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Possible illegal clam harvesting in Tuwanek: Police report

Impaired driving, another mailbox break-in and iPads stolen from Sechelt business – here's what the police reported last week.
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Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following the week of May 2 to 9.

On May 6, police were advised that two people were illegally harvesting clams on the beach in Tuwanek. Witnesses provided the licence plates to two vehicles associated. One of the vehicles was stopped and searched as it left the area but no shellfish were located. Driver was warned about trespassing and the Fisheries Act violation.

Impaired driving

On May 5 at 11:45 p.m., the RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver swerving and driving erratically. The vehicle was located by police with the engine running in a parking lot in Port Mellon. The driver was asleep in the driver’s seat, clutching a can of beer. The driver provided two breath samples that both showed a fail result and subsequently he was served a 90-day licence suspension and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

On May 6 at 11:30 p.m., while conducting patrols in Gibsons, a police officer noticed a vehicle about to exit a parking lot, before the driver appeared to see the marked police car. The vehicle then parked in a parking spot but no one exited the vehicle. Upon approach, police noted two occupants in the vehicle and in speaking with the driver, detected a strong odour of liquor. Driver provided two breath samples that both showed a fail result. The driver who was a Class 7 New Driver, was issued a 90-day driving suspension and the vehicle, which was not theirs, was impounded for 30 days.

Break and enter

On May 11, Sunshine Coast RCMP received a report that 17 iPads, some chargers and microphones had been stolen from a business in Sechelt. The rear door appears to have been pried open sometime overnight. Police are continuing to investigate. If anyone has any information about this break and enter or where the iPads can be recovered, please call 604-885-2266 or email

Mischief to mailbox

Sometime in the evening of May 5, the post office box was pried open at Garden Bay Road and Casano Road in Garden Bay. Two parcel boxes had been pried open, unknown if anything was stolen from them. If anyone observed this incident or has any information, please contact the RCMP at 604-885-2266.


On May 8, the RCMP received a report of a theft of clothing from a clothing store in Gibsons. Police reviewed video surveillance that showed the suspect entering a vehicle parked outside. The police officers attended the suspect’s address and found them home, wearing the stolen item. It was determined that a criminal charge would not be recommended and instead the incident would be dealt with privately.