Bank machine beaten

The bank machine at Ucluelet’s Coastal Community Credit Union took a beating last week and police are on the lookout for its abuser.

Police were called to the Credit Union around 7 a.m. on June 17 after the machine was discovered to have been significantly kicked in at the bottom.

“Someone had gone in to use the bank machine and either didn’t have enough money in their account or was mad at the bank machine and kicked the bottom of it,” Swann said.

He said police do not believe the kicking was done with the intent to steal any money but was simply an act of vandalism. The machine has since been repaired but Swann

encourages anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the early morning hours of June 17, to contact the detachment.

3-car smash-up on

Wick Road

Police are reminding drivers to give each other some space after three vehicles heading in the same direction managed to crash into each other last week.

Two vehicles were towed out of adjacent ditches and infraction tickets were issued after a threecar collision on June 16 around 10 am.

The three vehicles were traveling along Wickaninnish Road towards the ocean when the lead vehicle slowed to make a left turn, setting off a potentially catastrophic chain of events, according to Sgt.

Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP.

When the lead vehicle slowed the vehicle traveling immediately behind it swerved and braked heavily to avoid a collision and was struck from the rear by the third vehicle.

The collision forced the second vehicle into a ditch on the right hand side of the road and the third vehicle then continued on to smash the lead vehicle into the adjacent ditch.

“Vehicle three, after it punted vehicle two into the ditch, then collided heavily with vehicle one causing vehicle one to go into the left hand ditch,” Swann said.

The lead vehicle escaped relatively unharmed but the second and third vehicles suffered significant damage and had to be towed from the scene.

“Thankfully we had no injuries,” Swann said.

The drivers of vehicles two and three each received violation tickets for traveling too close to the car ahead of them.

Swann said a general rule of thumb is to follow two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you but this does not apply when traveling at high speeds because of the amount of time it takes to recognize a situation.

“It’s incredible how far you can travel in 2 seconds…That 1.6 seconds where your brain has registered that there’s something to be concerned about, it depends on your speed but you may have already traveled to 50-80 metres,” Swann said.

Boat stolen A small aluminum boat was stolen from Ucluelet’s 52-Steps dock sometime between June 5 and 12.

Sgt. Jeff Swann said the theft was reported on June 12 and the boat’s owner believes it occurred sometime during the week prior.

Swann described the boat as a 12-foot pale-yellow aluminum vessel but added it has no identifying numbers or markings.

The motorless boat was tied to the dock and police believe the thief or thieves cut the rope and paddled away.

“Somebody came by, saw it, and thought it would be a nice boat to own,” Swann said.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is encouraged to call 250-726-7773.