The victim of credit-card fraud in Nanaimo turned up with a baseball bat to get the card back from the suspects, after tracking down where it was being used, police say.
That’s “never a good idea,” said Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien.
Police are looking for a man and woman who allegedly used the stolen card to commit fraud.
The victim told police that his wallet had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle on Sunday, but he did not report the theft and was monitoring his credit card for fraudulent transactions.
O’Brien said that was also ill-advised.
“If your wallet is stolen and it contains credit cards, you should always call your credit-card company to cancel them, and call the police to report the theft.”
The victim decided to take matters into his own hands after receiving notification that the card had been used Monday at a Co-op and then Tuesday at a 7-Eleven. He drove to the 7-Eleven with the bat and spoke to an employee, who said two people who had used the card were sitting in a vehicle parked in the store’s lot.
The victim approached with the bat, but the vehicle drove off.
He followed and watched as two people were dropped off nearby, then called police.
A police dog found several items of discarded clothing, but didn’t find the two people.
Police have since obtained images of the suspects from surveillance video taken about 11:35 p.m. Monday at the Victoria Crescent Co-op.