(Image / Tom Brenner)

Nanaimo RCMP has issued a public apology for sharing the photo of an innocent man while searching for a suspected thief.

On October 25th, RCMP posted a photo of a man who they believed was suspected of stealing from a local hardware store.

However since then, the man in the photo came forward and spoke to police, who determined that he was innocent and had been incorrectly identified.

“The Nanaimo RCMP apologises for any inconvenience or embarrassment this may have caused…,” stated Sgt. Jon Stuart.

Police also ask that the photo be removed from any online media.