Crime Watch Report - January 26 to February 2, 2018

Detective1) File 2018-731. On January 26, a resident of the Eaglecrest subdivision called to report that the mailboxes had been broken into on the 400 block of Yambury Avenue. As is normally the case with mail theft, it is unknown what was stolen and who was victimized as the amount of mail in the box is unknown.

2) File 2018-823. On January 26, there were several vehicles entered and rummaged through in Nanoose Bay, with small items stolen. The areas targeted were Cross Road, Ida Lane and the 2000 block of Northwest Bay Road.

3) File 2018-828. On January 26, a 15 horsepower outboard motor was stolen from a boat parked on the 200 block of Pioneer Crescent, Parksville. Oceanside RCMP later recovered the outboard after obtaining a search warrant for a home where the outboard was suspected to be.

4) File 2018-848. On January 26, a theft was reported on Resort Drive in Parksville. An unknown suspect stole a Husqvarna ’60’ chainsaw out of the back of a pickup truck parked in front of a residence. The suspect entered the unlocked canopy of the truck to gain access to the chainsaw.

5) File 2018-873. On January 27 at 8:30 p.m., a car fire was reported at the 1200 block of Claymore Road in Qualicum Beach. Upon attendance a stolen 2001 Volkswagen Golf was found totally destroyed. Nobody suspicious was located in the area. The vehicle had been stolen from Hirst Avenue in Parksville earlier in the day.

6) File 2018-888. On January 28, a break and enter was reported from a business located at the 100 block of Fern Road in Qualicum Beach. Stolen from the business was cash, computers and 3 monitors. A query with the computer company revealed that the computers went offline at 6:00 a.m., indicating the time of the theft. The Forensic Identification Section was called to process the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

7) File 2018-938. On January 29, 5:45 p.m., the Oceanside RCMP responded to reports of a vehicle that had been broken into behind a business in the Parksville Industrial Park. The owner was very upset as he had been living out of his vehicle and therefore, thieves made off with many of his possessions. These included a lap top, jewelry and other personal items.

8) File 2018-945. On January 30, just after midnight an alarm was received from the French Creek Shell station. A man had smashed the door and entered the business with a hand truck. Once inside the store the suspect used a tool to forcefully remove the ATM from the wall. The suspect used the hand truck to wheel out the ATM machine to an awaiting vehicle. In total the suspect only needed 75 seconds to commit the crime. The investigation is ongoing.

9) File 2018-964. January 30, a theft from a residence located on the 2500 block of Northwest Bay Road was reported. An unknown suspect had entered an open air lean-to shed located on the side of the home. The thief stole a Husqvarna chainsaw, Champion Generator and Stihl weed eater.

10) File 2018-983. On January 30, the owner of a vehicle parked at Memorial Avenue and Alberni Highway in Qualicum Beach called to report that they had returned to their vehicle to find the window smashed and a Tupperware container with change in it was missing.

11) File 2018-997. On January 31, the owner of a business on Stanford Avenue called to report that someone had cut the chain linked fence to his compound yard. Once inside the compound the unknown suspect stole a whole bunch of scrap wire.

12) File 2018-1087. On the morning of February 2, a report was received that the Parksville museum had been broken into. A suspect broke into the blacksmith exhibit and stole several items including a large anvil and several hammers.