Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for the week of Jan. 1 to Jan. 7:
• On Jan. 2 a shopper let his wallet in a cart at a business in the 5700 block of Cowrie Street in Sechelt. The shopper returned within minutes to find that the wallet was stolen. Police are reviewing surveillance footage.
• On Jan. 2, an officer witnessed a vehicle speeding westbound on Highway 101 near Veterans Road in Gibsons. The officer activated his radar unit, which showed the vehicle was travelling at over double the posted speed limit. The officer turned around and initiated a vehicle stop. The driver was issued a violation ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.
• On Jan. 3, a child's tricycle was found in the 5800 block of Cowrie Street in Sechelt. The owner may claim with detailed description, and by referencing file 13-56.
• Overnight on Jan. 4, thieves gained access into a storage area for a business in the 5600 block of Highway 101 and stole a variety of tools including a Clark wire feed felder, two Stihl chainsaws, a Bosch 4 1/2-inch angle grinder, various screwdrivers and a tray of wrenches.
• Between Dec. 1 and Jan. 3, a thief gained entry into a garage in the 8000 block of Redrooffs Road in Halfmoon Bay and stole a variety of items including an old green gas lawn mower, a blue Xpert air compressor, a red Honda pressure washer and a large yellow floor jack.
• On Jan. 3, a thief gained entry to a residence in the 800 block of North Road and stole a 13-inch black Hewlett Packard laptop computer and charging cable.
• Overnight on Jan. 5, a thief stole a vehicle from a residence in the 5800 block of Ocean Avenue in Sechelt. The owner had left a key inside the unlocked vehicle. The vehicle was recovered up Dusty Road and had sustained some damage and vandalism.
• On Jan. 5, a thief, who was witnessed rummaging through other people's belongings in a change room at a business in the 5500 block of Shorncliffe Avenue in Sechelt, stole a large amount of cash from an unsecured wallet. The thief, described as a Caucasian male, approximately six feet two inches tall, 25 to 30 years old with short dark hair, had a fit build with a large tattoo on his chest. Police are reviewing surveillance footage.
• Overnight on Jan. 5, a suspect gained entry into an unlocked vehicle parked in the 5900 block of Sechelt Inlet Road and rifled through the contents. The suspect also damaged the steering column in what is believed to be an attempt to steal the vehicle itself. Nothing appears to have been stolen.
• Following a vehicle stop in December, a Langdale woman, who was arrested for suspected impaired driving, pled guilty to the driving over .08 criminal code charge in Sechelt provincial court on Jan. 2. She received a $1,000 fine with a one-year driving prohibition. Sechelt Crown counsel entered a stay of proceedings for the impaired driving charge.
During the RCMP investigation, a two-year-old child was located in the vehicle. Police released details of the court plea at the Sunshine Coast Regional District policing committee on Jan. 7.
• During the Christmas holiday season, RCMP responded to 170 calls for assistance. Twenty-five of these calls were emergency 911 priority one calls. The type of investigations varied from domestic assaults, attempted suicide, break and enter, mischief, traffic incidents and responding to residential/business alarms.
• RCMP continue to receive reports regarding erratic driving, speeding vehicles and burnouts involving unidentified vehicles and drivers in the Pender Harbour and Madeira Park areas.
Police continue to monitor these incidents. At the end of September a media release was provided to Coast Reporter asking the public for their assistance. It would appear members of the community are reluctant to identify the offenders for fear of retaliation.