Whistler RCMP weren’t particularly busy as a result of the new Family Day long weekend that saw increased visitation to the resort, but continued work dealing with regularly occurring offences like rental fraud.
Sgt. Rob Knapton said two occurrences of fraud over Craigslist were reported over the last week. The first involved vacation renters from Quebec City looking to rent a unit on Northlands Boulevard in Glacier’s Reach who transferred $1,100 to a person in the U.S.
“Interestingly enough, after the fraud was discovered the person searched the email address provided to find numerous warnings about the email address,” Knapton said.
The second rental fraud was reported by visitors from Sweden who sent just over $1,000 to a person in the U.S. to rent a condo.
Eight vehicles found to be illegally parked on the Callaghan Valley Forest Service Road were ticketed and two were towed by RCMP on Friday (Feb. 8).
Knapton said officers were on a routine patrol of the area and would have towed all eight vehicles, however six had trailers on them, so the tow company was unable to remove them.
Loud parties reported
Three loud parties were reported and shut down by RCMP in the last week. On Saturday (Feb. 9) at 1 a.m. officers responded to the 8600 block of Drifter Way.
Knapton said up to 50 people were in the yard of the residence and “the party was shut down and everybody left without a problem.”
Officers responded to a 2 a.m. a hot tub party in the 2200 block of Nordic Drive. Knapton said the unit was being rented by people from out of town and after police responded “there were no more problems after they were warned.”
On Monday (Feb. 11) at 11:40 p.m. a noisy party along the 8700 block of Idlewood Place saw police respond. Knapton said the party was shut down and a small amount of marijuana found and seized, although no charges resulted.
While not a loud party, on Sunday (Feb. 10) RCMP received a complaint of two people having sex in the back of one of the day lots at around 3 p.m.
Knapton said police responded, but were unable to locate anybody in the area.
Assaults don’t lead to charges
A report of assault on Saturday by the victim did not result in charges being filed.
Knapton said the Mount Currie man called at 5 a.m. to report the incident while he was walking along Highway 99 past the municipal heliport toward Pemberton.
“We arranged for a ride for him to get home,” he said, adding the man was intoxicated at the time. “He was not cooperative about the assault.”
A call on Family Day of uttering threats that led to an assault situation also did not result in charges.
Knapton said at 5 p.m. officers responded to the 2700 block of Coyote Place when the threats turned into an assault amongst family members.
He said the family members were separated and the situation was mediated and no assault charges resulted.
Vehicle break ins and gas theft
Two vehicles were reported broken into and a third had its gas tank emptied.
On Saturday, Knapton said a vehicle on the 4000 block of Legacy Way had its gas siphoned. The owner noticed the gas cap was missing before finding the tank empty.
On Sunday a vehicle on the 6500 block of Balsam Way was reported to be subject to an attempted theft.
The vehicle was unlocked and the owner reported it had been gone through overnight, although nothing was taken.
The second vehicle was actually broken into overnight along the 7300 block of Spruce Grove Lane. Knapton said only minor items were taken.
Two spend night in cells
On Saturday at midnight officers on patrol in the Village stroll came across an intoxicated male near Mountain Square.
“The male was arrested for causing a disturbance and held in cells until sober and then released,” Knapton said.
On Monday officers responded at 11 p.m. to a complaint of an intoxicated individual at the medical clinic.
“The person was arrested for being intoxicated in public and held until sober and could be released,” Knapton said.
Bike found, skis stolen
RCMP officers on patrol along Drifter Place on Sunday found a full suspension mountain bike lying in the middle of the road.
Knapton said the Santa Cruz bike can be returned to its owner if they come into the station and are able to identify the bike.
Meanwhile three pairs of skis were reported stolen on Monday from in front of the liquor store in Creekside. The value of the skis was $1,300 and the poles were found nearby according to Knapton.