Man sentenced to four years in connection with Squamish robbery 

Police Briefs: Man with knife threatens pedestrians; Items stolen in Alpine break-ins

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A man who robbed a Squamish liquor store last fall has been sentenced to prison, according to police.

On the night of Oct. 2, 2016, Aaron Hastie entered the Sea to Sky Hotel Beer and Wine Store wielding what appeared to be a handgun before robbing the store and fleeing on foot. Within days, Squamish RCMP tracked Hastie down and charged him with multiple crimes.

He appeared in court on July 18 and was sentenced to four years for robbery, use of an imitation firearm, and disguise with intent. With credit for time served, police said Hastie would end up spending just under three years in jail.

“This file is a perfect example of multiple RCMP sections and units combining for a successful outcome and prosecution,” said Cpl. Sascha Banks in a release. “Squamish RCMP would also like to thank the Squamish community for their assistance in the investigation.”

Knife-wielding man allegedly threatens pedestrians on Village Stroll

Local police are following up on a disturbing report of a man with a knife who allegedly threatened people on the Village Stroll last week.

The suspect was apparently seen running through the Village Stroll with the weapon and threatening passers-by at around 2:30 a.m. on July 19.

He is described as Caucasian, 5-10 in height, wearing a light-coloured shirt and pants.

Police are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the detachment at 604-932-3044.

Police investigating reported break-ins in Alpine

The Whistler RCMP is looking for information on a pair of break-ins reported in the Alpine neighbourhood last week.

Police said a garage and shed near Chalet Drive were broken into sometime between Friday night, July 22, and early the following morning. Several items were reported stolen, police said, including a number of bikes, a hockey bag and a chainsaw.

Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity during that timeframe is asked to contact the detachment.

click to enlarge Security footage of a female suspect linked to the theft of a backpack reported last week from a Creekside coffee shop. - IMAGE COURTESY OF WHISTLER RCMP
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  • Security footage of a female suspect linked to the theft of a backpack reported last week from a Creekside coffee shop.

Backpack lifted from Creekside coffee shop

A backpack containing two wallets filled with cash was reportedly stolen from a Creekside coffee shop last week, police said. The alleged theft took place between 11 p.m. on July 18 and 11 a.m. on July 19.

Contact the Whistler RCMP or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers with any information on the incident.

Bayshore hit with trio of thefts

In the early hours of July 18, local police said there were three reported thefts from vehicles in the Bayshores area.

In the wake of the thefts, Whistler RCMP is reminding the public to always lock unattended vehicles, and to never leave valuables, car keys, or garage openers in the vehicle.

Anyone with information on the thefts should call the detachment or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

click to enlarge A suspect linked to a recent jewelry theft from a local gift shop is pictured. - IMAGE COURTESY OF WHISTLER RCMP
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  • A suspect linked to a recent jewelry theft from a local gift shop is pictured.

Cops looking for shoplifter after alleged theft from Whistler gift shop

Whistler RCMP has released a surveillance photo of a suspect linked to a theft from a local gift shop this week.

The female reportedly stole a piece of jewelry valued at $50.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the detachment or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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