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Bird-napping, drunk visitors and an unattended fire sum up busy week for Port Moody police

Sasamat Lake was a hot spot for police calls this past week, including more parking scofflaws on Bedwell Bay Road.
Port Moody police said the department has had a busy spring in responding to several emergency and incident calls to Sasamat Lake in Belcarra in one week.

Port Moody police (PMPD) are reminding the public to be considerate of others following an uptick of incident calls to Sasamat Lake.

Several files were created in the last seven days, including one PMPD officers called "bizarre" that's still under investigation.

An "agitated" woman allegedly tried to take a baby goose home with her from the popular Belcarra site, according to spokesperson Const. Sam Zacharias.

She was confronted by witnesses, reportedly harmed the gosling after throwing it away, and then fled the scene.

This was one of a number of files concerning to PMPD, Zacharias said, as well as the ignorance of bylaws and signs as parking is prohibited along Bedwell Bay Road leading to Sasamat Lake.

"Those who choose to park on the road will be ticketed and towed," he explained in a statement, noting PMPD officers will continue to patrol təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional Park and its surrounding roads.

"It is very hazardous to park on this road as it causes congestion and prevents first responders from responding to emergencies quickly."

Other incidents reported to PMPD from the last seven days included:

  • A group of young men in possession of pellet-style guns and shooting rounds off near the beach
  • A bonfire set in the forest was left unattended overnight and extinguished by firefighters
  • An aggressive motorist disobeyed flaggers and drove into oncoming traffic to enter the full parking lot, nearly hitting the gate
  • A group of heavily intoxicated adults loudly boasting about how they were going to drive home, one of which required medical attention

The busyness of the lake is attributed to the warmer spring weather.

With more sun and double-digit temperatures expected for the May long weekend, including a high of around 25°C by Saturday afternoon (May 20), PMPD are urging visitors to obey parking restrictions and to report emergencies.

Anyone with more information on any of the above incidents or any other illegal activity is asked to call PMPD at 604-461-3456.