Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for July 1 to 8:
• A resident reported receiving an obscene call after picking up the phone and hearing a voice on the other end saying things that the resident felt were vaguely threatening. The resident used the *57 feature to trace the call and provided police with a local number. Police located the caller and determined that the caller had accidentally pocket dialed the resident while admonishing her dog for bad behaviour.
• On July 1, police witnessed a vehicle northbound on Highway 101 near Shorncliffe Avenue in Sechelt, travelling nearly double the posted speed limit.
Police initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed before coming to a stop at a business in the 5700 block of Teredo Street.
The driver and sole occupant exhibited signs of intoxication and was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The driver was given alcohol screening tests back at the detachment and due to the results was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition, a 90-day administrative driving prohibition and a violation ticket for excessive speeding. The vehicle was also impounded.
The file is still under investigation.
• On July 2 while conducting a road block near Monkey Tree Lane in Sechelt, police witnessed a male who had recently received a driving prohibition driving a vehicle on Highway 101. The driver was told to pull to the side of the road and the driver appeared to comply, but then as police approached, the driver sped away. An arrest warrant has been issued and the file is still under investigation.
• On July 2, a hit-and-run accident was reported at the Sunnycrest Mall parking lot in Gibsons.
A witness provided the damaged vehicle owner with the suspect vehicle information. Police attended the suspect vehicle owner's residence and spoke with the driver who advised he hadn't realized he'd struck the other vehicle, but that he had heard a noise as he made a sharp turn and thought it was made by equipment he was carrying in the rear. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On July 2, police witnessed a vehicle speeding northbound on the Langdale by-pass. The vehicle then passed an unmarked police vehicle at nearly double the posted speed limit. The vehicle was pulled over and the "new" driver was issued violation tickets for excessive speed, not properly displaying an "N" and a seven-day impound notice.
• On July 3, while conducting a roadblock at Monkey Tree Lane in Sechelt, police were advised of a vehicle that had pulled over to the side of the road before reaching the roadblock. Police attended to the stopped vehicle and found three young persons walking away. It was determined that of the three, the actual driver was prohibited and also possibly impaired. The impairment was confirmed with an alcohol screening test. The driver was arrested for driving while prohibited and for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The vehicle was also impounded for seven days. The file is still under investigation.
• On July 3, a two-vehicle accident occurred in the 3900 block of Highway 101 in Wilson Creek after the first driver braked and turned into the on-coming lane in an effort to avoid hitting a deer. Unfortunately, the first vehicle's brakes locked up and skidded on the wet road and struck a second vehicle in the eastbound lane. No injuries were reported and damage was minimal.
The first driver was issued a violation ticket for having expired insurance and the matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On July 4, a Coast resident reported falling for a common email scam after signing up for lifetime computer protection from "My PC Doctor."
After paying the sign-up fee, the resident realized the company was fraudulent and tried to get her money back, but the company advised she needed to provide her credit card number in order for them to process a refund. The resident wisely refused to give this information, but has since been bombarded by calls attempting to further scam her. As is it apparent her contact info has been shared with other scammers, police suggested the resident change her phone number completely to avoid further harassment.
• On July 4, a shoplifter was reported at a business in the 900 block of Gibsons Way after the male suspect was seen leaving the store with something sticking out from under his hoody jacket.
Security video footage confirmed that the suspect had hidden a tool belt under his jacket. The suspect, who is known to police, was located a short time after and the property was recovered and returned to the business. The suspect, who had several outstanding warrants, was arrested.
• On July 6, a briefcase was found in the forested area near Ocean Avenue and Windward Lane in Sechelt. The briefcase contained a number of items marked with a name. Owner may claim with detailed description of item by referencing file 14-4442.
• On July 8, a vandal removed the small valve insert in the tires of several cars parked for sale along Carmen Road in Gibsons, causing all of the air to escape. The vandal would have required a special tool to unscrew the valve insert. No other damage was reported.
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