Police are asking that all victims of bike theft report the crime regardless of their insurance status, and to do so promptly. Out of seven high-end mountain bikes recovered last month from a Vancouver-bound trailer as a result of the Whistler RCMP's bait bike program, four still remain unclaimed.
"People need to be aware to call us and let us know what's going on," Sgt. Rob Knapton said. "It creates a challenge for us because when we do recover bikes we know to be stolen we want to match them back up with their owners, not to mention charging the person who has them … if they're not reported stolen it becomes very difficult for us to prove that they're stolen (in court).
"Unfortunately, a lot of people think because they're not insured they won't bother reporting it to the police because there’s nothing we can do.”
On Monday (Sept. 9), four bikes were reported stolen from a single location, but not until 25 days after the fact.
Since launching its bait bike program last July, the RCMP have received 31 reports of stolen bikes, compared to 53 in the same time period last year.
Hot-wheel hot heads
On the morning of GranFondo Saturday (Sept. 7) two high-end vehicles, a Tesla and a Maserati, pulled an illegal turn into Village Gate Boulevard, which on the day was closed to all regular traffic except competing cyclists. Police approached the drivers to inform them of the situation and give them directions to their intended destination.
"But they didn't take it well," said Knapton. "They became agitated toward the officer, punched the gas and took off at a high rate of speed almost causing an accident."
The two drivers were successfully stopped a short distance away and issued about $600 worth of tickets for a number of infractions against the Motor Vehicle Act.
Police found a man passed out in a planter box outside a grocery store in the Village Square on Sept. 3. They took him into custody without incident and released him once sober.
At 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 6, police received a call from a resident complaining an unknown, intoxicated woman had been ringing their doorbell for 10 minutes. When police responded, they learned the woman had thought she left something of hers inside the house, but it turned out not to be the house she was looking for. Police gave the woman a ride home.
A skateboarder on the 5600 block of Alta Lake Road was bitten by a medium-sized black lab on the morning of Sept. 6. Police were unable to locate the dog, but notified animal control. The victim was taken to the medical clinic for treatment.
At 2 a.m. on Sept. 7, police responded to a call of a man with a knife at a nightclub on the 4100 block of Mountain Lane. Upon arrival they found him subdued by bar staff and arrested him once learning he had threatened a staff member trying to eject him from the bar. The 36-year-old Whistler resident was held until sober and released on condition to appear in court on a later date.
A driver on Highway 99 received serious damage to his car during preparations for the GranFondo last weekend. A slow-moving service vehicle laying cones suddenly braked, forcing the driver behind him to also brake. But a third driver failed to stop fast enough, rear-ending the middle vehicle and forcing it forward into the rear of the service vehicle. Minor injuries were reported.
RCMP members on patrol along the Village Stroll at 9:45 p.m. Sept. 7 spotted two young men with open liquor, but were unable to approach them at that moment. However, 20 minutes later the same two men walked past again, at which time the RCMP stopped them and seized the alcohol. A quick search then found 43 capsules of MDMA (ecstasy). One male was released without charge, but the other, a 20-year-old Squamish resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Stripped for parts
A Blueberry Drive resident had properly secured his bike on the night of Sept. 8 in an underground storage, and in the morning the bike was still locked up, but all the parts had been stripped off. Only the frame remained.
CN train shot
CN Rail police reported a conductor on one of their trains had been shot with a pellet gun Sept. 8. The conductor was not injured and no suspect was found.
Police responded to a complaint of an assault with a weapon on Woodland Place in the early evening of Sept. 3. Upon arrival they determined a father and son had gotten into a dispute over housework, when one of the two grabbed a hammer and threatened to use it. At that point the two calmed down and ended the fight without incident. There were no injuries or arrests.
Police had pulled up behind a vehicle Sept. 6, spooking the driver to pull away without wearing a seatbelt or closing her trunk. Only then did police take an interest in the driver, pulled her over and subsequently found her to be high. The 57-year-old was issued a 24-hour suspension and had her car towed for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
A 27-year-old woman was ticked for speeding in relation to conditions Sept. 3, after driving off the road around the 7100 block of Nancy Greene Drive and hitting the ditch. There were no injuries or signs of intoxication. The damage to her vehicle was under $1,000.
On the afternoon of Sept. 5 police received a report of a stolen Marin mountain bike, grey with a CSB logo, from the 4200 block of Blackcomb Way. The bike had been left there on Aug. 23 and discovered missing on Sept. 3. The bike was not locked.
A learning driver was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign Sept. 5 at around 11 p.m. The young driver had been drinking but was not over the legal limit; however, due to his "L" status was given a 24-hour mandatory prohibition and ticketed for operating a motor vehicle contrary to restrictions.