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PQB crime report: Resident loses $19.5K in cryptocurrency scam

Oceanside RCMP also deal with break-ins, trespasser sleeping in shed
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(PQB News file photo)

Oceanside RCMP received 472 complaints during the period of Oct. 15 to Oct. 28.

Some of the incidents included:

Oct. 15

• A nighttime prowler was reported in the 600 block of Briarwood Drive, Parksville.

• A nighttime prowler was reported in the 600 block of Doehle Avenue, Parksville.

• Vandals were reported to have done minor damage to public washrooms in the 400 block of Despard Avenue West, Parksville.

Oct. 16

• A bag of plant bulbs valued at $100 was reported stolen in the 800 block of Field Crescent, Parksville.

• A seasonal residence break-and-enter was reported in the 3800 block of Horne Lake Caves Road, Qualicum Beach.

Oct. 17

• A vehicle was reported vandalized by keying in the 600 block of Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach.

• A resident reported being scammed $3,800 by a caller claiming to be from a telephone provider offering a new cellular phone and a reduced rate.

• An abandoned vehicle was reported in the 1500 block of Veterans Road, Errington. Investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen, as was the licence plate.

• A nighttime trespasser was reported in the 200 block of McVickers Street, Parksville. One male suspect was arrested and held in cells as they were reportedly intoxicated.

Oct. 18

• Oakley sunglasses, a pocket knife and two Costco hoodies were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of Despard Avenue West, Parksville.

Oct. 19

• A daytime male prowler was reported syphoning gas from the back of a vehicle in the 300 block of Moilliet Street South, Parksville.

Oct. 20

• A residential break-and-enter was reported in the 1000 block of Dobler Road, Parksville. Damage reported to two doors.

• A grey change purse and contents were found in the 1900 block of Island highway West, Qualicum Beach. Contact Oceanside RCMP during regular office hours to claim, quoting file 2023-11294.

• A red Snap-on battery jumper pack valued at $1,800 was reported stolen in the 400 block of Island Highway East, Parksville.

• A trespasser was reported sleeping in shed on a property in the 2400 block of Apollo Drive, Nanoose Bay.

Oct. 21

• A red-and-black coloured Supercycle mountain bike was found in the 900 block of Island Highway East, Parksville. Contact Oceanside RCMP during regular office hours to claim quoting file 2023-11343.

• A vehicle was reported vandalized with a window smashed out in the 5900 block of Island Highway West, Qualicum Beach.

Oct. 22

• A resident reported being scammed $19,500 responding to a pop-up ad on their tablet purporting to be with a major bank asking for money to be deposited to a cryptocurrency ATM to assist in an investigation.

Oct. 23

• A nighttime prowler was reported in the 100 block of Alberni Highway, Parksville.

• Three nighttime trespassers were reported in the 100 block of Memorial Avenue, Parksville.

• A business break-and-enter was reported as a leaf blower, grinder and pressure washer were reported stolen from a maintenance building in the 1100 block of Resort Drive, Parksville.

• A business break-and-enter was reported as $600 of meat was stolen in the 1000 block of Errington Road, Errington.

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Oct. 24

• A vehicle prowling was reported in the 200 block of Moilliet Street South, Parksville.

• A motorcycle was reported vandalized in the 300 block of Moilliet Street South, Parksville.

Oct. 25

• A business break-and-enter was reported in the 100 block of Second Avenue, Qualicum Beach.

Oct. 26

• An electrical smart meter valued at $300 was reported stolen in the 900 block of Church Road, Parksville.

Oct. 27

• A business break-and-enter was reported with hatchets, first aids kits and camouflage backpacks stolen in the 2200 block of Alberni Highway, Coombs.

Oct. 28

• A solar light was reported vandalized by a prowler in the 1700 block of Galvin Place, Qualicum Beach.

» 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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