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HomeNewsNanaimo Store Clerk Narrowly Missed by Flare Fired by Shoplifter

Nanaimo Store Clerk Narrowly Missed by Flare Fired by Shoplifter

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The Nanaimo RCMP has one youth in custody and is searching for the second teen after a flare-gun was fired at a convenience store clerk Saturday night.

RCMP Constable Gary O’Brien says around nine o’clock Saturday evening two youth were shoplifting at a Circle K store on Departure Bay Road.

Constable O’Brien says, “just before they left one of the males fired off a single charged flare directly at the clerk, just missing him and it ignited the merchandise behind the counter.”

O’Brien says the clerk left the store and called 9-1-1.

Nanaimo firefighters needed about two hours to bring the blaze under control and the convenience store suffered heavy damage.

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Constable O’Brien says investigators were able to identify the two male youth from store surveillance video and arrested one of them at about 4:30 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Police are continuing to search for the second youth.

O’Brien says no charges have been laid at this time.

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