Rental scam, vandalism, theft of booze on Parksville Qualicum Beach police blotter

Oceanside RCMP received 196 complaints during week of Feb. 11-17

Oceanside RCMP received 196 complaints the week of Feb. 11-17.

They included:

On Feb. 11, RCMP received a report of a theft of a 2XL black coat, pair of black leather gloves, black toque, prescription glasses and car keys from a building in the 100 block of Hirst Avenue West in Parksville.

On Feb. 12, a resident reported to police that they answered an online ad to rent an apartment in Vancouver and sent a deposit vie e-transfer. This ad appears to have been a scam.

On Feb. 13, the manager of a business in the 100 block of Island Highway East, Parksville, reported a female shoplifter. Store staff were able to retrieve the merchandise as the suspect fled but RCMP were able to identify suspect from store video. Efforts to locate and arrest the female are ongoing.

On Feb. 14, Oceanside RCMP received a call that a business alarm went off in the 2400 block of Collins Crescent, Nanoose Bay. Upon attendance a break in was confirmed. Video surveillance identified a suspect stealing bottles of vodka and a six pack of coolers. The investigation is continuing.

On Feb. 15, a resident reported damage to their vehicle after returning to their residence. There were two scratches on the door, a dent in the grill, a broken mirror and both headlights were smashed out.

On Feb. 16, a theft from motor vehicle in the 200 block of Hirst Avenue West, Parksville, was reported. Items stolen included a first aid kit, bungee cords, binders and pens.

Also Feb. 16, a resident called to report a generator was stolen from a friend’s residence. The item was located at a reseller by the original owner. Police have been able to identify two suspects and the investigation is ongoing.

On Feb. 17, a resident reported the theft of two sets of summer tires and rims from a property in the 100 block of Sylvan Crescent, Parksville. The tires were: 195/60/15 (Westlake) and 215/50/17 (Unknown Brand).

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

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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