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Sharp-eyed cyclists spot stolen bikes in Whistler A couple of Vancouver mountain bike enthusiasts did a bit of their own detective work to help track down two high-end bikes stolen at home and found on sale in Whistler last week. Cpl. Mike Shannon said Whistler RCMP were contacted after the cyclists found their bikes for sale in Whistler and were able to confirm ownership through serial numbers. Shannon said the bikes were unique, $3,000 mountain bikes and were fairly easily found by the owners. As a precaution to anyone interested in buying an expensive used bike, Shannon suggests potential purchasers obtain the serial numbers and contact the RCMP to run a check before signing the deal. "If it turns out to be stolen, you're out of a bike," he said. Careless driving leads to several accidents Whistler sees its share of people apparently exercising holiday driving techniques, and the results were serious for a number of motorists throughout the week. Shannon said a two-vehicle accident on Highway 99 at Whistler Road left traffic backed up for an hour on the morning of July 20. A southbound vehicle had stopped to turn left from the highway on to Whistler Road, when it was struck by a northbound vehicle and flipped over. The driver of the second vehicle had apparently reached down to pick an item off the floor of the car and failed to see the other car in time. The second vehicle's driver was charged with driving without due care and attention. A separate incident occurred on July 17 when a car made an illegal U-turn at the intersection of Northlands and Village Gate Boulevards. A motorcyclist following behind was not able to react to the automobile driver's move and crashed into the rear of the vehicle, resulting in minor injuries. The driver of the car was charged for making an unsafe U-turn. RCMP were also called to St. Andrew's Way at 3:30 a.m. on July 19 after witnesses saw a black Chevy Blazer roll into the ditch and the driver and passenger flee on foot. Shannon said the vehicle was registered in Whistler and the driver was eventually contacted and given a traffic violation for failing to remain at the scene of an accident. Alcohol was suspected in the crash. Bad week for B&Es Police responded to three separate break and enter reports throughout the week, including one incident thought to be related to an ongoing criminal investigation into the operators of Affordable Holiday Homes. The details are not entirely clear on what happened after two females and a male apparently backed up a Budget cube van to a Callaghan Drive home on July 12 and removed all of the contents. Shannon said the incident may be connected to the ongoing fraud investigation related to the Affordable Holiday Homes rental company, although he said he was not sure if the home was a property rented by the company or owned by one of its principals. Witnesses saw the trio casually emptied the home throughout the day but were unable to provide a licence plate number. Officers also investigated a break-in at a home on Eagle Drive on July 14. Shannon said the home had been damaged by fire last year and had been locked up, but thieves still managed to get access to the property and steal tools, as well as kicking holes in the drywall and smashing windows. On July 18, the RCMP were informed of an attempted break and enter at the Whistler Creek Athletic Club in Creekside. The doors at the club had been pried open but nothing appeared to have been stolen. Lock those hotel doors Visitors are reminded to use a bit of common sense when it comes to their hotel rooms after RCMP received a report of a wallet being stolen from a local condo-hotel. Shannon said a further investigation revealed that the room's door lock wasn't working properly and had allowed someone to enter and make off with the wallet. RCMP recommend that visitors always make sure their door locks work when they first check into a room and be sure to completely lock the door behind them when they leave for the evening. Stolen Olds recovered Someone apparently looking for a cheap ride to Squamish hit the Husky service station between July 16 and 17 and made off with a 1985 Oldsmobile, kept behind the station on Lake Placid Road. The keys had been left in the car. Squamish RCMP recovered the car in Squamish on July 18 with no new damage.

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