Police hope the public can help identify a suspected shoplifter who punched and allegedly threatened to stab an employee at Nanaimo retail store. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo electronics store employee punched repeatedly by shoplifter

Suspect made off with speakers worth $1,500

The Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who assaulted an employee and allegedly threatened to stab him.

According to police, the incident happened Jan. 11 at about 6 p.m., when the employee confronted the man for allegedly stealing merchandise. The electronics store didn’t wish to be identified.

Police spoke with the 26-year-old male employee, who told police he approached the suspect at the front doors after witnessing him attempting to leave without paying for two speakers, valued at $1,500. The suspect punched the employee several times, then allegedly threatened to stab him with a knife.

The suspect was able to get away with the merchandise.

The employee was left shaken by the ordeal, but was not injured in the confrontation. A knife was not produced, but the suspect alluded to having one in his pocket.

The suspect is white, in his late 30s, with greying brown hair and was wearing a large khaki sweater and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the identity of this person is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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