Port Alberni RCMP are on the hunt for two suspects who broke in a woman's house while she was asleep.
Thieves entered the residence at 3200 Ninth Avenue through an open window in a spare bedroom shortly before midnight on Nov. 17, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.
The 56-year-old female home owner awoke to her dogs barking. She walked into her living room where she came face-to-face with one of the two suspects, who was removing a painting from the wall.
Startled, the suspect ran away. A second suspect in the kitchen also fled.
The home owner was shocked but uninjured, Allan said.
A police dog was brought in but was unable to track the suspects.
The first suspect is described as a six-foot Aboriginal male in his 20's. He has a patchy moustache and goatee, as well as a distinct hairy mole on right cheek. He was last seen wearing a black sweater with white lines and possibly the logo “No Fear”.
The second suspect is either male of female who was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.
Items stolen from the home include:
a print by Haywood Hardy entitled “The Departure”
Tudor carriage scene in ornate gold frame
Women’s wedding ring set: white gold with one carat solitaire diamond and diamond anniversary band. Yellow gold ladies watch –“Esquire” make.
Table grandfather clock with chimes.
Valley residents are advised to ensure all doors and windows are properly secured at all times. Take extra time to review your home security measures to determine if you can better fortify your home.
Information pertaining to home security is available free of charge at the Port Alberni Community Policing Office located in the Harbour Quay.
Residents are also advised that if they hear a stranger in your home to call 9-1-1 immediately.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP detachment at 250-723-2424, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.