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Police report: Vehicle stolen – returned with booze

Also, a man was caught on-camera stealing security cameras
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Someone stole a vehicle in Gibsons. The owner later found it, undamaged, keys inside, with a bottle of booze in the drivers' seat.

Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for the week of Jan. 10 to 17


Sometime between Jan. 7 and 13, a suspect stole a vehicle from in front of a residence in the 600 block of School Road, Gibsons. The owner also reported that keys had been left in the unlocked vehicle. On Jan. 15, the resident located their vehicle in lower Gibsons near the development property by the marina, undamaged, with the keys inside and a sealed can of alcohol in the driver’s seat.

At approximately 3 a.m. on Jan. 11, a male suspect was caught on security cameras stealing two surveillance cameras and a smart switch from a business in the 5600 block of Mermaid Street, Sechelt. Police are reviewing the footage and the file is still under investigations.

Overnight on Jan. 10, a suspect or suspects stole a hundred-foot long four-pronged power cable from a food truck parked in the 5500 block of Wharf Avenue, Sechelt. The cable is black and had grey ends. Police are reviewing surveillance footage from nearby businesses. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file number 2022-222. The file is still under investigation.

On Jan. 13, a repeat shoplifter was reported at a business in the 5700 block of Cowrie Street, Sechelt, after staff noticed missing inventory and a review of security footage showed the same female suspect taking items every day for a week. The suspect attempted to steal more items and was detained by staff, but fled on foot before police arrival. Police are attempting to locate the suspect and the file is still under investigation.

On Jan. 17, a business in the 900 block of Gibsons Way, Gibsons, reported a theft after a known male was caught on security camera trading old shoes for new, and walking out without paying for them. Police located the suspect in Sechelt wearing the purloined shoes, and arrested him for Theft Under $5,000. The file is still under investigation.

Break and enter

Sometime between Jan. 7 and 11, a suspect gained entry to a fishing boat docked at the commercial dock in the 5200 block of Sunshine Coast Highway, Sechelt, by prying open the door, and stole two fishing rods, including one with heavy gauge line and shaft for halibut fishing. The suspect(s) also stole several brand-new packages of blue handled Craftsman brand hand tools, including wrenches and sockets, and a red Acer laptop with navigational software installed. Anyone with any information about this break and enter is asked to please contact RCMP, reference police file 2022-230.


On Jan. 11, police attended a single vehicle incident on the Sunshine Coast Highway near Conrad Road, Roberts Creek, after Emergency Health Services reported a vehicle in the ditch. Neither the unimpaired driver nor the passenger sustained any injuries, and advised the driver had attempted to make a right turn onto Conrad Road but missed and hit the ditch instead. The vehicle was towed out and able to be driven home. The matter has been referred to ICBC and the superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

Impaired driving

Late on Jan. 15, police witnessed an impaired driver on Wharf Avenue and the Sunshine Coast Highway, Sechelt, over-correcting on turns, having trouble staying in their lane, failing to signal and speeding. Police initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the lone driver, noting an unopened can of alcohol in the centre console, and gave the driver a roadside alcohol screening test. After two warn results, the driver was issued a three-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded as well. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.

Found property

On Jan. 17, passports and birth certificates in a fabric holder found near Blower Road and the Sunshine Coast Highway, Roberts Creek, were turned in. As per policy, the Canadian passports were returned to Passport Canada, however the two birth certificates will be kept for 90 days, pending the owners coming forward. Police file number is 2022-370.