Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for April 21 to 29:
• On April 24, a Coast resident reported his sailboat missing or stolen from its mooring off Dunham Road, Port Mellon. The sailboat is described as a white 26-footer with the name Misty and letters RVYC on the rear. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-2346.
Theft of Motor Home
• Sometime between April 18 and 21, a suspect stole a 1979 white GMC motorhome from a parking lot in the 1500 block of Field Road, Sechelt. The motorhome had expired B.C. licence plate KRK994 on the front and was missing its battery. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-2325.
• On April 23, a witness reported a vehicle stopping, starting, and swerving in its lane while eastbound on Gibsons Way. The witness followed the vehicle into lower Gibsons but had lost sight of it by the time police arrived. Police then spotted the vehicle again and initiated a traffic stop. The driver, who was exhibiting possible signs of intoxication, was given a roadside alcohol screening test. After a “warn” result, the driver was issued a three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.
Single Vehicle Crash
• On April 23, police attended a single-vehicle incident on Highway 101 near Bryan Road, Madeira Park after a passerby reported a vehicle off the road. The driver advised that a heavy load in the back of the vehicle had shifted unexpectedly, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and go off road into a cement barrier. The vehicle sustained significant damage and had to be towed from the scene. The driver did not report any injuries but was advised to get a medical assessment once he’d returned to his home off Coast. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On April 23, a Coast resident reported a fraud after she received an email purportedly from Netflix advising her that her monthly payment had not gone through. The resident provided her credit card information but soon after, felt that the entire exchange felt suspicious and contacted her bank to cancel her card. The bank confirmed someone had taken a small amount of money from the resident’s account, then attempted a significantly larger withdrawal, which was fortunately declined due to the resident contacting the bank so quickly. Police remind everyone to be very wary of whom you provide with your personal and financial information. To learn more about common scams and how to protect yourself from falling for 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.
• Sometime since early April, a suspect stole an outboard motor off a boat that had been stored in the 7100 block of Old School Trail, Egmont. The 2017 outboard motor, which belongs to the local volunteer fire department, is a 15-horsepower and has a serial number of OR784202. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-2414.
• On April 29, police attended a theft report at a business in the 5600 block of Cowrie Street, Sechelt, after staff witnessed the suspect putting several items into his pockets and bag without paying for them. Staff tried to detain the suspect, described as an Indigenous male in his 40s wearing a black jacket and hat, but he fled the premises. Staff managed to obtain a photo of the suspect and police are also reviewing surveillance footage. The file is still under investigation.
• Overnight on April 26, a suspect attempted to gain entry to a trailer located in the 9300 block of Jorgensen Place, Halfmoon Bay, but did not succeed. During the same time frame, it is believed the same suspect gained entry to an unsecured garage in the same area and stole several tools including two drills, a box of drill bits, and a table saw. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file number 2019-2404.
• On April 24, a suspect stole a laptop from a business in the 5600 block of Cowrie Street, Sechelt. The stolen laptop is described as a black Acer. Police are reviewing video surveillance footage. Anyone with any information is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file number 2019-2349.
• On April 24, a women's jacket was found in front of the RCMP Sunshine Coast office in Gibsons. The owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description of jacket and pocket contents. Please reference police file 2019-2355.
• On April 24, a bike that had been found in downtown Sechelt was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2019-2347.
– Const. Karen Whitby, Sunshine Coast RCMP