Christmas comes early for Nanaimo mom after repeated car break-ins

By Ian Holmes
December 7, 2017 - 3:09pm

The reaction of a single mom hit with a pair of break-ins to her car floored Nanaimo Mounties.NanaimoNewsNOW file photo

NANAIMO — It was an extraordinary ending to a standard break-in for a Nanaimo woman after her car was robbed outside her downtown home.

Nanaimo RCMP said the single mom's car window was shattered on Nov. 17 for a second time in short order and she had no idea how to afford getting her window fixed.

Cst. Gary O'Brien said police were stunned when they heard the 28-year-old woman didn't want to proceed with charges because the thief was probably also struggling.

“It stopped (police) in their tracks, it literally stopped them, and they said 'We have to give something back to this girl, she's got her act together and this can be a game-changer for her.'”

Responding officers decided to cover the cost of her window's deductible, while Speedy Auto Glass waived all remaining fees after hearing her story. Officers also bought the inspiring mom a turkey with fixings and gifts for her son.

“In keeping with her attitude she said 'Look, it's all about my son, it's all about the Christmas memories.'”

O'Brien said it was a profoundly moving turn of events for their general duty officers, who respond to more than 40,000 calls a year.


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