Nanaimo RCMP have arrested two people for stealing a 75-inch television from a local Walmart. Police say there wasn’t a lot of planning involved as the thieves simply placed the TV on the roof of the vehicle and drove off with it.
The theft, captured on video, occurred at approximately 6:45 PM on June 8, 2023, from Walmart, located in the Woodgrove Centre. Responding officers were told a man and a woman were seen carrying a large TV out of the store. The suspects placed the box on the roof of their vehicle, and simply drove off.
The officer noted the box was dropped on the roof of the vehicle and held in placed by the driver reaching up with his left hand, and the passenger’s out stretched right hand. The vehicle plate and clothing worn by the suspects was noted by the officer. Just three hours later, the suspects, wearing the same clothing and driving the same vehicle, were located at a gas station in central Nanaimo.
A 48-year-old man and 43-year-old woman, both from Nanaimo, were arrested for Theft under $5000 and taken into police custody. A search of the trunk of the vehicle later found parts from the stolen television, though the TV has yet to be recovered.
The suspects were later released on an undertaking, with their first court appearance set for September 6, 2023 in Nanaimo Provincial Court.
The search for the stolen television continues.