Pedestrian walk boxes attacked 

‘Alcohol might have something to do with it’

The Whistler RCMP arrested a 30-year-old Ontario man for allegedly stealing eight pedestrian walk boxes at Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way on Tuesday morning.

According to Sgt. Steve Wright, someone called the Whistler RCMP around 1 a.m., Aug. 4, claiming they could see a male hitting a lamppost with a large stick. When police officers arrived on scene, they found a man using a large rock to break off the buttons that activate the pedestrian crossing lights.

"We think alcohol might have something to do with it," said Wright. "He was intoxicated when he was arrested."

RCMP officers recovered all eight pedestrian walk boxes, but Wright was not sure if they are still reusable. The units cost about $5,000 each, he said, plus there is a cost to install them.

The man was transported to North Vancouver Court, where he appeared Tuesday afternoon. The Whistler RCMP recommended charging him with one count of mischief over $5,000, Wright said, but the Crown could increase the charge to eight counts of mischief. The maximum sentence he could receive is 10 years in jail. 

Woman assaulted in pickup truck near Creekside

A woman was sexually assaulted near Creekside this weekend, according to the RCMP.

On Monday, Aug. 3, at approximately 6:15 a.m., a female was on the side of Highway 99 adjusting her backpack when a man pulled up in pickup truck and offered her a ride.

"She got in the vehicle and asked to be taken to Nesters Market," said Sgt. Steve Wright. "The male made sexual advances towards her and touched her inappropriately."

The man was described as six feet tall, thin, lean build and in his 30s. At the time of the alleged assault, he was wearing a tan coloured cap, tan coloured long-sleeve shirt and dark pants.

The man told the woman he was a tree faller, a logger who cuts down trees, said Wright. He had a black Labrador dog in the pickup truck with him, and the dog's name was Cam.

Wright added the pickup truck was either dark blue or dark grey, and it could be a late 1990s Toyota two-seater. There were Tupperware bins and an axe in the truck's bed.

Anyone with more information are asked to call the RCMP.

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Only three weeks after two of his buses were set on fire, Hunter reported this week that 14 tires on his company's vehicles were slashed.

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