POLICE BEAT: Campbell River
Over the last three weeks police have received seven reports of thefts or attempted thefts of dirt bikes in Campbell River and Quadra Island.
The incidents are all considered related as the thieves target the dirt bikes specifically and appear to be targeting residential properties with car ports and shed
A theft of a substantial amount of metal from a rural storage site has been recovered from a local recycler.
The incident involved the theft of heavy gauge steel platforms, stairs and railings. The items were recovered at a local metal recycler and a suspect has been identified. The suspect will be facing charges of theft over $5,000.
Sometime between April 3-4, more than 900 litres of diesel fuel was stolen from two vehicles parked at rural logging site.
The diesel was stolen over a two-night period at one specific site. The suspect vehicle is described as a grey Ford pickup with a wooden box liner.
Thief nabbed on his return
On April 6, RCMP responded to a theft complaint at the Mac’s convenience store on Dogwood Street.
While the clerk was distracted, a male customer reached over the counter and grabbed a handful of scratch and win tickets.
The following day the male returned and attempted the same thing only managing to get one ticket.
The male was identified by surveillance video and is well-known to police.
He was arrested and is appearing in court on May 7, facing two counts of theft under $5,000.
Driver swerves, hits ditch
Police attended to a collision in the 100 block of the South Island Highway on April 4.
A Mazda driven by a 32-year-old woman lost control while swerving around a vehicle pulling out of a driveway. The driver crashed into the ditch and was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The woman was driving too fast and only held a learner’s licence. She was issued violation tickets after her release from the hospital.