Nanaimo RCMP looking for suspect in theft of cosmetic contact lenses

Nanaimo RCMP are on the lookout for a man who stole more than 150 pairs of cosmetic contact lenses Thursday.

The theft happened about 5:50 p.m. at Pattie’s Party Palace on Rutherford Road.

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Store employees told police that a man entered and went straight to a display case that held about 350 pairs of the lenses, used to make eyes different colours and worth about $30 a pair. He broke the display case in half and took half of it with him, then fled through the parking lot.

Surveillance pictures have been released of a suspect, who is described as white, 25- to 35-years-old and of medium height and build. He was wearing a dark jacket, jeans and a dark hat with a logo on the front.

Call 250-754-2345 with any information. — Times Colonist

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