Porch Pirate Nanaimo
(Nanaimo RCMP)

The RCMP are warning the public to be cautious this holiday season and watch for ‘porch pirates’ after a theft on Wednesday in Nanaimo.

The incident occurred at 10:46 a.m. on December 9 from a home in central Nanaimo.

The theft was captured on video by the homeowner’s home security system, which notified them of an Amazon package delivery at 9:30 a.m. and of the package being picked up at 10:46 a.m.

Police describe the suspect as a white woman with long blonde hair, approximately 30 to 35 years old. She was a passenger in a small blue 4-door vehicle which she appeared to arrive in.

As the Nanaimo RCMP hunt for the suspect, they are reminding people to be cautious during the holiday season with home deliveries.

“These incidents are expected to increase throughout the Holiday Season. Don’t become a victim and use some basic rules around home deliveries,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

They say people should not have parcels delivered to their homes when they cannot be present. If possible, packages should be delivered to workplaces, left at the mailing depot or dropped off at a trusted neighbour or friend’s home.

RCMP also suggest investing in a lockbox for secure parcel delivery.

Anyone with information about this thift should call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-43981.

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