Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for July 18 to 28:
• A Coast resident reported being extorted for a sum of money by someone he met on a popular social media site.
The suspect, who used two different names on Facebook and Skype, threatened to expose a video that the complainant had posted many years ago if the complainant didn't send the suspect funds through an international remittance site. The complainant sent the money, and then decided to report the incident to police.
The complainant's bank has also been advised and is attempting to cancel the transaction. The file is still under investigation.
• On July 18, an inflatable boat was found washed up on shore near Georgia Beach in Gibsons. The boat also had an outboard motor mounted on it.
The owner may claim with detailed description by referencing file No. 14-4929 through the Sunshine Coast RCMP detachment at 604-885-2266.
• On July 23, a marine hit-and-run occurred at the Pender Harbour authority dock near the 13600 block of Highway 101 in Madeira Park.
The complainants were in their boat when they heard an outboard motor and then felt impact. When they went out onto the deck to see what had happened, the suspect boat had fled. The suspect boat, possibly a dinghy given the location of impact and the wake pattern left behind, damaged the several layers of the boat's finish. Police are reviewing surveillance video footage.
• On July 25, police attended a single-vehicle accident on Irvines Landing Road in Pender Harbour.
A vehicle left the road, sheared off a tree, spun 180 degrees then struck another tree backwards before coming to a rest. The lone driver and occupant managed to exit the vehicle on his own and advised that he may have blacked out as he does not recall leaving the road.
The driver, who did not sustain any injuries, was taken to hospital for assessment and the vehicle, which heavily damaged, was towed. A driver's licence medical review has been requested.
• On July 24, a hit-and-run involving a cyclist was reported in the 400 block of Marine Drive in Gibsons.
The cyclist advised that the vehicle driver did stop and ask if he was OK, but when the cyclist indicated he was hurt, the driver got back into his vehicle and drove away. Police will be following up with the registered owner.
• On July 25, police attended a single-vehicle accident in the 300 block of Harry Road in Gibsons, after a vehicle was reported in the ditch.
Upon arrival, police located a male who identified himself as the driver and advised he'd swerved to avoid another vehicle. The driver exhibited signs of drug impairment and was given a standard field sobriety test, which he failed. The driver was given a 24-hour driving suspension and arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The file is still under investigation.
• On July 28, a witness reported a vehicle that had run over and broke a metal post on a divider at the corner of Seaview Lane and Gibsons Way, spilled fluid and continued on down the road without stopping.
Police located the vehicle shortly afterwards and found it was still leaking fluid. The driver admitted to seeing the post, but said he didn't know that he had hit it. The diesel leak was plugged and the driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
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