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.

Chil­dren’s toy

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.

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