Suspected thieves turn out to be Good Samaritans in Tofino

 This time they really were holding it for a friend. 

Two people suspected of stealing a bag from a Tofitian beach last week turned out to have taken it for safekeeping. 

 A local surf shop had left the bag on the beach before hitting the waves for surfing lessons on April 14, according to Sgt. Blaine Mumford of the Tofino RCMP.  

 Mumford said a witness reported seeing a man and woman take the bag around 5 p.m. and then walk up the trail to Maltby Road before disappearing out of sight. 

Shortly after the theft was reported, the alleged thieves brought the bag to the surf shop and advised they thought it had been left at the beach.  

“The people who picked it up thought that it was lost property,” Mumford said. 

 Mumford estimated the bag contained about $500 worth of items, including a cell-phone, and while this suspected theft wrapped up with a happy ending; he encourages beachgoers not to leave valuables unattended. 

“Unfortunately there are some people who might just decide to pick it up and take it,” he said. 

 

 Everyone OK after highway collision

Two vehicles collided on the Pacific Rim Highway last week when a driver misjudged the amount of time they had to turn off MacKenzie Beach Road. 

No significant injuries were reported and both vehicles remained drivable after the crash, according to Sgt. Mumford.  

Mumford said neither speed nor alcohol were contributing factors in the collision and that it was a simply a matter of misjudged timing.  

He noted the summer’s sun is setting in and bringing increased traffic to Tofino.   

“With the tourist season coming up, we just remind people to drive safely,” he said. 

 

Police step up marine enforcement

 Local boaters can expect to see an increased police presence on the water. 

“The season is coming,” Sgt. Mumford said. “We’re going to be ramping up a little bit on our marine enforcement in and around Tofino.” 

Police pulled over a vessel last week and ordered it back to the dock after discovering no one on board was certified to operate it. 

“Everyone operating a powerboat on the water now has to have some kind of proof of competency and if you don’t have that you can face a ticket under the Canada Shipping Act,” Mumford said. 

“People in town should be aware that we’ll be doing more checks.”

Operating a powerboat without the required license can bring a $250 fine and Mumford encourages locals to check online resources to bring themselves up to speed and avoid facing fines. 

“We just want people to be safe on the water,” he said. 

Police also nabbed an impaired boater last week. 

“There was a complaint of a vessel coming over from Opitsaht with an impaired operator,” Mumford said. “We attended the dock and determined that the operator was in fact impaired.”

He said the operator faces criminal charges for impaired operation of a motor vessel and was released with a future court date. 

 reporter@westerlynews.ca

Just Posted

VIDEO: Tofino celebrates annual Easter Egg Hunt

Ucluelet’s event scheduled for Big Beach on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Surf Canada Nationals coming to Wick Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“We have a really good thing going here with Surf Canada.”

Cleanup event helps Tofino’s shorebird habitats

“These birds shouldn’t be using plastic and marine debris to build their nests.”

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

Tofino and Ucluelet raise over $185K for hospital

“It’s a statement of our town’s values and what makes it so special to live here.”

VIDEO: Tofino celebrates annual Easter Egg Hunt

Ucluelet’s event scheduled for Big Beach on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Most Read