Weekly crimes in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area included theft of $20K in construction tools and bags of rice heisted from a school’s earthquake container.

Crime Report: Thieves make off with $20K in tools; bags of rice from school earthquake container

Vandals also busy in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Vandalism and theft dominate the Oceanside RCMP crime report for Nov. 18 to Nov. 24.

On Nov. 18, police received a report of mischief to a vehicle after a red 2010 Ford Ranger had been damaged in the area of Memorial Avenue and Rupert Road East, Qualicum Beach. Suspect(s) drilled a 1/2-inch hole in the vehicle’s gas tank stealing approximately 1/8 of a tank of gasoline.

Between Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, a tailgate was stolen off a 2017 Chevy Silverado in the 500 block of Evergreen Way, Parksville. The white-coloured tailgate was equipped with a backup camera and had the factory installed Chevy logo and Silverado name displayed.

On Nov. 19, a Norco mountain bike with a burgundy frame and white front fork was stolen from the 100 block of Butler Avenue, Parksville. The bike was valued at $1,500.

A theft from a GMC one-tonne cube van, parked on a construction site in the 1700 block of Stewart Road in Nanoose Bay, was reported on Nov. 20. Thieves made off with over $20,000 worth of construction tools.

On Nov. 20, diesel was stolen from trucks located in the 3300 block Fyfe Road, Qualicum Beach.

A break, enter and theft from the Springwood School Earthquake Container was reported on Nov. 20. The break and enter happened sometime overnight. Items reported missing included yellow flashlights with “SES” inscribed, batteries and some bags of rice.

On Nov. 21, a theft from an unlocked vehicle parked in the parking lot of 100 block Alberni Hwy., Parksville was reported. The vehicle ignition was damaged, cigarettes and headphones were stolen.

On Nov. 22, a male suspect on a bicycle threw a rock through the front door of a business in the 2400 block of Collins Crescent, Nanoose Bay. The male suspect stole tobacco products from inside.

Also on Nov. 22, mailboxes near Terrien Road and Gracyn Road, Nanoose Bay were damaged during an apparent theft.

On Nov. 23, a bicycle was stolen from a shed in the 1100 block Smithers Road, Parksville. The bike was a mountain bike, full suspension, a black CCM Alpha valued at $1,000.

On Nov. 24, four vehicle batteries and an inverter were stolen from a 1987 International gravel truck that had been parked in a gated storage yard in the 600 block Alberni Hwy., Parksville. The fence was cut near where the truck was parked and the hatch containing the batteries was not locked. Also Nov. 24, vehicle licence plates were taken and replaced with stolen plates in the 1300 block of Springwood Road, Parksville.

If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you have information regarding an incident please phone the Oceanside RCMP non-emergency number at 250-248-6111.

— NEWS Staff

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