Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for July 22 to 29:
• On July 24, a very distinctive bike was found in the 5500 block of Periwinkle Lane, Sechelt. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Reference police file 2018-4984.
Littering/Unsafe Disposal of Cigarette
• On July 25, a witness reported a male driving a red pickup truck near the corner of Fitchett Road and Veterans Road, Gibsons tossing a lit cigarette out his window. The cigarette smouldered until the witness extinguished it. Police will be following up with the registered owner of the truck and remind everyone to be extra cautious with disposal of their cigarettes during this very dry season. Besides the potential harm to public and property, there are large fines associated to causing wildfires. For the latest fine info, see www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/about-bcws/governance/legislation-regulations/summary-of-fines.
Theft of Diesel
• Overnight on July 25, a suspect stole a large amount of diesel fuel from an excavator parked in the 6040 block of Silverstone Lane, Sechelt. It appears the thief used a Tidy Tank to siphon the fuel. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference file 2018-5017. The file is still under investigation.
• Late on July 16, a witness reported a number of youth in Dougall Park in the 500 block of Gower Point Road, Gibsons, lighting a fire next to the public washrooms. Police and the Gibsons Fire Department attended and located a plastic garbage bag full of paper that had been lit. The fire, which reached about three feet in height, was put out safely and no other damage was reported.
• On July 27, a Coast resident reported mischief at the wharf at the end of Hopkins Road at Marine Drive, Gibsons, after discovering a chunk of wood missing from the railing. The resident also advised about ongoing issues with partying and drinking on the wharf late at night. Police will be stepping up patrols in the area.
• On July 28, police attended a single-vehicle incident in the 4600 block of Beaumont Road, Garden Bay, after a Learner Driver decided to go for a drive on his own and lost control on a gravel road, ending up in the ditch. The driver was unhurt but the vehicle sustained significant damage and had to be towed from the scene. The driver, who was not impaired, was issued violation tickets for driving contrary to restriction and driving without consideration. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On July 27, police initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle associated to an invalid driver on Lagoon Road near Sangster Road, Madeira Park. Upon speaking with the driver, police noticed the driver showing signs of alcohol impairment. The driver was given and failed a roadside alcohol screening test and was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days and he was issued a violation ticket for no driver’s licence. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.
• On July 27, police attended a single-vehicle incident on Marine Drive near Trant Road, Gibsons, after a witness reported seeing a vehicle in the ditch. Police located the empty vehicle and contacted the owner, who advised that he’d just found out that his vehicle was seen rolling backwards down Marine Drive. Fortunately, the errant vehicle didn’t strike anyone or any property, and was towed and returned home with minimal damage.
Theft of Mail
• On July 30, a Coast resident reported finding mail strewn about on Chaster Road near Shaw Road, Gibsons. Police attended the location and found a large quantity of mail, including packages, for a number of different addresses, most of which had been opened. Canada Post has been notified and the file is still under investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference file 2018-5168.
– Sunshine Coast RCMP