Suspect search underway
Two males being sought following unusual incident in Coley’s Point
Police on Friday were continuing to search for two males they believe were involved an an unusual incident in Coley’s Point last week.
At about 10:30 p.m. on April 12, a small car smashed into a storage shed on Coley’s Point South Road in Bay Roberts. The driver left the scene before the owners of the property, Albert and Joan Wilson, could determine if anyone had been hurt.
Then, on the afternoon of April 14, police received a report that a car had been spotted in the water off Gully Road in Coley’s Point, about 40 feet from the shoreline. Only the car’s roof and an open trunk lid were visible. Police called in a diver to attach a tow cable to the car.
It appears the car, which was located less than a kilometre away from the Wilson property, had been deliberately ditched. The gear shift was in the “drive” position.
Though police would not confirm it, it’s very likely the grey Pontiac was the same car involved in the hit-andrun at the Wilson property.
“ That’s the one,” Joan Wilson exclaimed as the car was pulled from the water at about 3 p.m. April 14. “ I’ve got the grille down to the house.”
Like a movie scene
The Wilson’s had just gone to bed when they heard a loud bang outside. They looked out their bedroom window and were shocked to see a car had smashed into the front of their storage shed, which is located across the street. Before Albert could get dressed and go outside, the driver of the car reversed and sped away, leaving a scene of splintered wood, dislodged doors and pieces of the car on the ground.
“It was like something out of a movie,” Wilson said.
Albert was upset by the incident, but was grateful no one seemed to be hurt. He was up until 3 a.m., carrying out temporary repairs to his garage.
“I’m mad, to a point. But as long as no one got hurt, you can replace the rest,” he said.
As the car was slowly pulled from the water, it revealed some serious damage to the front end and driver’s side door. A section of the front bumper was cracked and hanging off, and the light assembly was missing.
Joan Wilson quipped that she could piece the car back together “ like new” with the parts that were left on her property.
RCMP Cpl. Richard Basha retrieved a small toy and a pair of children’s running shoes from the car before it was hauled away for further examination. An RCMP spokesman said Friday there was very little forensic value left in the vehicle, since it was likely to have been submerged in water for about 24 hours.
Police say the car — a Pontiac Pursuit that is registered to an owner in Bay Roberts — was reported stolen after the hit-and-run at the Wilson property.
When asked if police believe the owner was responsible for the hitand-run, Sgt. Marc Coulombe said “that is part of the ongoing investigation.”
Meanwhile, Joan Wilson expressed doubt she will ever see any justice for what happened.
“ We don’t hold any malice. Life is not easy,” she said. “I just wish that when they get them they send them down to me for a month. I’d show them what hard work is like and teach them that you don’t take other people’s property for granted.
The Wilson’s had insurance on their garage, which sustained significant damage.
Anyone with information can contact the Trinity Conception District RCMP at 596-5014 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-2228477.
Among the items retrieved from the car were a pair of children’s running shoes, and a small toy.