(Image / Tom Brenner)

Fair warning: this is one of those stories that’ll make you lose faith in humanity.

On Saturday, December 15th, a woman who was helping victims of a motor vehicle accident outside her home was devastated to discover that someone had stolen her phone while she was busy administering first aid.

Anne Marie Behan was at home listening to some Christmas music when she heard a loud crash followed by screaming outside her home at the intersection of Wakesiah Ave and Third St.

She ran outside to help the victims of a motor vehicle accident and while trying to reassure an injured male, placed her phone on the hood of one of the vehicles.

After paramedics took the injured people to the hospital, Behan realized her phone was nowhere to be found, and a thorough search of the area yielded no results.

“This was devastating to me,” said Behan. “My phone keeps me connected to my daughter and my work. I am a single mom and I just don’t have extra money for a phone.”

She tried to find her phone by using the Find My Phone app, only to find that it had been turned off. For the time being, Behan is using a loaner phone but still holds out hope that whoever stole hers will return it.

The phone is a black LG Shilo, in a mint green case with no data plan and is used to primarily text and make emergency calls.

Anyone with information about the person who took her phone is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.