Police recover $10,000 espresso machine stolen from Nanaimo church

A woman from Nanaimo has been charged with breaking into a church and stealing a costly espresso machine.

The break-in occurred Aug. 30 at the Oceanside International Church on Jingle Pot Road, and one of the more valuable items stolen was a $10,000 espresso coffee machine, according to a Nanaimo RCMP press release.

The break-in investigation led police to a north Nanaimo residence “known for criminal activity,” where they discovered an individual wanted on several outstanding warrants.

“As expected, this individual fled on foot and, despite officers’ pursuit, she was not apprehended,” the release stated.

However, police obtained a search warrant for the residence and later that day discovered stolen property and gathered enough evidence to charge Penny Raines, 61, with breaking and entering.

Along with the costly espresso machine, police discovered a 60-inch television, loudspeakers, and security cameras, among other items. The church received all of the items. Additionally, an older model Jeep Cherokee was seized.

Raines is scheduled to appear in court again in January.

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