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Missing teen boys discovered safe by search and rescue

Police Briefs: Whistler man caught dealing drugs

Two 13-year-old boys were rescued cold but safe after going out of bounds near Fitzsimmons Creek last week.

On Jan. 20, Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol contacted police after the teens failed to show up for a planned meeting with their father at 3:30 p.m. Search and rescue crews responded at around 6 p.m.

"Given the fact it was two 13-year-old males, search and rescue activated and went into the area on snowmobiles and then on ski touring equipment," said R. Cst. Steve LeClair of Whistler RCMP.

The boys were found at approximately 11 p.m. thanks in part to a tip that came in earlier in the day from a man riding the Peak 2 Peak who witnessed two people down below near Fitzsimmons Creek. The pair was apparently skiing Cloud 9 before going out of bounds, police said.

"One male had gone into the creek, and both were cold," LeClair added. "But they were OK."

Whistler man caught dealing MDMA in village club, police say

A Whistler man was caught trafficking drugs inside a village nightclub last week, police said.

On the night of Jan. 18, a doorman called police to say he had just detained the male after reportedly witnessing him trafficking drugs inside the bar. The staff member told police he observed a man at one point hand over two small bags in return for cash.

The 21-year-old, who originally hails from Quebec, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance believed to be MDMA, police said.

Man claims bouncers assaulted him, but staff tells different story

A man reported an assault against him to police last week, but in the end, he was the one who was arrested.

In the early hours of Jan. 21, Whistler RCMP was contacted by a 21-year-old North Vancouver male who claimed he was assaulted by three bouncers at a village nightclub. When officers attended, they found the man crying and heavily intoxicated, police said.

The investigation revealed the male was removed from the bar after becoming aggressive with staff and was slapped when he threatened one of the doormen, LeClair said.

Further checks determined the man was on condition not to consume alcohol stemming from an ongoing investigation by North Vancouver RCMP.

RCMP investigating jewelry theft from village store

Local police are hoping to track down a female suspect linked to a November jewelry theft from a village store.

Now, Mounties are asking the public for help in identifying the suspect, a blonde female, who was captured on security cameras at a different store. She was wearing a black backpack, and accompanied by two other females dressed in black clothing.

The reported theft took place between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, police said.

If anyone is able to identify the suspect, please contact Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 and ask to speak with Const. Murillo.

Career shoplifters recognized by security officer, arrested

Two shoplifters with a reputation around town were arrested last week after a security guard recognized the pair from previous thefts.

On Jan. 21, Whistler RCMP was contacted by the security officer, who said he recognized the 65-year-old Vancouver man and 46-year-old Calgary woman after they had been caught on camera stealing property from local stores "on multiple occasions," LeClair said. "The security department actually had posters of these people on their office wall."

Upon arrest, officers found a tag demagnetizer and a lead-lined bag "to prevent the detection of stolen merchandise tags" on the couple. The man was also spotted on surveillance video trying on various jackets before slipping on his own coat to disguise his attempted theft.