Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Nov. 13 to 19:
• On Nov. 13, a suspected thief stole a shovel from an unlocked shed in the 900 block of Davis Road in Gibsons. The owner then discovered that someone had dug several holes in a nearby park. The shovel has not been recovered.
• On Nov. 13 at around 10 p.m., a vandal damaged a mailbox stand in the 700 block of North Road in Gibsons by setting off a firecracker or explosive in one of the boxes. Many residents in the area heard the bang, but no suspects were witnessed. The damage has been reported to Canada Post.
• On Nov. 13 vandals blew up a refrigerator left roadside in the 400 block of Aldersprings Road in Gibsons. Residents witnessed a number of youth running from the scene. The suspects used a large bottle of lighter fluid to cause the explosion, which was strong enough to blast the fridge door across the road and the shelf pins through the sides. Fortunately, the owner removed all the contents.
• A found kayak was reported in the 5800 block of Marine Way in Gibsons. The kayak appeared in early October. Owner may claim with a detailed description, by calling RCMP at 604-885-2266, reference file 12-7864.
• On Nov. 16, a shoplifter was caught trying to leave with unpaid items at a business in the 900 block of Gibsons Way. The matter is being referred to the restorative justice committee.
• On Nov. 16, a shoplifter was reported in the 5700 block of Teredo Street in Sechelt. The male suspect was witnessed leaving the business on foot with a variety of items. The suspect was located nearby, intoxicated and consuming some of the stolen goods. The suspect, who was found in possession of the stolen items and a small amount of marijuana, was arrested.
• Overnight on Nov. 16, a thief attempted to break into a business in the 700 block of Gibsons Way. The suspect tried to gain entry by prying open a pair of metal doors in the rear of the building, but was thwarted by a chain on the inside handles. No other damage or theft was reported.
• On Nov. 17, police located an impaired driver while conducting roadside checks in near Reed Road and Payne Road in Gibsons. The stopped vehicle smelled strongly of marijuana and the driver admitted he'd just finished smoking a joint and exhibited obvious signs of drug impairment. The driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition and the vehicle was impounded.
• On Nov. 18, police were called to a chicken coop in the 2900 block of Day Road in Roberts Creek after the owner was charged by a bear, which had been trapped inside the coop overnight. The bear was still inside the coop when police arrived. Police opened the door to the coop and stood back, armed in case the bear charged. Fortunately, the bear eventually ran out of the coop and into the bushes. The conservation office was advised.
• On Nov. 18, police received a report of three shots fired in the 12600 block of Canoe Road in Pender Harbour. Police made patrols and located a resident who advised he'd set off three bear bangers in an attempt to scare off two large elk who were attacking his dog in the driveway.