Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Jan. 7 to 14:
• On Jan. 7, a motorist failed to stop for a school bus stopped with flashing lights on Highway 101 in Wilson Creek. A witness was able to provide a vehicle description and licence plate number. Police located the driver and issued her a warning notice and order for the offence.
• On Jan. 7, police came upon a vehicle in the ditch just west of Norwest Bay Road on Highway 101 in Sechelt. The vehicle was travelling westbound when the driver lost control and spun the vehicle 180 degrees before ending up in the northside ditch facing east. Neither driver or passenger were injured. The driver admitted he had been showing off when he lost control.
Police noted a moderate odour of liquor and the driver advised he'd last consumed alcohol several hours prior to driving. The driver was issued a roadside alcohol-screening test, which resulted in a “fail” reading. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
• On Jan. 8, police attended a single-vehicle collision in the 4300 block of Highway 101 in Wilson Creek, after a vehicle drove into a structural pillar.
The driver, who appeared confused but not impaired by drugs or alcohol, advised she may have hit the gas instead of the brakes. The driver was taken to hospital to be checked over and the heavily damaged vehicle was towed. A driver's licence medical review has been requested.
• Overnight on Jan. 8, thieves stole a large 400-litre diesel tidy tank from a job site in the 5800 block of Teredo Street in Sechelt.
The thieves cut a hole in a fence to gain access to the property and appear to have lifted the empty tank onto a truck before fleeing.
• On Jan. 8, police attended a two-vehicle collision on Gibsons Way at Sunnycrest Road after an eastbound vehicle attempted to make a left turn onto Sunnycrest Road and was struck by a westbound vehicle.
The eastbound driver advised he'd thought he had enough time to make the turn, and underestimated the other vehicle's speed. The westbound driver advised he was unable to stop in time due to poor road conditions and visibility due to heavy rain. Both vehicles had to be towed, but no injuries were reported. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On Jan. 9, a thief stole a Verge Curl Stix curling iron and HD flat iron from a business in the 5700 block of Teredo Street in Sechelt.
The suspect was caught on video surveillance and is described as a Caucasian female, approximately 40 years old, five feet five inches tall, 130 pounds, wearing blue jeans, black boots and a dark blue jacket. The suspect was carrying a large black purse in which she hid the stolen items. The file is still under investigation.
• On the evening of Jan. 9, a thief gained entry into an unlocked vehicle parked in the 1100 block of Cedar Grove Road and stole a carrying bag containing several items including two welding helmets, a fibermetal hard hat and a Canadian Tire power inverter.
• On Jan. 11, a thief caught on surveillance video Jan. 2 stealing a donation can from a business in the 5500 block of Wharf Avenue in Sechelt, was spotted by staff nearby. Police located the suspect and arrested him for theft. The suspect admitted to the theft and was released on a promise to appear for court.
• On Jan. 12, police attended a newspaper box fire at the intersection of Cheryl Ann Park Road and Lower Road in Roberts Creek. The Roberts Creek fire department extinguished the fire prior to police arrival. The fire appears to have been started inside the box. Anyone with any information about this mischief is asked to contact RCMP at 604-885-2266 and reference file 14-247.
• Police again warn the public to be wary of any unsolicited calls from people claiming to work for large companies such as Microsoft. The callers advise the recipient that their computers have been infected with a virus and try to sell clean-up services for a high fee.
Recently another Coast resident was convinced by such a scammer and gave away debit card information. Please educate yourselves about fraud by visiting websites such as the Better Business Bureau or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre.