Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Feb. 12 to 15:
• A Coast resident reported mail theft that occurred while the package was enroute from Ontario. The package, which had been sent by a trackable method, contained a large amount of cash and was last known to have been at a mail sorting facility in the Lower Mainland. Police remind the public that sending any amount of cash through the mail is not recommended.
• On Feb. 12, a Coast resident fell victim of a variation of the popular "grandchild-in-trouble" scam. In this case, the scammer pretended to be someone the resident knew who was in trouble in and said he needed some money wired to a bank in Vancouver. RCMP are asking the public educate themselves about the popular scams that circulate so regularly by going to sites such as the Better Business Bureau or The Canadian Anti-Fraud Call-Centre.
• On Feb. 12, police noticed a vehicle with a burned-out headlight in the 5800 block of Cowrie Street in Sechelt. The officer pulled the vehicle over and in speaking with the driver, noted possible signs of intoxication as well as an empty beer can on the floor. The driver admitted to consuming a couple of drinks and was given a roadside alcohol-screening test, which resulted twice in a “fail” result. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
• Between Feb. 8 and 13, a thief stole a door off of a old Hitachi EX200LC excavator that had been stored at a site near Derby Road and Granite Road in Sechelt. The door is made mostly of glass with a grey painted metal frame.
• Between Feb. 8 and 11, a thief broke into a building in the 5400 block of Highway 101. The thief used some kind of tool, possibly a crowbar, to pry open the front doors to gain entry, and appears to have attempted to steal a statue, which was dragged towards the door before being abandoned. No other theft was reported, but the doors were damaged.
• On Feb. 13, an erratic driver was reported speeding and passing vehicles on double solid lines northbound on Highway 101 near Joe Road in Roberts Creek. Police located the vehicle and witnessed it passing several vehicles on the right as well as speeding in a 50-km zone. The officer pulled the vehicle over at which point another driver stopped to complain about the same suspect vehicle as well. The suspect driver was issued a violation ticket for the infractions witnessed by the officer, and warned that if the other witnesses provided written statements, the driver would be issued further violation tickets.
• On Feb. 13, police observed a vehicle with no tail lights heading southbound on Highway 101 near Francis Peninsula Road. The officer pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the driver who exhibited signs of possible intoxication. The driver, who admitted to drinking a couple of beer, was given a roadside alcohol-screening test, which resulted in two ‘fail’ results. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded.
• On Feb. 14, a thief stole a purse out of an unlocked vehicle that also had its windows open while parked in the 5600 block of Cowrie Street in Sechelt. The purse contained some cash, bank and credit cards and several pieces of identification, including a social insurance card and birth certificate. Besides not leaving valuables in plain sight, even in a locked car, to avoid identity theft, police recommend leaving identification such as SIN and birth certificates safe at home unless they are needed.