(Surveillance image of Dustin Sean Williams/Nanaimo RCMP)

Nanaimo RCMP are seeking public assistance in identifying a suspect who allegedly stole $20,000 worth of high end rings.

The theft occurred at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10th at Mappins Jewellers located in the Woodgrove Centre.

Police attended the scene but could not find the suspect, who was last seen entering The Bay, at the south end of the mall.

According to employees at the jewelry store, the suspect walked in and asked to see a variety of rings. After expressing interest and handling them for a while, he suddenly turned around and ran out the door with four rings.

The stolen rings are described as the following:

  • yellow 14 KT gold band
  • 1 KT round diamond
  • 1 white 14 KT gold band
  • 1.52 KT round diamond

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his late 20s with black hair and sporting a goatee.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a black zip up sweatshirt with writing on the left side and black baggy pants. The clerk noted that the suspect’s hands were cracked and dirty, with black smudges in many of the cracks.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.

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