(Shoplifting and assault suspect/Nanaimo RCMP)

The manager of a Nanaimo store suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries after being assaulted by a shoplifter on Saturday.

At around 5:45 p.m. on Saturday November 23rd, Nanaimo RCMP and paramedics attended the business at North Town Centre Mall for reports of an assault.

According to witness reports, the manager of the business was speaking to the suspect outside the store after observing him taking items without paying for them.

After a short period, the alleged shoplifter struck the manager with his shopping bag, which contained several bottles in it.

The suspect then fled the scene on foot and was last seen running towards Lowes.

Paramedics transported the store employee to a hospital to be treated for his head injury, before being released later that day.

(Shoplifting and assault suspect/Nanaimo RCMP)

Surveillance images of the suspect and witness accounts show him to be a slim Caucasian man, aged between 35 to 40 years old, wearing a blue jacket with white stripes on the sleeve and wearing a pale blue ball cap.

The shopping bag he used to assault the manager was bright yellow.

Anyone with information about this 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.