RCMP investigating bike shop smash-and-grab

Report arrests made in other recent cases

Sunshine Coast RCMP are investigating the early-morning theft of a high-end mountain bike from a downtown Sechelt shop.

Staff Sgt. Poppy Hallam said a resident of the area called police around 3:20 a.m. on Sept. 6 to report hearing glass being broken.

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When RCMP officers arrived they found the front window of Off The Edge on Wharf Avenue had been smashed and the bike that was on display gone.

It’s described as a bright green Norco Aurum valued at more than $3,500. Hallam said damage to the storefront is estimated at around $3,000.

According to Hallam, investigators pursued a promising lead shortly after the crime, but it didn’t result in an arrest or the recovery of the bicycle. Police are now hoping for the public’s assistance in tracking down the bike and the people who took it.

RCMP are also reviewing security camera footage and are asking any businesses with video surveillance systems who haven’t already been in touch with RCMP to check their images from the time of the incident and contact police.

If you have information, call the detachment at 604-885-2266 and refer to file 2019-6188.

A bike identical to this Norco Aurum was stolen from the Off The Edge bike shop in downtown Sechelt Sept. 6. RCMP are asking anyone who sees the distinctive bike, or has information on the theft to contact the Sunshine Coast detachment. - Sunshine Coast RCMP

Hallam said while no arrest has been made yet in the bike shop theft, RCMP now have a 49-year-old Sechelt woman in custody and facing charges in connection with a number of recent resident break-ins.

As well, a man has been arrested following recent reports of vehicle break-ins and attempted break-ins in the area around Sechelt Municipal Hall.

Hallam said a vehicle parked at the Aquatic Centre was broken into between Sept. 3 and 4 and several items were taken, including credit and debit cards. A suspect was identified based on security video that showed him using the stolen debit card at a local business.

Meanwhile, a man was arrested around 5 p.m. on Sept. 4 after police were called about a man seen trying door handles on vehicles at the Sechelt Public Library parking lot. When that suspect was arrested, RCMP found he was the same man in the video and a search turned up items from the vehicle that was broken into.

The man is now charged with theft, fraud and possession of stolen property.

Hallam said investigators are also making progress in the recent break-ins and vandalism at homes in the evacuated Seawatch neighbourhood after security camera photos led to the identification of possible suspects.


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