Rash of vehicle break-ins reported overnight in Spruce Grove, Rainbow 

Police News: Domestic assault arrest, drivers warned to put away their phones

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Whistler police are dealing with a string of vehicle break-ins that took place overnight Wednesday, March 4.

Reports are still being filed by RCMP, but Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair confirmed there have been several overnight thefts in Spruce Grove, Whistler Cay Heights and Rainbow, as well as a report of a stolen car that was unconfirmed at press time.

A man called police this morning to say that his vehicle's driver-side window had been smashed while parked in front of his residence on Seppo's Way. Two pairs of sunglasses and a GPS were reported stolen, all valued at $700.

Another complainant reported that his unlocked vehicle parked on St. Andrews Way was entered overnight and a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses and a wallet were stolen.

In Rainbow, another unlocked vehicle was reportedly entered in the 8400 block of Ski Jump Rise. A garage door opener was reported missing.

LeClair said two additional break-ins occurred in the 7200 block of Spruce Grove Circle but he had no additional details at this time.

Police believe the string of thefts are related and that more than one suspect is involved.

"I’m sure we’re going to develop a pattern of what’s happened and we’ve got our (forensic) team coming up to examine different vehicles," he said. "We’re on top of it and will hopefully identify some suspects."

More to come.

Whistler business victim of extortion call

An unknown man allegedly posed as a BC Hydro worker in an attempt to extort money from a local restaurant.

On Feb. 27, staff at the Whistler eatery called police to report the call, saying a man had identified himself as a hydro worker threatening to shut off the power unless hundreds of dollars were sent to him within 45 minutes. The restaurant staff did not comply.

"It sounded legitimate but it wasn't," said RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair. "This is apparently a fraud that's been happening throughout the Lower Mainland."

No suspects have been identified.

Whistler man arrested after multiple witnesses report domestic assault

A Whistler man will head to court next month to answer charges of assault after several witnesses reported seeing a domestic abuse in progress.

On March 2 a witness called police to report a man pushing a female away from him in a parking lot in front of a village bank. The witness also said he observed the man head butt the alleged victim, his live-in girlfriend, who fell into a wall as a result. Two other complainants called police to report a disturbance around the same time.

Police said the couple was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

The 21-year-old man faces charges of assault and causing a disturbance while intoxicated.

Woman arrested for assault causing bodily harm

A Tipella, B.C. woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly caused multiple injuries to another female.

The 31-year-old suspect reportedly attended the worksite of the victim on Feb. 24 approximately 75 kilometres outside Mount Currie on the In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road and assaulted her, causing "multiple injuries to her head and body," said LeClair.

Police are recommending charges of assault causing bodily harm.

Delta man resists arrest following reported assault

Staff at a village pub called police early on March 1 to report that a male patron had punched another man and was ejected from the business.

Upon attending the scene, officers approached the suspect, noting he was heavily intoxicated.

The man resisted arrest, police said, "requiring all three officers and a doorman to pin him down and handcuff him," said LeClair. "He continued to resist and tried to pull away while walking to the police vehicle."

The 22-year-old Delta man now faces charges of assault and obstruction.

Put your cellphones away for Distracted Driving Month

Whistler RCMP will step up their enforcement of distracted driving throughout the month of March.

"You can expect police officers to be out in force issuing tickets for using electronic devices while driving," LeClair said.

Getting caught driving while texting will net you a $167 fine and a possible loss of points, LeClair said.

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