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Weekly police report

Sunshine Coast RCMP

Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Dec. 10 to 17:

• On the morning of Dec. 10, after receiving a complaint about an on-going erratic driver, RCMP located and followed the suspect vehicle from Pratt Road southbound on Highway 101. The officer witnessed the vehicle travelling consistently above the speed limit as well as passing another motorist without signalling, crossing a double yellow line on a curve.

The vehicle was pulled over and the driver was issued a violation ticket for excessive speed and driving without consideration. The vehicle was also impounded for seven days.

• In the early morning of Dec. 12, police received separate reports from the 2200 block of Pixton Road and the 1200 block of Orange Road in Roberts Creek about an unknown male entering homes uninvited and then leaving after the homeowners questioned him. The male, described as in his 30's or 40's, and of medium build, was not aggressive, but did appear intoxicated. Police made extensive foot and vehicle patrols, but the male was not located. No thefts or property damage were reported.

• On Dec. 12, a shoplifter was reported at a business in the 5500 block of Highway 101. The male suspect paid for one item and was witnessed hiding a second item in his sleeve. The suspect was confronted by staff, but denied the theft and left before any further action could take place. Surveillance footage is being reviewed.

• On Dec. 12, a single-vehicle collision involving two pedestrians occurred on Gibsons Way at Shaw Road. The driver, who was leaving Sunnycrest Mall, attempted to make a left turn onto Gibsons Way during a green light and struck two pedestrians.

The driver stayed on scene until police and ambulance arrived.

One of the pedestrians was taken to hospital for possible back injuries, but the second pedestrian was unhurt. The file is still under investigation.

• On Dec. 13, a two-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 101 near Jack Road in Roberts Creek when the first vehicle crossed the centre line and sideswiped a second southbound vehicle. No one was injured, but the second vehicle sustained damage and had to be towed.

The driver of the first vehicle, who admitted he had fallen asleep at the wheel, was issued a violation ticket for failing to keep right.

• On Dec. 14, a Coast resident received what appeared to be a Fair Pharmacare assessment letter from the B.C. government. The official looking letter, which did have some typos, provided a website and a number to call. The resident tried the website, but it came up as inactive. When the resident called the provided number, the automated voice message indicated the caller had won a gift certificate, who was then directed to another line which explained what the gift certificate was for, and asked for payment for shipping.

This is a typical scam and police again remind the public to be cautious of any unsolicited letter, fax, email etc. which requests they pay for any sort of "prize" up front.

• On Dec. 14, an officer witnessed a vehicle speeding well over the posted 60 km zone in the 12800 block of Highway 101. The officer pulled the vehicle over and noted the driver exhibiting signs of impairment. The driver was given a roadside alcohol-screening test, resulting in a fail reading.

The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

A second impaired driver was caught in the highway near Narrows Road after another officer witnessed a driver speeding in icy road conditions. The driver also showed clear signs of intoxication and failed a roadside alcohol-screening test. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

• Some time since late November, thieves stole approximately 50 logs and some cut firewood from two residences in the 5900 block of Deerhorn Drive in Sechelt.

• On Dec. 16, a thief broke into a residence in the 800 block of Marine Drive in Gibsons. The thief removed a window to gain entry and stole a silver serving tray, a canoe paddle, a large amount of empty beer cans and a garbage can.

• On Dec. 17, a thief stole a Coleman 5000W "ER" generator from a driveway in the 500 block North Fletcher Road in Gibsons. The generator, which is quite heavy and would have required two people to move it, is red with a black frame.

— Submitted



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