Police Report: Pair arrested in Sechelt for barbecue theft

Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Nov. 18 to 25:

Late on Nov. 23, witnesses reported a break and enter in progress at a business in the 5600 block of Wharf Avenue, Sechelt. Two male suspects were seen loading a barbecue into the back of a dark-coloured pickup truck before driving away. Police, including the Police Dog Services handler, attended the scene and the suspects and vehicle were located on Highway 101 near Norwest Bay Road, Sechelt. The barbecue was recovered and the two suspects were arrested for break and enter to a business. The file is still under investigation.

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• Between Nov. 19 and 22, a suspect broke the lock on a shed in the 5800 block of Reef Road, Sechelt, and stole a large variety of tools and gardening items including a Stihl weedeater, a one-litre fuel can, five-litre red fuel cans, a Craftsman air roofing gun, and a small blue plastic tool box containing a number of hand tools. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-8071.

Theft of Tools

• Overnight on Nov. 21, a suspect gained entry to a vehicle parked in the 4600 block of Whitaker Road, Davis Bay, and stole a large number of tools including a pink leather tool belt, a black leather tool belt, Dewalt laser level, Makita impact drill and batteries. All of the tools were inscribed or etched with variations of S and M, Shore and Marine, Mellisa, and Get Your Own Tools. The suspect also stole a pink booster seat and a rear-view mirror, and damaged the locks and rear hatch lift supports. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-8041.

• On November 20 between 5:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., a suspect stole a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked on Highway 101 near Redrooffs Road, Sechelt. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-8059.

Impaired Driving

• Late on Nov. 23, police witnessed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign on Crucil Road at Gibsons Way, Gibsons. Police initiated a traffic stop and noted the driver exhibiting signs of possible intoxication from alcohol. The driver, who advised she’d consumed alcohol a short time before driving, was given a roadside alcohol screening test. However, despite numerous attempts, the driver failed to provide a proper breath sample. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition for failing to provide a breath sample, a 30-day vehicle impound notice, and a violation ticket for no driver’s licence. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.

• On Nov. 24, police witnessed a possible impaired driver erratically driving south on Wharf Avenue, Sechelt, and then roll through a stop sign onto Inlet Avenue. Police initiated a traffic stop and noted the driver exhibiting signs of possible intoxication from alcohol. The driver was given a roadside alcohol screening test and after two fail results, was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition. The driver’s vehicle was also impounded for 30 days. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.

• On Nov. 25, police initiated a traffic stop with a possible impaired driver in the 500 block of Gibsons Way, Gibsons. The driver, who was exhibiting signs of intoxication from alcohol, advised that he’d consumed alcohol shortly before driving. The driver was given a roadside alcohol screening test and after two fail results, was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition. The driver’s vehicle was also impounded for 30 days. 

Found Property

• On Nov. 20, a cash register found on Ebbtide Street, Sechelt, was turned in. Owner may claim with detailed description within 90 days. Please reference police file 2019-8003.

• On Nov. 20, a phone that had been found in the 700 block of Franklin Road was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2019-8000.

• On Nov. 21, a women’s wallet that had been found in Davis Bay was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2019-8038.

• On Nov. 22, a men’s bike found near Neighbours Park in Lower Gibsons was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2019-8058.

Collision

• Around sunset on Nov. 20, police attended a two-vehicle incident in the 800 block of Marine Drive, Gibsons, after a vehicle attempted to turn left into a driveway and clipped a second oncoming vehicle. Both vehicles sustained significant damage and the second vehicle driver was taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The first vehicle driver reported she had been blinded by the low-lying sun during the turn. The matter has been referred to ICBC.

Unsafe Passing

• On Nov. 24, a witness reported a southbound vehicle on Highway 101 near Field Road, Sechelt, speeding and passing on double solid lines. Police located the vehicle on North Road near Kiwanis Way, Gibsons, and witnessed the vehicle crossing the double solid lines to pass several vehicles. Police initiated a traffic stop and the unimpaired driver advised he was in a hurry to catch the ferry. Police issued the driver a violation ticket for crossing double solid line.

– Const. Karen Whitby, Sunshine Coast RCMP

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