Rise in bike thefts in last week, police say 

Police Briefs: Motorcyle reported stolen; iPad goes missing from Whistler Museum

click to enlarge FILE IMAGE COURTESY RCMP
  • FILE IMAGE COURTESY RCMP

The Whistler RCMP is reporting a recent increase in bike theft, with five bikes allegedly stolen over the course of two days last week.

Police were notified on July 11 that two bikes had gone missing from outside an apartment in the 6100 block of Eagle Ridge Crescent in Creekside. The bikes had been locked to a post outside the building with a heavy chain at 10:30 p.m. the night before, police said in a release. When the owners returned at 1 p.m. the next day, they found the locks had been cut and the charcoal-coloured 2017 Norco Storm women's mountain bike and the black and grey 2011 Remedy men's mountain bike were gone.

At about 8:15 a.m. on July 12, police received another report of a missing bike from the same area of Creekside. The owner similarly reported that he had locked his bike up outside the night prior.

It's described as a 2005 Giant AC bike that had seen some upgrades, police said.

Only hours later, police received another report of a missing bike, this time from the 4100 block of Village Gate Boulevard. The owner told police he had left his bike unsecured in an area he felt was "out of the way" to find it missing when he returned approximately five minutes later.

The bike is described as an all-black, 10-year-old Norco mountain bike.

At 12:35 p.m. the same day, another bike was reported stolen from the 4500 block of Chateau Boulevard in the Upper Village. The theft is believed to have taken place sometime between 1 p.m. on July 11 and 9:30 a.m. the next morning.

It's described as a blue and black men's medium Giant Reign 2.

As always, the Whistler RCMP urges the public to not only ensure their bikes are secured, but also to record the model's serial number and take photographs of the bike to assist in its recovery in the event it's stolen.

The local detachment continues to work with Garage 529, "an online program designed to help owners register and keep track of their bikes, serial numbers and other pertinent information using special media to alert the community" if a bike is stolen. The program, created by former Microsoft executive J Allard in 2014, also allows users to register their bikes with a visible, tamper-proof decal.

Learn more at project529.com.

Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information on the thefts to contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

Motorcycle reported stolen from Nordic

Whistler police continue to investigate a report of a motorcycle stolen from Nordic last week, according to a release.

The registered owner of the bike said it was last seen on the evening of July 9 before noticing it missing on July 11.

It's described as a black, 2015 model 250cc Suzuki GW motorcycle, with the license plate Y84418. There are also "notable scratches" on the left side of the bike, according to the owner.

"Police want to ensure that if you see the vehicle not to approach it or any person," RCMP said in the release.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

iPad reported stolen from Whistler Museum

An iPad was reportedly stolen from the Whistler Museum and Archives this weekend, police said in a release.

Museum director Bradley Nichols said the 2012 model device was used to play films on the museum's TV and contained several short cuts of historical films-the majority of which were backed up.

"One of the films wasn't backed up, so we have to re-edit it, not a big deal. But the software was a little older ... than what we're able to get on newer iPads, and even if we get the software, it doesn't quite work," said Nichols, who noted that the museum is looking into replacement software.

The iPad was reportedly stolen from an unlocked metal bracket sometime between 3:40 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, police said. It may be engraved with "Whistler Museum & Archives."

The Whistler RCMP continues to investigate and asks anyone who locates an abandoned iPad or has information on the alleged theft to contact the detachment at 604-932-3044, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

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