Teenagers enter Whistler school through unlocked door, steal fire extinguisher 

Police news: Pemby bus taken for joy ride, high-end bikes stolen, impaired driver stopped

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CLARE OGILVIE - BREAK IN Six youths allegedly entered Whistler Secondary School. No damage was reported.
  • Photo By Clare Ogilvie
  • BREAK IN Six youths allegedly entered Whistler Secondary School. No damage was reported.

Police are not recommending criminal charges for a group of six teenagers who allegedly entered a Whistler school through an unlocked door just before 4 a.m. on Saturday, July 26.

Multiple alarms were triggered at the school and, upon attending police observed a vehicle leaving the scene. Officers stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver, who explained she was picking up friends. The group, made up of four males and two females between the ages of 17 and 19, said they walked around the premises for a time before one of the youths took a fire extinguisher, eventually spraying it into a bush outside, where it was found by police. No property damage or other missing items were reported.

Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said no criminal charges are being pursued for the Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver teens, although other measures are being considered.

"Police are contemplating a variety of remedies for this, including issuing bylaw tickets under the nuisance bylaw and potentially a community justice forum with subsequent repayment of any damage and community service," he explained.

Stolen bus taken for joyride in Pemberton

Police received a report of a stolen bus from the area of Vine Road and Highway 99 in Pemberton on Saturday morning, July 26.

LeClair said the keys were left in the bus at the time it was taken. It was found several hours later on the Mackenzie Basin Forest Service Road with no visible damage. The vehicle was towed and secured and is being held for forensic examination.

Pair of high-end bikes reported stolen from Whistler garage

A Whistler local is hoping for the safe return of two high-end mountain bikes that were reportedly stolen from a detached garage in the 7300 block of Toni Sailer Lane on July 15.

The suspect, or suspects, entered through an unlocked door and stole a blue men's Meta AM bike, valued at $7,000, and a women's black and gold bike, worth $8,000, police said. A black and white Fox full-face helmet was also reported stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Whistler RCMP Detachment at 604-932-3044.

Another break-in was reported to police on Friday, July 25, this time from a residence in the 8500 block of Ashleigh McIvor Drive. It is believed the theft of a pair of bikes and two sets of golf clubs took place sometime during the nights of July 21 or 22, police said.

After the alleged incident, the complainant discovered the garage door was open and the remote garage door opener was missing from the homeowner's vehicle. Police believe the suspect may have broken into the vehicle, taken the remote and entered the garage, as there was slight damage observed on the driver's side door.

Impaired driver already had license suspended

On Thursday, July 24, police received a report of a possible impaired driver in the 1000 block of Lynham Road.

Police soon discovered the vehicle's registered owner was a prohibited driver stemming from a previous roadside prohibition, LeClair said.

Officers eventually caught up with the 35-year-old Whistler man on Alpha Lake Road, where they initiated a traffic stop. The man had slowed, slurred speech and smelt of liquor, police said.

The man subsequently failed a roadside breathalyzer test and now faces charges of impaired driving and driving while prohibited.



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