Weekly police report

Staff writer
March 13, 2014 01:00 AM

Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for March 3 to 10:

On March 3, vandals damaged an address sign in the 12800 block of Highway 101 in Madeira Park. It appears the vandals used a vehicle to pull the sign out of its cement base. This is one of several complaints of mischief in the Madeira Park area. Anyone with any information about these incidents of mischief is asked to contact RCMP at 604-885-2266 and reference file 2014-1370.

On March 4, a witness reported seeing a driver smoke a marijuana cigarette before driving off the ferry at the Langdale terminal.

The witness provided a detailed description of the car, driver and the licence plate. The vehicle was stopped in the 600 block of Gower Point Road in Gibsons. Police noted the odour of burnt marijuana and located and seized more drugs and paraphernalia from inside the vehicle.

The driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition and her driver's licence was seized. Her vehicle was also impounded.

On March 5, a Coast resident advised an attempted fraud after receiving a letter purportedly from a well-known company advising she had won a large money prize. The letter states that, "in order to avoid unnecessary delays you must keep this award confidential."

Besides the fact that the resident had not entered any such lottery, the direction to be secretive is a classic sign that this is a scam. Police encourage the public to learn more about scams and how to recognize them by visiting sites such as the Better Business Bureau or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre.

Between March 1 and 6, a thief broke into a residence in the 8000 block of Wildwood Road in Halfmoon Bay. It is unknown how the thief gained entry, as there was no damage to any locks or windows. The thief stole several passports, a video camera and a digital camera.

On March 7, police attended a two-vehicle collision on Highway 101 at Sunnycrest Road in Gibsons, after a vehicle attempted to cut across the highway from one parking lot to another, but was T-boned by a vehicle that had just made a right turn from Sunnycrest Road onto Highway 101.

Both vehicles sustained significant damage and had to be towed from the scene, but fortunately, neither driver was seriously hurt. The driver who attempted to cross the highway was issued a violation ticket for drive without due care and attention. On March 7, a shoplifter was reported from a business in the 5500 block of Wharf Avenue in Sechelt.

The suspect, who was highly intoxicated, was located a short distance away with the stolen goods. The suspect was arrested for being intoxicated in public and the stolen property was returned to the business. The business owner did not wish to pursue charges, but the suspect was banned from the store.

On March 9, police attended an alarm call at a business in the 5700 block of Medusa Street in Sechelt and found a confirmed break and enter.

The suspect damaged a door lock and handle before smashing two windows to gain access. Nothing inside the building was disturbed, so it appears the suspect fled after hearing the alarms.

Overnight on March 9, a suspect smashed a window of a vehicle parked in the 5600 block of Trail Avenue in Sechelt, cutting him or herself in the process and leaving blood all over the vehicle. The suspect then removed window screens in an unsuccessful attempt to gain access to two nearby homes.

The suspect also gained entry to an unlocked motor home and stole a crescent wrench that had the owner's name engraved on it.

The file is still under investigation.

On March 10, police noted a vehicle on Trail Avenue in Sechelt that police had not been able to locate the day before for a possible impaired driver complaint.

Police pulled the vehicle over and immediately noted an overwhelming odour of alcohol. The driver was 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.

- Submitted

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