baseball bat fraudsters
Photo via Nanaimo RCMP

Just to be clear — the Nanaimo RCMP do not recommend investigating your own credit card theft with a baseball bat in hand.

But that’s what one man did on Wednesday, January 14th, after his wallet had been stolen from his car earlier that week.

The man, aged 27, did not report the theft, but monitored the card for fraudulent transactions. On January 14th, he received a notification that his credit card had been recently used at the 7-11 in Harewood. 

He drove to the 7-11 with a baseball bat, and, after speaking with an employee, confronted three people sitting in a vehicle parked in the parking lot. 

The suspects fled in the vehicle, closely followed by the victim. The driver of the car briefly stopped to allow two passengers to get out, before continuing to flee.. 

After being alerted to the incident, an RCMP K9 unit attended the location where the two suspects had escaped on foot. Despite locating several pieces of clothing, neither of them were found. 

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Photos of the suspects

Investigators have obtained a photo of the two suspects outside the Victoria Crescent Co-op, where a fraudulent purchase happened on January 13th at approximately 11:30 p.m. 

The suspect male is Caucasian, and was wearing a blue jacket with brown sleeves at the time of the January 13th purchase. The female shown is also Caucasian and was wearing a white winter jacket with black accents, and black pants at the time.

The credit card has not been recovered, and Nanaimo RCMP are making a point to say that the recovery efforts made by the victim should not be replicated. 

“If your wallet is stolen and it contains credit cards, you should always call your credit card company to cancel them and call the police to report the theft,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP in a statement to Victoria Buzz. 

“Secondly, confronting individuals is not advisable, and showing up with a baseball bat is never a good idea.”

If anyone has information on the identity of the two suspects, they are asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.