RCMP: Scammers still active

Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for April 1 to 8:

Fraud/Scam

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• On April 5, a Coast resident reported responding to an email regarding her pension. The resident gave the scammer her banking information and then followed their instructions to purchase a large amount of iTunes gift cards and deliver them to a provided address by UPS. The resident’s spouse noted the large sum of money missing from their account and was able to warn the resident this was likely a scam. Fortunately, the resident hadn’t sent the iTunes cards away, so may be able to get a refund. To learn more about this and other common scams, please visit sites such as the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

Break and Enter

• On April 3, police attended a break and enter to Spin Cycles in Gibsons after a front door was discovered open after hours. It appears the suspect gained entry through an unlocked rear door. Staff confirmed that an expensive bike, lights, tools and cash were all stolen. Anyone with any information about this break and enter is asked to contact RCMP, reference file 2019-1933.

• On April 4 at approximately 3:30 a.m., a suspect set off an alarm at a business in the 5700 block of Cowrie Street, Sechelt, by smashing a window. Surveillance video captured the male suspect entering the premises and stealing several packages of Number Seven brand Red and Blue cigarettes and Next brand Gold and Red cigarettes. The suspect, who had a thin to medium build, appeared to be wearing black dress shoes, a black three-quarter length “pea-coat” and a hoodie underneath. Anyone with any information about this break and enter is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file number 2019-1949. The file is still under investigation.

• Overnight on April 2, a suspect gained entry to a business in the 600 block of Park Road, Gibsons, by breaking a rear door. The suspect does not appear to have stolen anything but left behind some food and clothing items.

• Overnight on April 5, a suspect gained entry to a vehicle parked in the 5600 block of Wharf Avenue, Sechelt, and stole a black backpack containing a silver MacBook Air laptop computer, some Mexican pesos, and a phone charger. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-1987.

• Late on April 7, a witness reported two suspects attempting to break into community mailboxes located near the intersection of Kwatamus Avenue and Slim Street, Sechelt. Police attended and noted some compromised mail compartments and some keys left behind by the suspects. Canada Post has been notified and the file is still under investigation.

Hit and Run Vehicle Collision

• On April 2 at around 2:45 p.m., a witness reported a hit and run that occurred in a parking lot in the 5500 block of Highway 101, Sechelt. The suspect vehicle struck a parked car while reversing, denting a side door, and left the scene without stopping or leaving a note for the other vehicle driver. As the witness had obtained the suspect vehicle’s licence plate, police were able to locate the suspect driver at his residence. The driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to remain at a motor vehicle incident. The matter has been referred to ICBC.

• On April 5, an off-duty police officer witnessed a vehicle sideswipe a parked vehicle in the 400 block of Marine Drive, Gibsons, partially removing the bumper off its frame. The vehicle driver did not stop or get out of his vehicle. On-duty police located the vehicle and spoke with the driver who advised he was aware of the incident but didn’t have a phone to call anyone about it. The driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to stop after a collision. The matter has been referred to ICBC.

Found Property

• On April 2, a man’s jacket that had been found on the road near Dolphin Street and Inlet Avenue, Sechelt, was turned in. The jacket, which is in good condition, contained some personal items as well. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2019-1915.

• On April 2, a wallet that had been found in the 1000 block of Gibsons Way, Gibsons, was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2019-1916.

• On April 2, foreign currency found on public transportation was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2019-1918.

• On April 8, a bike that had been found in the 5700 block of Dolphin Street, Sechelt, was turned in. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description. Please reference police file 2019-2031.

• On April 8, some Canadian cash was found on the road in West Sechelt. Owner may claim with detailed description within 90 days. Please reference police file 2019-2042.

Theft

• On April 2, a Sunshine Coast resident reported a theft that had occurred a couple of weeks prior when his vehicle was parked at Sechelt Hospital. The vehicle windows had been left partially open for his dog, and a suspect reached in and stole a small, black, rectangular box. The box contained photos of family, the resident’s mill, and the resident’s time in the armed forces. Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference file 2019-1886.

• Overnight on April 2, a suspect stole a bicycle from a residence in the 5700 block of Salmon Drive, Sechelt. The bike is described as a women’s 24 speed white Trek with blue writing on the frame. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference file 2019-1908.

– Sunshine Coast RCMP

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