Weekly incident report

Sunshine Coast

2020-11-03 09:44 PST

Theft

Overnight on October 27, a new electric bicycle was stolen from a residence in the 5400 block of Secret Cove Road, Halfmoon Bay. The stolen bike is described as a white 2020 Volt "Elegant" seven speed electric assist bike. The serial number is FR36H23200109. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-7507.

Scam

A coast resident reported falling for a scam after replying to a job ad in Craigslist. The "job" involved the resident being a cheque for a large amount, which she was instructed to cash. The resident was then to return a good portion of that amount in Bitcoin, and to keep a much smaller portion as "payment." After completing the Bitcoin transaction, the resident learned that the original cheque was fraudulent and the resident is now out the amount sent by Bitcoin. To learn more about this and other common scams, please visit sites such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org.

On November 1, a coast resident reported falling for a common scam after receiving an email that appeared to be from a friend; the "friend" told the resident that he needed to borrow some money and asked the resident to send it to him in the form of Amazon gift cards. The resident, believing this was a legitimate request, did as requested, and only realized after she'd purchased the cards and sent them to the "friend" that she'd been scammed. To learn more about this and other popular scams, please visit sites such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org.

Distracted Driving

On October 27, a possible impaired driver was reported on Highway 101 near Tyson Road, after the vehicle was witnessed crossing the centre line several times. As the witness was able to provide a vehicle and driver description as well as licence plate number, and where the vehicle was last seen parked, police were able to locate the suspect driver. The driver, who was not impaired, advised he was not from the area and had been drinking a hot beverage while driving. The driver was warned about distracted driving, especially on unfamiliar roads.

Unsafe Load

On October 28, police noticed a vehicle southbound on Highway 101 in Garden Bay, BC, which appeared to be overloaded with firewood. Police initiated a traffic stop and determined the vehicle was well over its load limit and possibly unsafe to drive due to damage. The driver was issued a Notice and Order to have the vehicle inspected and police seized the licence plates. The driver was also issued a Violation Ticket for Fail to Produce Driver's Licence.

Found Property

On October 29, a bike that had been found near the Langdale BC Ferries terminal was turned in to police. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2020-7552.

Mischief/Grafitti

On October 29, at approximately 11:30 a.m., a male suspect used black spray paint to vandalize the back door of a business in the 800 block of Gibsons Way, Gibsons. Police are reviewing video surveillance footage in an attempt to identify the male suspect. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-7557.

Overnight on October 30, a suspect used spray paint to vandalize a door of a business in the 5600 block of Trail Avenue. Police are reviewing security video footage, but it is believed this same suspect is responsible for several recent similar incidents in Sechelt and Gibsons. Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-7580.

Collision

On October 29, police attended a two vehicle incident at the intersection of Trail Avenue and Teredo Street, Sechelt. The first vehicle driver, thinking he had an adequate gap in traffic, attempted to make a left turn off Trail onto Teredo and was struck by the second vehicle that was travelling westbound on Teredo Street. Fortunately, none of the drivers or passengers reported any serious injuries, but both vehicles had to be towed due to damage. The driver of the first vehicle was issued a Violation Ticket for Fail to Yield on a Left Turn. The matter has been referred to ICBC.

Found Property

On October 31, a resident turned in a bag that had fallen out of a the back of a dark pick up truck while driving in downtown Sechelt. The bag contained sports equipment, including some with a distinctive name stitched on it. Owner may claim with detailed description within 90 days. Please reference police file number 2020-7609.

Impaired Driving

On November 1, a passerby reported a possible impaired driver on Highway 101 near Redrooffs Road, Halfmoon Bay. Police located the driver and her vehicle which was in the ditch. The uninjured driver advised that she had consumed alcohol shortly before driving. The driver was given a roadside alcohol screening test and after two fail results, was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for thirty days. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.

Extortion

On November 2, a coast resident reported being extorted after "meeting" someone on a dating app. After a brief exchange of messages, the resident and "date" traded personal photos. Shortly afterwards, the "date" demanded money or the resident's photos would be posted on social media. Police checked the number the demands were coming from and determined it was a text only number and advised the resident it was likely the "date" was a fictional creation. Since the resident stopped responding to the "date's" messages, no further threats of exposure have been received.



 

Released by

Cst. Karen Whitby

Media Relations Officer
Sunshine Coast RCMP
sunshinecoast.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
5800 Teredo St. Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0
Office: 604-885-2266
Fax: 604-885-9473

Email: karen.whitby@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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