Whistler RCMP looking for stolen cars, plates 

Debit card fraud cases reported in resort

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A 1996 Volkswagen Golf that was reported stolen back in June 2012 is still at large, and police are looking for help recovering the vehicle, which is still being driven.

According to the RCMP, the police got a call from the owner of a similar vehicle on Jan. 29 to report that their plate was stolen, and replaced with the plate from the stolen vehicle, 084 XNJ. Police are now looking for the vehicle with the stolen plate, which is 831 SJN. Police believe the thief stole the plates so he wouldn't be pulled over for having out of date insurance.

That wasn't the only plate switching reported to police last week. On Jan. 25, the police received a call about another plate that was stolen, 847 WVD and replaced with plate 822 JXL.

If you have any information related to either file, contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Debit card fraud reported

The Whistler RCMP responded to two complaints of debit card fraud this week, with thieves likely using card skimming devices on point-of-sale machines or automated banking machines to copy card and PIN numbers that they then use to make cash withdrawals in the Lower Mainland.

The problem was so extensive in Whistler and around Canada a few years ago that financial institutions adopted a chip system for debit and credit cards. However, visitors and seasonal workers may not have those security features on their bank cards.

The first case, reported on Jan 25, was made by a Whistler resident after their Japanese debit card was skimmed and used to make two withdrawals in the Lower Mainland.

The police received a similar report on Jan. 27. It's unknown what type of card the individual was using.

If you notice any strange or suspicious card readers or devices on automated banking machines then you should contact the police at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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