Police are used to going on strange calls, but one incident early Monday morning in Port Coquitlam could be fit for The X-Files, or perhaps Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Coquitlam Mounties responded to a call of a man and woman screaming from their apartment on Wilson Avenue.
When police arrived, the couple told investigators they had seen two "non-human entities" on their patio.
Several Mounties scoured the area in search of the spirited suspects, but turned up nothing.
RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said there was no indication drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, nor could he say whether or not the couple really believed they saw something other than a human.
"Anything is possible I guess," he told The NOW.
"People see ghosts all the time. Who am I to say ghosts don't exist?"
Chung sent out this tweet Monday morning regarding the incident: "Strange but true. #cqrcmp went to a report of ET sighting in #PortCoquitlam in the early morning. Area searched and no aliens found."
Chung added it is possible the sighting could have been an attempted break-in, so police treated the call seriously to make sure it wasn't anything nefarious.
Though he suggested the call was unusual, he said if residents do see anything suspicious in their neighbourhood, Mounties are glad to check it out to ensure everything is safe.
CAR THIEF SOUGHT
Coquitlam Mounties are looking for the public's help in identifying an alleged car thief caught on camera.
Police believe a woman broke into the garage of a house in the 2000 block of Poel Place in Port Coquitlam in the early morning hours of July 7, making off with a 2008 grey Volkswagen Rabbit.
Inside the vehicle was a new Lexmark laser printer, CDs and a black camera bag.
The next evening, the stolen car was found parked in the 8600 block of Hudson Street in Vancouver.
At the time of the recovery, the Rabbit had two different unmatched licence plates on it. Investigators believe both plates were stolen from the 500 block of Blue Mountain Street in Coquitlam.
The alleged car thief appeared to be a woman in her mid-30s.
Anyone who can identify the suspect or offer information related to the theft is asked to call the local detachment at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2012-18232.
RESIDENTS REMINDED TO SECURE HOMES
It appears the summer is an opportune time for criminals to ply their trade.
That has prompted Coquitlam Mounties to warn residents to secure their doors and windows, especially during the warm weather.
The force dealt with 13 break-ins between June 10 and July 7, directly related to unsecured windows or doors.
The break-ins occurred in the Coquitlam Centre area and the north and south sides of Port Coquitlam.
In all the incidents, the thieves grabbed what they could and quickly left the residence. Police have not caught the thieves, but do have some suspects in mind.
Mounties are also offering tips to keep property safe, including reminding residents to close and lock windows, doors and patio doors when away or sleeping.
All outside doors should be metal-lined.
Pin all exposed hinges to prevent criminals from removing doors, and remove all expensive items that can be viewed from outside through windows.
Bring newspapers and other items into your house daily and remember to notify delivery companies to stop delivery before going on vacation.
Install deadbolt-type locks in all entrance doors. Remember to fortify patio doors and windows.
FINGERPRINT LEADS TO RENEWED CALL FOR TIPS ON MUNDY FIRE
It was an early morning fire that torched a picnic area in a popular Coquitlam park.
But four months after the blaze and with no new leads, Mounties are once again asking for any witnesses to come forward.
"We are renewing the call for witnesses because we've found a fingerprint at the crime scene," said Cpl. Jamie Chung in a statement.
"However, we couldn't find a match when we ran it through our database. This probably means the owner of the print has never been fingerprinted."
The March 6 blaze destroyed part of the picnic area on the west side of the park near Hillcrest Street and Winslow Avenue. RCMP and fire crews responded to a 911 call to find picnic tables and their wooden covering engulfed in flames.
After the fire was extinguished, investigators looked for clues in the area. Officers returned later to canvass the neighbourhood for evidence.
Investigators have always believed the fire was intentionally set.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2012-5902.
Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.solvecrime.ca.
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