Possible counterfeit cash passed off at Whistler businesses 

Police Briefs: Man wanted following break-ins; Phone scam in Squamish

click to flip through (2) PHOTOS COURTESY OF WHISTLER RCMP - Counterfeit cash Two men are alleged to have used counterfeit money at two Whistler businesses.
  • Photos courtesy of Whistler RCMP
  • Counterfeit cash Two men are alleged to have used counterfeit money at two Whistler businesses.
 

Whistler police are looking for two suspects who may have used counterfeit currency at a pair of local businesses in the past week.

In the first instance, approximately $400 in fake cash was passed off, recalled Cpl. Diane Blain. She was unsure how much counterfeit cash was allegedly used at the second business. Whistler RCMP provided two images from security footage of the suspects. Anyone with information on the identity of the males is asked to contact the detachment at 604-932-3044 or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Man wanted in connection with Squamish break-ins

Squamish police are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a pair of break-ins to two different businesses last week.

Squamish RCMP are now asking the public for help identifying a man who reportedly broke into a downtown restaurant, and café sometime overnight on Monday, Aug. 14.

In the first reported incident, the back door of the restaurant was forced open and cash was taken from the register. Police said money was also taken from the café's register.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, roughly 5-10 in height with a medium build, around 30 years old, clean shaven, wearing a black hoodie with a Nike logo.

Anyone with information is asked to call Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100 or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers.

Man almost forks over $3,600 in phone scam

Squamish police are urging the public to protect their personal information following a reported fraud involving a caller posing as a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employee.

Last Tuesday, Aug. 15, police said an "older gentleman" entered the Cleveland Avenue 7-Eleven while on the phone with a caller claiming to be a CRA agent, according to a release. Police said the caller appeared to direct the man to purchase $3,600 worth of iTunes gift cards before the sale was stopped by "a well-meaning Good Samaritan who realized what was happening and called police."

Squamish RCMP said they have received several recent reports of similar phone scams.

Taxpayers should be wary of any communication, be it by telephone, mail, text message or email, that claims to be from the CRA and requests personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.

Vehicle damaged by rocks at Joyride

Three males are facing charges after they allegedly threw rocks at a vehicle during the Red Bull Joyride event at Crankworx Whistler on Sunday, Aug. 20, police said. Blain said the suspects lobbed rocks "of various sizes" at the parked vehicle, damaging the windshield. They were later tracked down in the village and arrested.

The three males, all in their 20s, from Whistler and Chilliwack, will face charges of mischief.

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