Police Report: Resident bilked by ‘gold shipment’ scam

Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for May 16 to 25:

On May 21, a Coast resident reported a fraud after responding to a social media invitation to partake in an “investment opportunity” last fall. The resident was told that if he paid for the shipping of some gold, he would receive a dividends cheque in return. The resident has since made a large sum of multiple credit card payments for “shipping” and not received any kind of cheque. To learn more about the most common scams, including investment scams, and how to protect yourself from them, please visit sites such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org. This file is still under investigation.

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Theft

• Overnight on May 16, a suspect stole a chainsaw from an unsecured storage unit behind a residence in the 5700 block of Kwatamus Avenue, Sechelt. The stolen chainsaw is described as a Stihl model 461 with a 36-inch bar, black West Coast dogs and a skip tooth chain. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-3163.

• On May 20, a Coast resident lost her bank card in the 900 block of Gibsons Way, Gibsons, and by the time she reported it to her bank, it was discovered to have been used at a number of businesses nearby. Police will be reviewing security footage and the file is still under investigation.

• On May 21, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., a suspect stole a Brutus Maxtork Ace line hauler with attached bulldog from a boat parked in the 2300 block of Sasaler Road, Gambier Island. No other theft or damage was reported.

Break and Enter

• Between May 12 and 19, suspects gained entry to a residence in the 8300 block of Redrooffs Road, Halfmoon Bay, and stole a large number of items, including three mattresses, a bunk bed frame, a small blue tool box, a Dewalt hand-held blower, one eagle wood carving, two face wood carvings, a stereo and keys. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-3178.

• On May 25, police attended a series of break and enters to building sites in the 6000 block of Kingbird Avenue, Sechelt. The suspects pried open doors to gain access and stole several wooden boxes of Beonstone “grapho” grey facade stone tiles. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2020-3276.

Collision

• On May 22, police attended an incident involving a single motorcycle after a rider went into the ditch in the 11400 block of Highway 101, Madeira Park. The rider, who sustained major but non-life-threatening injuries, was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital. Witness accounts suggest speed and rider inexperience were factors. The damaged motorcycle was towed and the matter has been referred to ICBC.

• On May 22, witnesses reported a possible impaired driver on Highway 101 near Havies Road, Sechelt, after a vehicle was seen drifting in its lane, crossing into the oncoming lane, then driving off the road and into a ditch. Police located the driver, who was determined not to be impaired but advised he’d fallen asleep at the wheel. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved. The vehicle, which sustained significant front-end damage, was towed from the scene and the matter has been referred to ICBC.

Impaired Driving

• On May 23, a possible impaired driver was reported in the 12600 block of Highway 101, Madeira Park, after a vehicle seen with its front end stuck up on a cement block suddenly reversed at high speed across the highway, narrowly missing another vehicle, and ended up in a ditch. The driver, who advised police she’d consumed alcohol earlier in the day, was given a roadside alcohol screening test. After two fail results, the driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.

• On May 25, a possible impaired driver was reported after a vehicle was witnessed tailgating and driving at erratic speeds along Highway 101 to the Langdale ferry terminal. Police located the suspect who was displaying signs of possible impairment from alcohol. The suspect was given and failed a roadside alcohol screening test and was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.

Found Property

• On May 19, two bags of golf clubs were turned in to the police. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2020-3156.

• On May 21, a cellphone found in Gibsons was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2020-3194.

– Const. Karen Whitby, Sunshine Coast RCMP

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