Police Report: Fuel lines cut on school buses in Sechelt

Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for 6 to 13:

• Sometime between Dec. 20 and Jan. 8, a suspect cut the fuel lines on school buses parked in the 5900 block of Cowrie Street, Sechelt. The suspect appears to also have syphoned an unknown amount of gas from the buses as well. Anyone with any information about this mischief and theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-158. Police are also reviewing security video footage.

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Theft of Fuel

• Overnight on Jan. 11, a suspect siphoned gas from a truck that was parked in the 5400 block of Wakefield Road, Sechelt. The owner reported hearing noises around 1:30 a.m. but had not investigated further when the noises stopped. In the morning, the owner found his gas cap on the ground and his tank empty. No other damage or theft was reported. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-237.

Theft

• On Jan. 9, a Coast resident reported a theft of her purse from her motor vehicle after picking up a couple of strangers to give them a lift in downtown Sechelt. The resident had moved her blue rectangular shoulder purse to the back seat to allow the unknown female to sit up front while the unknown male went into the back. The purse contained credit and debit cards, some cash, and a foreign driver’s licence and identification card. Police are reviewing security video footage in an attempt to identify the couple. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-205.

• On Jan. 13 around 2 a.m., several suspects stole the wheels off a 2010 Chevy Silverado that had been parked at a business in the 1600 block of Field Road, Sechelt. Police are reviewing security footage. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-274.

• On Dec. 18, a suspect stole two tabletop hockey games from a business in the 5600 block of Cowrie Street, Sechelt. The table games had been put out in the back of the business briefly while the owner went inside and during that short time, a suspect took both games. The incident was captured on security video and police are reviewing footage in an attempt to identify the suspect. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-215.

• Between Jan. 3 and 8, a suspect stole a bike from a residence in the 5500 block of Ocean Avenue, Sechelt. The bike is described as a Norco, metallic blue with silver mudguards. There was also a metallic prism-coloured bike helmet attached to the bike. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-172.

Hit and Run

• On Jan. 10 at around 7 a.m., a hit and run was reported in the 9100 block of Highway 101, Halfmoon Bay, after a southbound vehicle, described as a lifted black Dodge pickup truck, drifted into the northbound lane and clipped a second vehicle, causing the driver’s side mirror to break off and hit the driver in the head. The black southbound Dodge truck failed to stop to offer any assistance. The northbound driver was able to get to the RCMP detachment, where he was sent to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The file is still under investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-196.

Break and Enter

• On Jan. 10, an attempted break and enter was reported at a residence in the 5500 block of Winter Road, Sechelt. The male suspect tried to open the front door when he noticed a resident on the other side of the door. The suspect made a phone call from the front step and then paced the driveway for a few moments before trying to open the door a second time. Police attended within minutes and made patrols, locating the known male on the highway in West Sechelt, heading to the beach. The suspect was arrested for a variety of offences, and released on an undertaking to attend court. The file is still under investigation.

Fireworks Causes Noise Disturbance

• Late on Jan. 11, residents in the area of Ebbtide Avenue and Hightide Avenue, Sechelt, reported hearing loud bangs and seeing flashes, possibly of gunfire. Police made extensive patrols and determined the shots fired were actually fireworks being set off. Police located two males nearby who denied having used fireworks but were then found to be in possession of a bag full. One of the males then admitted to having shot one off earlier. The fireworks were seized for destruction.

Collision

• On Jan. 12, police attended an abandoned vehicle report in the 8100 block of Northwood Road, Halfmoon Bay that appeared to have been driven into a large boulder. The vehicle had significant damage and tire tracks showed that the driver had done doughnuts on the road before the collision. Police located the driver who admitted to having done the doughnuts before losing control of the vehicle. The driver was issued a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention and advised to have the vehicle removed as soon as possible. The matter has been referred to ICBC.

Shoplifting

• On Jan. 7, a business in the 900 block of Gibsons Way, Gibsons, reported a theft after the suspect tried to leave the premises with unpaid for merchandise. Staff were able to recover the property and advised that the suspect, described as a 40-something Caucasian male with a medium build wearing a bright blue baseball cap with an orange brim, was seen boarding a transit bus. Police pulled the bus over and located the suspect, who is known to police. The male was arrested for theft under $5,000. The file is still under investigation.

– Const. Karen Whitby, Sunshine Coast RCMP

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