(Nanaimo RCMP)

Nanaimo RCMP have released surveillance photos of a man they say stole a gold necklace worth thousands of dollars.

The theft occurred on June 27th at the People’s Jewellers in the Woodgrove Centre.

Police released the photos in hopes the public can help identify him.

According to police, the man allegedly stole a 26-inch 14 carat gold necklace valued at approximately $5,500 from People’s Jewellers.

Video surveillance has recently been obtained of the suspect and the vehicle that he is associated to.

Employees told investigators that the suspect walked into their business shortly before 1:30 p.m. and after looking at several items, he tried on a necklace and moments later, ran out of the store with it around his neck.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, standing about 5’5″ tall with a slim build and has dark greasy hair.

At the time, he was wearing a dark medical mask, K2 stone hat, a pink sweater and grey shorts.

Video surveillance showed the suspect entering the mall and shortly after the theft, getting into the passenger side of a blue (possibly) Kia Soul.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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