Perps Get Their Just Desserts: Nanaimo thieves steal two cars from Midas shop, get away by driving through front window

Nanaimo, British Columbia- Two criminals from Nanaimo have found a unique getaway process for their crimes.

On Tuesday, August 9, service technicians arriving for work at the Midas automotive service centre on the old Island highway found themselves delaying vehicle repairs due to the needed repair of the storefront itself.

An overnight break-in had occurred, with the thieves stealing two cars by simply driving them through the front doors of the business.

The thieves snuck in through a bay door window, making off with a pickup truck and a car in the process. The break-in occurred around 3:30 A.M. overnight Tuesday, as security motion sensors were engaged at that time.

“What we know is a rock was thrown through the bay windows, which provided access,” says Reserve Const. Gary O’ Brien.

The stolen vehicles are a white 2019 Ford F-350 and a black 2009 Subaru.

Police are currently struggling with leads as no witnesses have come forward, and the business’ security footage is unusable for the investigation.

“The only thing that’s working to our advantage…is that this would have caused a significant amount of noise,” says O’Brien.  “Two vehicles would have taken off, probably at a relatively high rate of speed – we’re hoping somebody can help us out here,” said O’Brien.

Furthermore, The tail ends of the vehicles, would have significant damage from driving through the doors, says O’Brien.

While the investigation is conducted, and the storefront repaired, customers may experience delays or cancellations of their appointments.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

What do you think of these heinous crimes? Has anything like this ever happened at your place of work? How do we combat these type of things from happening again?


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