Laptop thief in Nanaimo chased and tackled; term paper recovered

A woman and her partner kept an important school paper from being stolen when they caught up with a combative break-and-enter suspect this week in Nanaimo.

A woman and her partner recovered a stolen laptop with an important school term paper on it when they caught up with a combative thief in Nanaimo.

The woman was spit on and hit on the head with a rock during a struggle with the thief, and both she and her partner ended up with minor bumps and bruises.

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RCMP were called Tuesday afternoon and told that a Marisa Street home had been broken into. The couple living in the house spotted a person carrying their belongings. They chased and detained her. A 28-year-old woman was arrested.

Among the items taken and recovered were electronics and a knapsack with a laptop that held an essay worth half of the female resident’s final mark.

“Good on these two for doing what they did,” Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien said. “We would be remiss, however, not to point out they could have been seriously harmed during the struggle. We never advocate anyone getting into a physical altercation with a suspect.”

Police were on their way, so following from a safe distance would have led to the same result, he said. “We are glad, though, that she got her final paper back in one piece.”

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