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PQB crime report: Resident reports losing $20K via fraud buying cryptocurrency

Oceanside RCMP also deal with more online scams, vehicle theft

Oceanside RCMP received 257 complaints the week of Dec. 11 to Dec. 17.

Some of the incidents included:

Dec. 11

• A 2017 black cargo trailer containing tools, B.C. licence plate 40150K, was reported stolen in the 6000 block of Island Highway West, Qualicum Beach.

• Change and sunglasses were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1100 block of Resort Drive, Parksville. There was no damage to vehicle from forced entry.

Dec. 12

• A local resident reported losing $20,000 via an Instagram fraud buying cryptocurrency.

Dec. 13

• A red Honda generator, a solar battery and a chainsaw were some of the items reported stolen from a garage in the 2900 block of Bay Road, Qualicum Beach. Damage noted to the front gate and locks to garage cut.

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Dec. 14

• A vehicle was reported vandalized with damage to a door and ignition in the 900 block of Chatsworth Road, Qualicum Beach.

• A local resident reported losing $400 to a job scam where the fraudster sent a cheque for $1,900 to cover expenses then wanted an e-transfer back on Dec. 14. The original cheque was later retuned by the financial institution.

• A garage window was reported broken possibly by a thrown rock in the 300 block of Ridgefield Drive, Parksville.

• A local resident reported losing over $1,200 in a scam as a result of a two-hour phone call.

Dec. 15

• A local resident reported losing a $325 deposit in an appliance fraud though Facebook Marketplace.

• Two doors posted on social media for sale were reported stolen from a property in the 2300 block of Glenellen Place, Nanoose Bay.

Dec. 17

• B.C. licence plates FA6385 were reported stolen from a vehicle on Lighthouse Drive, Parksville.

• A 2022 green Ford F250, B.C. plate PJ8949, was reported stolen in the 200 block of Fourth Avenue West, 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 a.m., Monday to Friday, except holidays.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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