cameras from Kirby’s Source for Sports on Bowen Road caught a man entering the store twice around 2:30 a.m. and grabbing so many jerseys, then loading them into a waiting pickup.

The man left in the truck heading south on Bowen Road.

About an hour later, officers spotted the suspicious vehicle heading north on Terminal Avenue and stopped it. The suspect and the stolen shirts were inside.

Officers arrested a 48-year-old man with no fixed address, who faces one count of break and enter, and the 40-year-old driver, also without a fixed address, who faces a charge of possession of stolen goods.

Both men were released from police custody with a February 22 court date in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

Store manager Zack Gilbey was “ecstatic” after learning the jerseys had been recovered, police said.

“We were hoping for a huge financial loss to replace these items. We are so relieved and grateful to have them all collected and for the quick and efficient response from the officers involved, ”said Gilbey.