Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for March 28 to April 4:
On March 30, a resident on Geer Road in Selma Park reported finding what appeared to be an old grenade in the garden. Police attended and sent a photo of the object to the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit for analysis. RCMP EDU then directed RCMP to the joint-force military unit out of Comox, who in turn advised they would attend to seize and dispose of the item. Police remind the public if they should ever find any suspicious items that appear to be any type of explosive, to leave it where it is and contact RCMP immediately.
Break and Enter
• Overnight on April 3, a suspect attempted to break into a business in the 5600 block of Wharf Avenue, Sechelt, by heating a glass door, likely with a blowtorch, in an attempt to break the glass. The glass shattered but remained intact and the suspect fled before gaining any access to the premises. Police are reviewing surveillance video. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2021-2108.
• On April 4, a witness reported a suspect cutting firewood illegally in the 15400 block of Highway 101, Madeira Park. Police attended the scene and located a truck loaded with fresh cut wood and an assortment of cutting tools. The owner of the truck and equipment was located and determined not to hold any valid permits to cut or transfer wood from Crown land. The truck owner was issued a violation ticket for removing Crown timber without authority and required to unload the wood at the scene.
Theft from job site
• On March 24, a male suspect was caught on surveillance video stealing a large power cord from a property in the 900 block of Woodsworth Road, Gibsons. Police are attempting to identify the suspect.
• Early on March 20, a suspect gained access to a lock box located at a building in the 600 block of Hough Road, Gibsons. The suspect destroyed the lock box in order to get to the key inside but does not appear to have used the key to gain further access to any other buildings.
Theft from vehicle
• Overnight on March 31, a suspect gained entry to a vehicle parked in the 5700 block of Ebbtide Street, Sechelt, and stole a large number of assorted music equipment, including two dark cloth bags full of microphones, cords, an AS 33 Acoustic Chorus amplifier, and a Fishman Platinum Pro EQ/EI #3301 preamp pedal. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2021-2035.
Hit and Run
• Late on April 4, a hit and run occurred in the 5800 block of Sechelt Inlet Road, Sechelt, after the first vehicle attempted to make a left turn onto Big Bear Circle when the second vehicle behind it sped up and passed the first vehicle on the left. The resulting collision damaged the first vehicle’s front driver’s side bumper and likely caused some damage to the suspect vehicle’s passenger side as well. The suspect vehicle, described as a small grey car, possibly with an N on it, drove off without stopping to exchange information with the first vehicle driver. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2021-2147.
• On March 30, police attended a two-vehicle incident on Highway 101 at Selma Park Road, Sechelt. The unimpaired first driver advised he’d been travelling north when he looked away for a moment and collided into the back of the second vehicle. The two drivers exchanged information and the second vehicle driver left the scene before police arrival. No serious injuries were reported but the first vehicle was undriveable due to damage and had to be towed. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On April 5, police witnessed a vehicle westbound on Gibsons Way near Pratt Road, Gibsons, make a wide turn without signalling. Police followed the vehicle, noting it swerving and failing to maintain its lane, and initiated a traffic stop. Police noted the driver exhibiting signs of possible impairment from alcohol and gave him a roadside alcohol-screening test. After two fail results, the driver was issued a 90- day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.
• On March 30, a distinctive cell phone found in the Trail Bay Mall parking lot in Sechelt was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2021-2010.
– Const. Karen Whitby, Sunshine Coast RCMP