Thieves target Sechelt businesses and vehicles

Police Report

Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Sept. 2 to 9:


• Early on Sept. 4, police attended a break and enter at a business in the 6100 block of Ripple Way, Sechelt. The suspect smashed a window to gain access and ransacked an office, stealing a cash box and damaging more property before leaving the site. The suspect also stole a Kenwood irrigation radio and charger, a STIHL leaf blower/vacuum, and some new Mastercraft tools including an impact gun, air hammer, and ratchet. The file is still under investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-6112.
• On Sept. 6 at around 3:20 a.m., a break and enter occurred at a business in the 5500 block of Wharf Avenue, Sechelt. Police located a rock that had been thrown through a window and noted an empty space in a display. Staff confirmed that a small adult size lime green Norco “AURUM” mountain bike had been stolen. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-6188.
• On Sept. 5, a break and enter was reported at a residence in the 4600 block of Whitaker Road, Davis Bay. The owner drove by and noticed an outside light on and when he went inside, noticed furniture had been moved, some items were missing, and a used towel was hanging in the bathroom. There was no sign of the suspect but fingerprints were located inside and were sent off for analysis. The next day, police located a suspect on an unrelated file and noted some of the stolen property in her residence. The suspect was arrested and the file is still under investigation.

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• Overnight on Sept. 8, a suspect gained entry to a business located in the 13800 block of Sunshine Coast Highway, Pender Harbour. The suspect appears to have pried a window to gain access and ransacked the premises, stealing an unknown amount of cash and liquor bottles. Police are reviewing security video. The file is still under investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-6260.

Theft from Vehicle

• Overnight on Sept. 3, a suspect gained entry to a locked vehicle parked in the 5600 block of Wharf Avenue, Sechelt, and stole a number of items including a red and black Milwaukee impact driver. Some of the items were located nearby. The suspect was able to force the door lock open, but did not damage the vehicle.

• On Sept. 4, a suspect gained entry to an unlocked vehicle parked in the 5500 block of Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt, and stole a bank card. The owner checked his bank account and noted the card had been used multiple times within a short period at a couple of local businesses. Surveillance footage showed the suspect using the tap function to make his purchases and police were able to identify him. The suspect was located and arrested for possession of stolen property, fraud, and theft. The suspect was released on a promise to appear for court. The file is still under investigation.
• Overnight on Sept. 4, a suspect gained entry to an unlocked vehicle parked in the 5500 block of Inlet Avenue, Sechelt, and stole a pair of sunglasses and the owner’s manual.

Bear Bait?
• Overnight on Sept. 3, a Coast resident reported an attempted theft from his vehicle parked in the 11500 block of Highway 101, Madeira Park, after finding the tailgate latch and rear bumper damaged. Upon further inspection, police determined that a bear had scratched and bitten the tailgate and lock, likely attracted by the scent of the prawn bait that had been stored in the vehicle earlier.

Fraud

• On Sept. 3, a Coast resident reported a possible fraud after attempting to sell furniture on a popular online classifieds site. The resident had been communicating by text with an interested “buyer” in Quebec and eventually the “buyer” sent the resident a cheque for the furniture. The resident took the suspicious looking cheque to his bank, which confirmed the cheque was fake. The resident is not out any money or property so was referred to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to learn more about popular frauds like this. Please visit sites such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org.

Bike Theft
• On Sept. 3, a suspect stole an electric bike from in front of a business in the 5600 block of Inlet Avenue, Sechelt. The blue EVOX brand e-bike, which was not secured to the rack, had a basket and panniers containing a number of personal items inside. Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact RCMP, reference police file 2019-6106.

Collision

• On Sept. 4, police attended a three-vehicle motor vehicle incident on Norwest Bay Road near Mason Road, Sechelt. The first two vehicles were stopped at the four-way stop when the third vehicle collided into the second vehicle, which then collided into the first. Drivers for both the first two vehicles were taken to Sechelt Hospital for treatment and assessment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the third vehicle, who advised he’d been driving over the posted 30 km per hour and wasn’t paying attention, stated that the brakes on the vehicle had failed. The driver was served a notice and order for the brakes and a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention. Two of the vehicles had to be towed from the scene due to damage. The matter has been referred to ICBC.

Found Property

• On Sept. 3, a Coast resident reported finding a moving dolly in the bushes in the 5600 block of Dolphin Street, Sechelt. Owner may claim with detailed description within 90 days. Please reference police file number 2019-6077.

• On Sept. 6, a women’s ring was turned into RCMP. The ring had been found in Dougall Park, Gibsons. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description, reference police file 2019-6202.
 

Const. Karen Whitby, Sunshine Coast RCMP

 

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