Crime Watch Report - March 5 to 11, 2019

DetectiveDuring this time period the Oceanside RCMP received 235 complaints.

1) File 2019-1987: On March 5th the City of Parksville reported a mischief had occurred overnight at the Parksville Community Park with an oak tree cut down overnight. Replacement value of the 20 year old tree is over $3,500. The investigation is continuing.

2) File 2019-1998: On March 5th, RCMP received a report of theft of firewood near the 4500 block of Crosley Road, Bowser. It was alleged that firewood was being taken from property belonging to the Ministry of Forestry. Suspect was identified and the event is being handled by the Province.

3) File 2019-2030: On March 6th it was reported to police that a resident received a call that they had been “hacked” and needed to provide the caller with $2,000 of iTunes cards on March 1st, 2019. The resident complied. Regretfully RCMP had to inform that they were scammed.

4) File 2019-2035: On March 6th a bike was reported stolen from a bike rack in front of a business in the 800 block of Island Highway West, Parksville. The stolen bike is described as a black Free Agent BMX, Ambush model, 24” race style tires, 3 locks hanging on bike with a value of $400. Please phone the Oceanside RCMP if this bike is spotted.

5) File 2019-2059: On March 7th, a business in the 400 block of Stanford Avenue, Parksville, reported that during the previous night someone drilled a hole in the gas tank of a vehicle on the property for fuel.

6) File 2019-2064: A theft from a motor vehicle was reported on March 7th in the 700 block of Ermineskin Avenue, Parksville. Stolen was a black back pack containing two hand held scanners used to identify lotter tickets.

7) File 2019-2067: On March 7th while investigating the above file RCMP identified the driver’s door of a neighbouring car had also been entered. It was reported by that owner that nothing was taken.

8) File 2019-2070: On March 7th RCMP were called to a business in the 2300 block of Alberni Highway, Coombs. Upon arrival police arrested a male and further discovered that the suspect was wanted on warrants out of Nanaimo and Port Alberni. Suspect was detained until court appearance the next day.

9) File 2019-2076: RCMP received a report of a suspicious motor home parked in the bush off the northbound lanes of Highway 19 before Exit 60. Investigation revealed that the vehicle was stolen from Nanaimo in January 2019. The vehicle had significant damage to the interior.

10) File 2019-2080: On March 7th a resident in the 200 block of Lodgepole Drive, Parksville, reported two suspicious people. Police arrived and found two people smoking meth with the issue dealt with by attending RCMP.

11) File 2019-2082: On March 7th RCMP were called to a business in the 300 block of Island Highway West, Parksville, who reported a male had stolen the tip container. Police were provided with video surveillance which resulted in the identification of the male suspect and charges pending.

12) File 2019-2085: On March 8th Police responded to an alarm at a business in the 6800 block of Island Highway West, Bowser. The thief broke into the premises through a side door. The male made off with lottery tickets and cigarettes. Video surveillance from the scene has been invaluable in moving the investigation along.

13) File 2019-2093: On March 8th an employee reported damage to Canada Post mailboxes located in the 800 block of Barclay Crescent, Parksville. It did not appear that nay mail had been stolen.

14) File 2019-2113: On March 8th, RCMP was called by First Responders due to an overdose in the 300 block of Craig Street, Parksville. Unresponsive adult was revived by First Responders but residents were uncooperative. One adult was taken to Nanaimo for further treatment.

15) File 2019-2116: On March 8th during a routine traffic stop on Smithers Road, Parksville issued a violation ticket under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act as cannabis was not properly stored away from the driver.

16) File 2019-2128: On March 9th a business in the 200 block of Island Highway East, Parksville, reported a thief broke a padlock and stole an empty propane tank. The business reported that approximately twelve tanks have been stolen from the same cage over the past couple of months though the majority have been recovered. Police were able to access video surveillance to assist in the investigation.

17) File 2019-2142: On March 9th a business in the 100 block of Morrison Avenue, Parksville, reported theft of the employee tip jar. Based on the description RCMP found a male matching the description at another business a few blocks away however the suspect escaped through as side door. The RCMP feels they have identified the thief as the investigation continues.

18) File 2019-2146: On March 9th RCMP completed a traffic stop of a vehicle for speeding failing to stop for stop signs at Stanford Avenue and Corfield Street, Parksville. The vehicle operator was issued violation tickets for no driver’s license, fail to obey a traffic control device and for liquor in a motor vehicle.

19) File 2019-2191: On March 11th an unlocked vehicle was rummaged through while parked in a driveway in the 500 block of Doehle Avenue, Parksville. Nothing was reported damaged or stolen.

20) File 2019-2195: On March 11th a shoplifter was identified at a business sin the 700 block of Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach. The thief grabbed some deli and bakery items, placed in a plastic bag and left the store without paying. The thief returned again, was recognized by staff and was arrested by Police.

21) File 2019-2194: On March 11th a resident reported their unlocked vehicle was rummaged through in the 200 block of Hickey Avenue, Parksville. Some coins and old sunglasses were the only items reported missing.

22) File 2019-2199: On March 11th a motorist in the 1000 block of Osprey Way, Parksville, reported the theft of the BC license plate validation decal number 14790809. Please report to police if you see this validity sticker on a license plate.

Please phone 9-1-1 If you see a crime in progress. Should you have information regarding an incident please phone the Oceanside RCMP non-emergency number at 250-248-6111 during regular office hours 8:30 AM to 4:40 PM weekdays except holidays, outside of business hours phone 250-248-6111 extension 7, or phone Crime Stoppers.