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Backyard justice sees Nanaimo patio furniture held hostage

Sometime overnight on Monday, June 3, some backyard furniture was stolen from the rear of a home in the 400 block of Bruce Avenue, in Nanaimo, according to RCMP Const. Gary O'Brien.

"When investigators attended, the owner passed them a note left in their yard which read, 'You won't see your furniture until the parties stop. You are too loud. If you are quiet you'll get your crap back, The Neighbourhood'," O'Brien said.

"This sounds like some old fashion neighbourhood justice. Either way, it's theft and the owner would like to have their furniture returned."

He said police are following up on the issue.

"It is still a crime, it's not acceptable to take someone else's belongings.

"Having said that, if there was some dialogue between them, some give and take, I'm sure this wouldn't have happened."

He said he hopes the investigation and media attention prompts the neighbours to alter their behaviours and resolve their differences.