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PQB crime report: Resident bilked out of $13.5K in bitcoin phone scam

Oceanside RCMP also search for highway rock-tosser, Harley thief
(PQB News file photo)

Oceanside RCMP received 255 complaints the week of Sept. 3 to Sept. 9.

Some of those incidents included:

Sept. 3

• A rock was reported thrown at a vehicle causing damage while traveling on the Island Highway near the Big Qualicum River Bridge.

• A resident reported receiving a call from a supposed online retailer convincing it was necessary to access their cellphone remotely. The resident discovered that unauthorized bank withdrawals were made from their account.

Sept. 4

• A rock was reported thrown at a vehicle causing damage while traveling on the Island Highway near Qualicum First Nation Campground.

• A rock was reported thrown at a vehicle causing damage while traveling on the Island Highway near Horne Lake Road.

• A log deer lawn ornament was reported vandalized in the 600 block of Phillips Street, Parksville.

Sept. 5

• B.C. licence plate WHC25E was reported stolen from a trailer in the 2300 block of Alberni Highway, Coombs, on September 5.

• A phone was found near the Parksville Curling Club on Sept. 5. Owner notified and picked up from Oceanside RCMP on Sept. 6.

• A male prowler was reported in the 300 block of Sutherland Crescent. Parksville.

• A grey 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle, B.C. licence plate Z61145, was reported stolen in the 3500 block of Dolphin Drive, Nanoose Bay.

• A shovel, two rakes and other tools were reported stolen from a property in the 100 block of Horne Lake Road, Qualicum Beach.

Sept. 6

• Locks were reported cut off of dumpsters in the 900 block of Sheare Road.

• A business break-and-enter was reported in the 1000 block of Resort Drive, Parksville.

Sept. 8

• A secured-with-chain, silver-coloured 14-foot Lowe model LV1457 aluminum boat was reported stolen in the 3100 block of Island Highway, Qualicum Beach.

• A 25-kilogram container of sodium sulphate tablets were reported from an industrial building in the 800 block of Church Road, Parksville.

• A black wallet was found in the area of Pintail Drive and Johnstone Road, Parksville, on Sept. 8. Contact Oceanside RCMP during regular business hours to claim quoting File No. 2023-9717.

Sept. 9

• A resident was reported defrauded of $13,500 by following instructions from a caller claiming to be from a major bank to withdraw cash and transfer to a bitcoin ATM.

» If you see a crime in progress, call 911. Crimes of a less serious nature that are not in progress may be reported online. The Oceanside RCMP non-emergency number is 250-248-6111 (extension 7). The detachment is located at 421 Pym Street North, Parksville, with public business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, except holidays.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

Philip Wolf

About the Author: Philip Wolf

I’ve been involved with journalism on Vancouver Island for more than 30 years, beginning as a teenage holiday fill-in at the old Cowichan News Leader.
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