Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for July 13 to 18, 2014:
• Between July 13 and 14, a thief stole a grey Walker Bay dinghy that had been tied to a log near the beach in the 300 block of Georgia Drive in Gibsons.
The dinghy is seven feet long, had a black bottom and contained a set of oars, an older model Johnson six-horsepower outboard motor, two life jackets and a small cooler.
• Early on July 15, a resident reported a hit and run in the 5700 block of Nickerson Road in Sechelt after a vehicle crashed into her parked car and fled the scene.
A second vehicle was later found damaged by the same suspected driver. Police located a vehicle leaving the area with major front end damage and conducted a traffic stop. The driver had the odour of alcohol on his breath and admitted to having a couple of drinks a few hours earlier.
After failing two roadside alcohol-screening tests, the driver admitted he'd been drinking liquor shots prior to driving and apologized. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
• On July 15 a shoplifter was reported at a business in the 400 block of Marine Drive in Gibsons. The suspect, a Caucasian female in her late 20's or early 30's, entered the store with her two to three-year-old daughter who was wearing a yellow shirt and her four to six-year-old son, who was wearing red shirt. The suspect hid a bottle of Copper Moon red wine in her shoulder bag and then took a second bottle to the counter, pretended to forget her bank card and left without paying.
The suspect, who was wearing a teal tank top and beige shorts, had long hair in a French braid and a large tattoo on her right shoulder.
Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP at 604-885-2266 and reference file 14-4707.
• On July 15, police received complaints of parked vehicles at the intersection of Hopkins Road and Point Road in Gibsons obstructing the stop sign and generally causing visibility and traffic safety issues for other motorists. Several notice and orders warning about poor parking were issued and police will continue enforcement of the area, which is near a popular beach.
• On the evening of July 16, a witness reported a driver was allowing skateboarders to hitch a lift on the rear of the vehicle and pulling the skateboarders up Roberts Creek Road. Police left a message for the registered owner of the vehicle advising of the dangers of such actions and the liability incurred.
• On July 16, police witnessed a known prohibited driver operating a vehicle near the RCMP office in Sechelt. Police also noted the driver had a cell phone in his hand. The vehicle was pulled over and the driver was arrested for driving while suspended. The vehicle was impounded for seven days and the file is still under investigation.
• On July 17, a theft of a beige golf cart was reported on Keats Island. The golf cart was stored at a seasonal residence and had been stolen and recovered about a month earlier. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference file 14-4743.
• On July 17, a group of hikers reported being trapped on a trail in Smuggler's Cove by a bear. The bear, who would not leave despite attempts by the hikers to scare it away, then dug up a wasp's nest creating a second hazard.
After one of their group suffered several stings, the hikers walked into the forest to circumvent both the bear and wasps and made it out without injury other than a few more wasp stings. Police and a Conservation Service Officer patrolled the trail, but were unable to locate either the bear or the wasps.
• On July 17, a possible impaired driver was reported on Highway 101 near Tyson Road in Sechelt, after a witness reported a vehicle stopping at green lights and slowly breaking at other lights. Police located the vehicle and driver in Gibsons and the driver, who was not impaired, advised that he often gets complaints about his extra careful and slow driving.
• On July 17, a couple of shoplifters were reported at a business in the 1100 block of Highway 101 in Gibsons after the theft was caught on video surveillance. The suspect is described as a slender blonde Caucasian female with bulbous eyes and a very slender balding Black male, stole a pair of Coach black and pink wire frame glasses.
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