If a celebrity contacts you in Parksville, hang up the phone

Crime Watch: from the files of the Oceanside RCMP

The Oceanside RCMP opened 303 files in the last week of July. They included:

• A local resident was prevented from falling victim to a scam by a local business and Oceanside RCMP. The scam revolved around an alleged celebrity sending a supposed e-transfer asking the receipt to buy $2,400 worth of gift cards and forwarding.

Oceanside RCMP warn if you are asked for gift cards, bitcoin or money transfers like Western Union it is most likely a scam.

• The Oceanside RCMP was called when a young child was accidentally locked in a vehicle in the 400 block of Stanford Avenue East, Parksville, on July 22. A local towing company was called and the vehicle was opened without damage and the child safely returned to the parent. This was a good example of when to phone 911 for assistance.

• A vehicle was reported stolen from a property in the 1100 block of Shearme Road, Coombs, on July 24th. RCMP located and recovered the vehicle in Ladysmith on July 25th.

• A Polar skate board and battery chargers were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 100 block of Magnolia Drive, Parksville, on July 21st. There was no damage to the vehicle showing forced entry.

• A vehicle was reported to have been rummaged through in the 400 block of Crescent Road, Qualicum Beach, on July 22nd. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing reported missing.

• Property was stolen and a bottle of sunscreen was emptied on the seat of a vehicle as reported in the 300 block of Kingsley Street, Parksville, on July 22nd. No sign of forced entry.

• A person was reported taking recycled bottles and cans from a business in the 900 block of Island Highway East, Parksville, on July 22nd. The suspect was identified and the situation rectified.

• A phone charger and a loose change were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 100 block of Butler Avenue, Parksville, on July 23rd. Resident accidentally left their window down overnight.

• A wallet was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 2300 block of Andover Road, Nanoose Bay, on July 23rd.

• A 461 Stihl chainsaw, 261 Stihl chainsaw and Spectra Laser level was reported stolen on July 23rd from a construction site in the 100 block of Palmer Road, Coombs.

• Costume jewelry, an external hard drive and laptop case were reported stolen and drawers were rummaged through as a result of a residential break and enter on July 23rd, in the 800 block of Sanderson Road, Parksville.

• A down duvet and other bed linens hanging on a fence were reported stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Despard Road, Parksville, on July 23rd. With the assistance of a Parksville Bylaw Officer, the goods were located and two suspects were arrested.

• A red and white Rocky Mountain, multi-speed, sticker with owners name, black rat trap attached to bike, copper bar ends of handle bars, block plastic fenders and white wall tires was reported stolen on July 23rd in the 100 block of Ross Avenue, Parksville.

• A residential break and enter was reported on July 25th, in the 1600 block of Grafton Avenue, Errington. Personal possessions and personal information was taken.

• A bike was reported stolen from a residence in the 800 block of Mariner Way, Parksville, on July 25th. RCMP recovered the bike later that day.

• A resident in the 200 block of Valdez Avenue, Qualicum Beach, reported the theft of a front BC license plate, 731 NMS, on July 25th.

• An red Dodge Neon, BC plate GW718W, was reported stolen from a property in the 800 block of Hollywood Road, Qualicum Beach, on July 26th.

• A black Marin 18 speed bike was reported stolen from a property in the 300 block of Fourneau Way, Parksville, on July 27th.

• A Nikon camera, prescription glasses and change were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 300 block of Allwood Road, Parksville, on July 27th.

Should you have information regarding an incident please phone the Oceanside RCMP non-emergency number at 250-248-6111.

— Submitted

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