The RCMP are investigating whether the same individual is responsible for a series of crimes in the Whistler area, including an incident where the male was caught on video breaking into a business.
The initial call came in just after 8:20 p.m. on Oct. 6. Someone contacted police to complain that the passenger window of their vehicle had been smashed in the underground parkade of a Whistler Village hotel. The caller saw a suspect leave the scene, and gave the police a description. The suspect was approximately six-foot-three with bushy blonde hair, and was wearing a black jacket and hood.
On investigation, the police discovered another vehicle had also been broken into. No items were confirmed stolen from either vehicle.
Later that day at 10:43 p.m. the RCMP got a call after a security answered an alarm at a retail business on Whistler Way. The security guard discovered that the doorframe was broken and the deadbolt pried open.
Police reviewed a video from the scene and saw a man matching the earlier suspectís description enter the store, open a drawer and take out a quantity of cash.
On Oct. 7 at 9:30 p.m., police received an accidental 911 call from the Creekside area. When the male caller found out that he had called the police he swore at the dispatcher and hung up.
Police attended and found a man sitting at the bus stop. They asked the male if they saw anybody using a payphone in the area, and he told the police to go away.
During discussions with the male the police were able to review the video camera footage from the day before, and determined that it was likely the same person. They arrested a 45-year-old Vancouver male, originally from Ontario, with an extensive criminal history.
He was taken to cells in Squamish until he could be processed. He was later released while the Crown considers possible charges.
RCMP respond to workplace accidents
Whistler RCMP responded to two workplace injuries these weeks that resulted in burns to the victims.
On Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. to RCMP responded to a call regarding a male who was injured while working on the electrical panel at a local hotel. He was conducting an infrared inspection of the box when there was a flash. He put up his arms to block the electrical charge and suffered burns to his arms and hands.
On Oct. 8 at 10:37 a.m., fire and police were called to a propane filling station on Mons Road after a report of an incident. According to police, a male employee was filling the propane tank on a camper van when there was a sudden fire. The male suffered burns to his face and was transported to the Whistler Health Care Centre, and from there to Vancouver for treatment.
The female driver and two passengers were uninjured, although one occupant suffered minor scrapes to his feet and legs escaping from the vehicle.