A Nanaimo man, Roger Hannigan, is hoping that his family’s fishing rod will be returned after thieves broke into his truck and stole several items from it last week.

On Thursday night, Nanaimo RCMP say that thieves broke into a pickup truck parked in Hannigan’s driveway on Girvin Street. The thieves swiped three fishing rods and a pair of green coloured neoprene hip waders from his vehicle, one of which was given to the owner by his father just before he died.

“Two of the rods are replaceable but the one from my Dad is not as it holds countless childhood memories for me,” Hannigan told Nanaimo RCMP.

Stock images of the fishing rod have been provided.

(Image / Nanaimo RCMP)

Hannigan says that the vehicle may have been unlocked at the time, but holds out a sliver of hope that the opportunistic thieves will return the sentimentally valuable fishing rod, which was named the “Ugly Stick”.

“Maybe the thieves will have a change of heart,” he added. “I’m not holding out hope but it sure would be nice to have it back.”

The rod is described as a Redington Path 11 Outfit Fishing Rod with a Crosswater reel. Hannigan’s father had inscribed “Ugly Stick” on the side of the handle.

Anyone with information on the stolen items is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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