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Parksville Qualicum Beach crime report: Resident loses thousands in computer virus scam

Oceanside RCMP deal with 190 various complaints in one-week period

Oceanside RCMP received 190 complaints the week of Feb. 28 to March 5.

Some of the incidents included:

Feb. 28

• A shed break-and-enter was reported in the 900 block of Chatsworth Road, Qualicum Beach. Some items reported stolen included an orange Echo power saw, Makita heavy duty skill saw and Makita reciprocating saw.

• A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 600 block of Doehle Avenue, Parksville. A rock was reported thrown through a side window.

March 1

• A car prowler was reported in the 800 block of Mulholland Drive, Parksville.

• Three garbage bins had their lids removed and contents dumped as well a Canada Post mail box was tipped over in the 100 block of Island Highway, Parksville.

• Ray-Ban sunglasses and binoculars were reported stolen form a vehicle in the 700 block of Arrowsmith Way, Parksville. There was no damage to the vehicle.

• A farm stand was vandalized in the 1400 block of Greig Road, Parksville.

• A mailbox was vandalized in the 800 block of Island Highway West, Parksville1.

• A unlocked vehicle was reported rummaged through in the 800 block of Reid Road, Parksville.

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March 2

• A car prowler was reported in the 1400 block of Sunrise Drive, Parksville. A male suspect was arrested.

• A nighttime prowler was reported in the 1700 block of Claudet Road, Nanoose Bay.

• Approximately $6,000 in damages to seven windows of a public school was reported in the 100 block of Pym Street North, Parksville.

• A Certified 3550W portable generator, serial 20OCT1302245, was reported stolen in the area of Melrose Forest Service Road near the five-kilometre marker.

March 3

• B.C. licence plate HJ845S was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 800 block of Island Highway West, Parksville.

• Wood was reported stolen in the area of Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. A vehicle found in the area was impounded.

March 4

• A driver’s licence, fuel card and credit card were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 1400 block of Benzon Crescent, Errington.

• A catalytic converter was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 100 block of Fair Road, Parksville.

• Thousands of dollars were reported stolen from a local resident in a computer virus scam. A message was noted to contact Microsoft and to send money to a Bitcoin wallet.

• A construction sign was reported stolen in the 300 block of Hirst Avenue West, Parksville. Police were able to recover the property a short distance away and have it returned.

March 5

• Sunglasses valued at $40 were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 200 block of Alberni Highway, Parksville. There was no damage to vehicle and no signs of forced entry.

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If you see a crime in progress, call 911. The Oceanside RCMP non-emergency number is 250-248-6111 (extension 7). The detachment is located at 421 Pym St. North, Parksville, with public business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., Monday to Friday, except holidays.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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