Crime Watch Report - April 21 to 26, 2017

Detective1) File 2017-3170. April 21, A Fraud complaint was received from a department store at the Wembley Centre. A woman had stolen an item from a top shelf of the store and then proceeded to return it for a gift card. After surveillance footage was reviewed, the RCMP quickly identified the female (well known to police) and made an arrest.

2) File 2017-3199. April 22, a member of the Coombs-Hilliers Fire Department called to state that overnight someone had cut the fuel line on his truck and syphoned out the fuel. The location of the theft (the First Responder’s home) left out purposely. What is of concern is that the vehicle was a fully marked Fire Truck and was ready to respond to emergencies. Nobody stated there is a Criminal Ethics Code, but regardless, this hits a new level of low!

3) File 2017-3243. April 23, a business owner on Industrial Way, Parksville called to report a suspicious vehicle across the street from his business. Upon police attendance it was discovered that the blue 1982 Mercedes was a stolen vehicle. The vehicle that was left abandoned was stolen earlier out of the Comox Valley. It is unsure where the driver went or what brought them to the Parksville Industrial Park.

3) File 2017-3248. April 23, a resident of the 400 Block of Moilliet Street in Parksville awoke to discover his vehicle had been entered by thieves the night prior. There was no damage to the vehicle, missing was a $300 pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses.

4) File 2017-3264. April 24, a resident of the 600 block of Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach awoke to find both his mountain bikes had been stolen. The bikes had been chained up in the front yard. The RCMP discovered that the lock had been cut by the thieves. The bikes were described as a 2014 Devinci ‘Dexter’, Silver in colour, and a Vicious Cycles ‘Motivator’, purple in colour.

5) File 2017-3280. April 24, at 1:20 a.m., a female broke into a business at the shopping complex located at the intersection of highway 4 and 4A in Qualicum Beach. Once inside, the alarm activated and the female grabbed a few small items and fled. The good news for local investigators was that the business had invested in an alarm and surveillance system. Members of the Oceanside RCMP General Investigation Section recognized the female immediately after reviewing the footage. Investigators then attended the 30 year old Qualicum Beach resident’s home and arrested her within 24 hours of the crime.

6) File 2017-3300. April 25, at 4:30 a.m., a security guard called police to report a confirmed break and enter to a business on the 1500 block of Alberni Highway, Errington. A thief had entered through the front door after smashing in through a window. Once inside the thief rummaged through the office and eventually found the cash float box. The box with an undetermined amount of cash was stolen.

7) File 2017-3339. April 26, a resident from the 100 block of Shelly Road, Parksville called to report that someone had gone into his back yard and stolen 2 rims and tires. The tires which had been stored on the deck are described as Firestone FR710 and the rims are chrome Tolken’s. The value is estimated at $800.