Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Jan. 1 to 7:
• On Jan. 1, police noticed a vehicle driving on Highway 101 near Pratt Road, Gibsons, that did not have any working rear taillights. Police initiated a traffic stop and discovered that the driver was also unlicensed. The driver was served an Unlicensed Driver Prohibition and a Violation Ticket for Driving without a Valid Driver’s Licence. The vehicle was impounded for seven days. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.
• On Jan. 2, a Coast resident reported falling victim to a scam after responding to a Kijiji ad. The “seller” told the resident that as the item for sale was in high demand, if the resident wanted to reserve the item, he’d have to pay for the item up front. The resident agreed and sent the seller the funds through an e-transfer, and then made arrangements to pick up the item. When the resident attended the seller’s address, he found no one at home, and all attempts to contact the seller failed. Unfortunately, the resident is unlikely to recoup his money in this situation. See the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org for information.
• On Jan. 4, police attended a three-vehicle incident on Highway 101 at Largo Road, Roberts Creek, after a westbound red minivan with a black Thule box on the top braked suddenly and made a left turn onto Largo Road, apparently to stop at the mailboxes there. The first vehicle following this vehicle was able to brake in time to avoid hitting the red minivan but the second vehicle was unable to stop in time and clipped the first vehicle. This caused the second vehicle to veer into the oncoming lane and clip the third eastbound vehicle. The second vehicle had to be towed from the scene due to damage but no major injuries were reported by any of the vehicle occupants. The file is still under investigation.
• On Jan. 7, police attended a single-vehicle incident in the 12000 block of Highway 101, Madeira Park, after a vehicle was found down an embankment. Police spoke with the sober driver, who had been taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries prior to police arrival. The driver advised while driving southbound, she had rounded a corner on a wet, shady portion of the road and lost traction, spinning out and ending up off road. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On Jan. 6, a suspect vandalized the Madeira Park Harbour Authority office in the 12900 block of Madeira Park Road, by breaking a front window. It doesn’t appear the suspect gained entry to the premises and nothing was stolen. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RCMP.
• On Jan. 6, police initiated a traffic stop on Highway 101 at Chelpi Avenue, Sechelt, with a vehicle driven by a known unlicensed driver and noted the driver exhibiting signs of possible impairment by alcohol. The driver was given a roadside alcohol screening test and after two “fail” results, he was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for thirty days. The driver also received a Violation Ticket for No Driver’s Licence.
On Jan. 7, police recovered some property that had been stashed behind a business in the 5600 block of Wharf Avenue, Sechelt. The property, which includes serving ware and decorative objects, may be claimed by the owner within 90 days with a detailed description. Please reference police file number 2019-140.
• On Jan. 9, a Gibsons resident reported finding a kayak near Keats Island. Owner may claim within 90 days with detailed description, reference file 2019-151.
– Sunshine Coast RCMP