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Nanaimo RCMP arrested a man who was caught spray-painting a police cruiser in front of the officer who had parked it in the first place.

Police say the incident unfolded at approximately 9 a.m. on Sunday, at the Tim Horton’s on Wallace Street in Nanaimo.

The officer was responding to an unrelated spray painting incident at the business. Employees told the officer that a suspect had spray-painted part of their floor but had left before she arrived.

As the officer took photos of the damage, someone yelled to her, “they’re painting your car!”

The officer ran out and found a man standing on the hood of her police vehicle, spray-painting the windshield.

As the officer approached, the man jumped off the hood and tried to spray the side of the car.

The suspect was promptly arrested and was found to be in possession of a small quantity of crystal methamphetamine.

The 24-year-old man was arrested for Mischief and Possession of a Controlled Substance, however, he was only charged with two counts of Mischief.

He is scheduled to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court in February 2021.

The man faces two charges of Mischief. No charges were laid for the drugs, and his first court appearance is set for early February of 2021 in Nanaimo Provincial Court.


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