POLICE REPORT: Two face charges in Whistler vehicle theft

Two Surrey men are facing multiple charges - one for the theft of his own vehicle from an impound yard - in relation to a pair of incidents that occurred last week in Whistler.

The saga began on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at around 3:50 a.m., when a 23-year-old Surrey male was stopped in his vehicle and charged with impaired driving and driving over .08 after failing a breathalyzer, RCMP Sgt. Steve Wright said on Tuesday (Nov. 3).

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On the same day at around 6:30 p.m., RCMP officers responded to a report of break-and-enter in progress at the Payless Auto Towing yard. The office had been broken into and the keys to a vehicle that had been impounded earlier in the day, along with the vehicle itself, had been taken, Wright said.

During their investigation of the matter, police who went to the place where the vehicle's registered owner was staying and noticed that the vehicle was parked in front of the house. Also, the man who had been arrested earlier in the day was present at the home, Wright said.

At around the same time, the Surrey RCMP detachment issued an arrest warrant for the second man on two counts of alleged breach of probation. Joshua Mark Barsalou, 23, of Surrey, was arrested at the Whistler home. He is charged with impaired driving, driving over .08, break, enter and theft, possession of stolen property and driving while prohibited, Wright said. He is set to appear in court on Nov. 18.

The vehicle's owner, meanwhile, faces charges of break, enter and theft and possession of stolen property. His identity was not made public pending the Crown's approval of charges.

"It was a busy day for our members trying to sort that all out," Wright said.

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