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Weekly police report

Sunshine Coast RCMP
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Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Jan. 14 to 17:

• On Jan. 14, a break and enter was reported at a residence in the 12800 block of Lagoon Road in Pender Harbour. The suspect(s) forced open a small window on the front of the residence and broke a screen to gain entry. The house was ransacked, but it does not appear that anything of value was stolen.

• Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 11, a thief stole a number of items from an address in the 12200 block of Highway 101 in Madeira Park, including a 300-gallon propane tank, a propane furnace and an assortment of cupboard hinges and knobs.

• Overnight on Jan. 12, a thief gained entry into a vehicle parked in the 5600 block of Medusa Street in Sechelt, and stole a set of Rossignol skis, ski touring boots, a Helly Hansen jacket, ski pants, gloves and a gym bag containing a variety of workout and yoga items. It is unclear if the vehicle was locked or not.

• A Coast resident reported being scammed after responding to a Whistler condo rental ad on a popular on-line classifieds site.

The resident checked the rental address on Google and determined it existed before entering into a rental agreement and sending payment via email money transfer. Once the funds were sent, the supposed condo owners ceased all communication. The bank advised the resident that using an email money transfer to conduct business is like handing over cash and there is no recourse.

• On Jan. 15, a bag found on a logging road was turned in. The bag contained a wide range of items including some expensive ones. Some sports equipment was also found nearby. Owner may claim with detailed description of bag and contents, reference file 14-315.

• On Jan. 16, a Coast resident reported falling victim to the popular "grandparent" scam after receiving a call from a male he believed was a friend of his son.

The scammer told the resident he had been in an accident and arrested for drunk driving. The scammer then asked the resident to help him by wiring funds to pay for his lawyer.

The resident agreed and was told the lawyer would call him soon to arrange the payment. The resident received a second call from a different male who stated he worked for the lawyer. The resident provided the caller with the information required to wire funds to Quebec.

Afterwards, the resident contacted his son's actual friend and learned that the friend had made no such call to the resident. To learn more about this and other scams, visit www.phonebusters.com or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

• On Jan. 16, a resident who had been victimized by a scam artist last year reported receiving similar calls from another scammer who tried to convince the resident that she had won a lottery, a luxury vehicle and other prizes and that all she needed to do was send in $500 to claim her prizes.

Police remind the public that no legitimate lottery will ask you to pay any sort of fees to receive your prize. Fortunately, the resident recognized this as another scam and hung up on the caller.

• On Jan. 16, a possible impaired driver was reported westbound on Gower Point Road near Winn Road in Gibsons. The witness reported the vehicle was swerving all over the road, almost going over a cliff at one point, and driving over a curb before backing up without paying attention to any vehicles coming up behind it.

The witness provided the vehicle description and licence plate and police located the owner a short while later. The driver was not impaired, but advised she'd found both her front headlights were burned out and was having trouble seeing in the dark. Police will be requesting a driver's licence review.

• On Jan. 16, police were advised of a group of impaired males getting into a vehicle in the 900 block of Venture Way in Gibsons.

Police witnessed the vehicle back out of its parking spot then drive forward over the curb and get stuck. Police approached the vehicle and noted the driver continuing to exhibit signs of impairment. The driver was questioned and given a roadside alcohol-screening test, which resulted in a "fail." The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

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