Men caught casing Whistler jewelry store: RCMP 

Police Briefs: Truck driver causes collision; Gear stolen from garage

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A pair of Vancouver men had a lot to explain to local police after they were apparently seen casing a jewelry store this week.

In the wee hours of Oct. 18, a witness called police to report two suspicious males lingering around the village store.

Armed with a description, police were able to locate the suspects on their bikes nearby.

"The males were evasive with police and would not answer simple questions regarding where they were coming from or going to, or about the bikes in their possession," said Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.

Both refused to give their names to police and were detained. A search of the suspects' bags uncovered apparent break-and-enter tools, walkie-talkies, a pair of masks, drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine, police said. One the men was also wearing a wig.

Officers later linked the suspects' bikes to a recent break-and-enter.

The 35-year-old and 40-year-old men now face numerous charges.

Dump truck driver arrested for impaired driving

The driver of a dump truck is facing drunk driving charges after he reportedly caused a collision with another vehicle in Pemberton last week.

Police were tipped off to the accident on Oct. 15 by a man who said his vehicle was struck by the oncoming truck at the 47-kilometre mark of the Lillooet Forest Service Road. The truck's operator reportedly left the scene of the accident before driving down a nearby embankment and coming to a stop.

Once on the scene, police noticed a strong smell of liquor on the man's breath. The driver then failed to provide an adequate breathalyzer sample despite multiple attempts, police said.

The 51-year-old Pemberton man had his license suspended and will appear in court next month.

The following day Whistler police dealt with another impaired driver, who was stopped at a routine road safety check at Hillcrest Drive and Highway 99.

Despite slurring his words and having an odour of liquor on his breath, police said the man told an officer he had not consumed alcohol that night before later admitting he'd had one drink.

The driver also failed a roadside sobriety test before being taken to the local police detachment, where he refused to provide a breathalyzer sample.

The 43-year-old Whistler man had his license suspended and will appear in court next month.

Bikes, snowboard taken from Spruce Grove garage

Three bikes and a snowboard were reportedly taken from a Whistler home this week.

On Oct. 18, the occupant of a Spruce Grove Circle home called police to report the theft, which is believed to have occurred sometime in the previous five days.

"Police attended and met with the male who advised them that somehow a suspect had entered (the garage)," said LeClair.

The missing snowboard, a red and black Burton Fish, belonged to the complainant. The bikes, however, belonged to the house's owner who does not live at the residence.

Tools reported stolen from Pemberton shed

Approximately $900 worth of tools were reported stolen from a shed in Pemberton last week.

On Oct. 16, a man called Pemberton RCMP to report that the equipment had been taken overnight from his Reid Road property. Among the missing tools were an electric water pump, a DeWalt ruther and some hand tools.

The investigation is ongoing.


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