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Whistler RCMP to host Town Hall meeting on March 29

Also in police briefs: Local wakes up to unknown intruder; RCMP nabs impaired driver; police reopen investigation into elderly jacket thieves
Sea to Sky RCMP is inviting the community to a Town Hall meeting at the Whistler Public Library on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

Two senior citizens suspected of stealing high-end outerwear from a Whistler Village business last month might have thought they were off the hook, but police are still on the lookout. 

In a release, Whistler RCMP said its detachment has reopened an investigation into the alleged theft this month after learning new details about the case. Police initially received a call last month about two elderly people reportedly shoplifting three jackets with a combined value of $3,500 from a retailer in the 4100 block of Village Green. 

“Initially the suspects were not identified,” Cpl. Angela Kermer, Sea to Sky RCMP’s media relations officer wrote in the release, but “Recently this file has been reopened as police have received new information, and the investigation remains ongoing.” 

The investigation is one of the 122 total files Whistler RCMP opened in the week spanning March 7 to 13, which included three Mental Health Act calls 3 and two collision investigations. 

Whistler local wakes up to ‘unwanted person’ causing commotion

On Wednesday, March 8, Whistler RCMP responded to a call from a local resident who awoke from their slumber to find an “unknown man” in their apartment. 

The intruder was in the apartment’s kitchen, and reportedly “showed signs of impairment and confusion,” according to the release. Police say the man left the unit after its surprised occupant confronted him, but not before kicking a door on his way out. (No damage was caused, RCMP confirmed.) 

“Police remind people to lock their doors to prevent similar incidents from happening in future,” Kermer wrote. 

Police issue suspension, impound vehicle during check stop 

A Sunday evening road check resulted in major inconvenience for one driver who appeared to have one drink too many before getting behind the wheel.

Members of Whistler’s RCMP detachment were conducting a road stop to check for impaired drivers when one motorist rolled up showing “mild signs of impairment,” according to the release. A subsequent breath test prompted the screening device to display a “WARN,” reading, meaning the sample provided showed a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.05. 

Police served the driver with a three-day driving prohibition and impounded his vehicle. 

Have any information to share about any of the above files? Contact Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or to remain anonymous.

Sea to Sky RCMP’s Officer in Charge invites community to Town Hall meeting 

Insp. Robert Dykstra, Officer in Charge for both Whistler and Squamish’s RCMP detachments, wants to hear what locals have to say about policing in their communities. 

He’s inviting the public to a pair of Town Hall meetings later this month, set to take place at the Whistler Public Library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, following a meeting at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre’s Tantalus Room in Squamish on Monday, March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Local RCMP members are looking to the Town Hall meetings to serve as an opportunity for community engagement and “to create shared understanding about the Sea to Sky RCMP’s current vision and priorities,” according to the release.

“We are not just the RCMP… we are your RCMP,” said Dykstra in the release. “I invite you to participate at a local meeting in person or online so we can hear your voice and so we can collectively develop shared goals and visions for policing in our communities across the Sea to Sky area.” 

Light refreshments will be served to in-person attendees, but interested residents are also welcome to participate online. Town Hall meeting links to be announced next week, police said in the release. 

Police also plan to host Town Hall meetings on Bowen Island and in Pemberton—both communities also fall within Sea to Sky RCMP’s policing area— though dates and times are yet to be determined.