Struck by Rocks
On Dec. 18, at approximately 7:30pm, multiple vehicles were struck by large rocks thrown by a male in the 5400 block of Matukwum Lane and Sunshine Coast Highway in Sechelt. A 49-year-old Sechelt male was arrested by police and will be facing charges of Mischief over $5,000.
“Thankfully, the drivers of these vehicles were able to steer to safety and did not collide with any other cars. It was dark out, and this is a busy section of the highway. There could have been tragic consequences,” said Cst. Karen Whitby.
Police have spoken to three people whose cars were damaged that night. If anyone else was victimized or has information, please call the RCMP at 604-885-2266, File 2020-8708 relates.
Dog mistakenly shot
On Dec. 20, at 3:30 pm, police were called to a rural residence in Halfmoon Bay after a domestic dog was shot by a neighbour with a shotgun.
Police spoke to the neighbour, who said he thought the dog was a coyote going after his chickens. Luna, the nine month old Husky, was rushed to the veterinarian but died from her injuries. Police are continuing to investigate and will work with their partners at BC Conservation Service and the SPCA.
On Dec. 21, a coast resident reported falling for a popular scam after responding to unsolicited messages she received through a popular social media site. The scammer told the resident she was eligible for a Canadian Government Grant program and that if she paid the “administration fees” in iTunes cards, then she would receive back one hundred times the gift cards value in cash. Fortunately, a friend of the resident found out about this and so prevented the resident from giving the scammer the gift card activation codes. Police remind the public to be wary of offers that seem too good to be true, especially “investment” type schemes. Learn more about the red flags to watch out for, please visit sites such as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.
Transit driver locates missing man
On Dec. 17, at 3:30pm, Sunshine Coast RCMP were notified by family members that a 74-year-old man with dementia had been missing from a residence in Gibsons for several hours.
Family members and police searched the area and reviewed surveillance video from a local business in an attempt to track his movements. Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue was notified, and photos of the man were sent out to BC Transit so that bus drivers along the Sunshine Coast could watch out for
Within 15 minutes of receiving the photo and description of the man, sharp eyed local bus driver Matthew Evans saw the man walking several kilometres from where he had gone missing. Mr. Evans was able to provide information which helped officers to locate the man who thankfully was
“With colder temperatures and darker evenings, if this man had not have been found when he was it could have had a much more serious outcome,” said Cst. Karen Whitby. “We appreciate the help of Mr. Evans and everyone else who assisted in the search, which thankfully resulted in the man being returned to his family.”
Submitted by RCMP