Nanaimo RCMP are searching for a man who stole a bike from a 9-year-old boy on Saturday.

According to a release, the incident occurred around 5 pm.

12-year-old Wyatt Snikkers and his 9-year-old brother Ewan were standing outside the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre when an unknown man approached and asked for the time.

The man then said, “time to steal your bike” and then threatened to punch the 9-year-old before taking his bike and riding off.

“He was very upset, and the male pretended to punch him in the face and that made it even worse. The kids didn’t know what to do,” said Constable Gary O’Brien.

Police have surveillance footage of the suspect. He’s described as white, about 25 to 35-years-old, 5’6″ tall with a thin build and short blond hair. He was wearing a black jacket, light coloured blue jeans, beige Timberland boots, and sunglasses with white rims.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS.

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