• On Aug. 7, it was reported that two locked e-bikes were stolen from inside an apartment building on Inlet Avenue in Sechelt. Two male suspects who were well known to police were identified through video surveillance, have been arrested and are being held for court. The bike owner was able to locate his bikes with the help of local residents who assisted in the investigation. If anyone has any further information or further video surveillance relating to this bike theft, please call the RCMP.
Stolen Bike Located
• Overnight on Aug. 4, a suspect stole a pink Garneau Trust model mountain bike from behind a residence in the 900 block of Davis Road, Gibsons. Police recovered the bike in a trail off the 500 block of Mahan Road and located a known male who was arrested on an outstanding warrant related to a separate matter. The bike was seized and has been returned to the owner.
• On Aug. 3, at approximately 7 p.m., police received calls reporting sounds of shots fired in the 1800 block of Lockyer Road, Roberts Creek. One witness was able to provide a specific location and police located a number of males target shooting. The properly licensed firearms owner and his friends were advised to cease their activities given the dry conditions and risk of wildfires, clean up their spent shell casings, and dismantle their target practice setup.
• On Aug. 4, Gibsons Volunteer Fire Department requested assistance with an illegal burn reported in the 1100 block of Twin Isles Drive, Gibsons. Police attended and met with a GVFD member and the property owner who had started a small campfire. The owner was reminded of the provincewide ban on campfires and of the extremely dry conditions and issued a violation ticket under the Wildfire Act which carries a fine of $1,150.
Theft from Vehicle
• Sometime between Aug. 4 and 5, a suspect gained entry to a locked vehicle parked at a business in the 800 block of Gibsons Way, Gibsons, and stole a Sirius satellite radio system and GPS. Police have reviewed security camera footage which captured the incident and have identified a potential suspect. The file is still under investigation.
• On Aug. 3, a Coast resident reported falling for the popular “Microsoft” scam after receiving a pop-up message while downloading a document. The message, which appeared just as the resident’s computer seemed to freeze, claimed the user’s computer was at risk and that they should call the posted number immediately for computer-tech assistance. The resident called as directed and as the resident watched, the “tech” appeared to be able to unfreeze the resident’s computer. The resident was then convinced to open up their online bank accounts and questioned extensively about their online financial habits, which made the resident realize this was suspicious and hung up. The resident contacted all of their financial institutions and cancelled their accounts and requested new bank and credit cards as well. This is a very common and long-standing type of scam. To learn more about this and other popular scams, and the red flags to be alert for, please visit sites such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org.
• On Aug. 4, police attended a single-vehicle incident in the 11900 block of Highway 101, Madeira Park, after the inexperienced rider failed to negotiate a sharp corner on their scooter and collided into the guard rail. The rider, who was thrown off the scooter, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Sechelt Hospital for treatment. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
Hit and Run
• On Aug. 3 at approximately 1:30 p.m., a hit and run was reported in the 5500 block of Inlet Avenue, Sechelt, after the first vehicle abruptly slammed on their brakes and was rear-ended by the second vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle remained on the scene but the first vehicle driver drove away without stopping to exchange information with the second driver. The second driver could only obtain the first half of the grey sedan’s licence plate and described the driver as a male in his fifties wearing a green ball cap. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2021-5263. The file is still under investigation.
• REMINDER: The Online Crime Reporting (OCR) system is available for incidents that have occurred on the Sunshine Coast where you have lost, had stolen, or sustained property or vehicle damage that costs less than $5,000 to replace or repair. The OCR system is also appropriate for driving complaints that are not in progress. For complete details, please visit ocre-sielc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/sunshinecoast/en or enter “Online Crime Reporting Sunshine Coast” in your search engine.
• On August 3, a child’s bike found in Sechelt was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2021-5264.
– Const. Karen Whitby, Sunshine Coast RCMP