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Couple leads Pemberton police on chase after stealing delivery van

Police Briefs: Suspect arrested three years after theft; burnt-out truck discovered near Pemberton

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A Vancouver man and an Alberta woman were arrested last week after they stole a delivery van and led police on a chase through Pemberton Meadows Road, according to a release.

At about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, Pemberton RCMP was tipped off to the van, stolen from the 1300 block of Aster Street, after the driver had briefly exited the vehicle.

Mounties eventually caught up and attempted to stop the vehicle as it made its way along Pemberton Meadows Road, but the pair managed to get away-at least for the time being. Investigators learned that the van had continued 30 kilometres up the Meager Creek Forest Service Road, where it was abandoned. With the assistance of search dogs, police eventually located the 19-year-old man and 28-year-old woman roughly three kms from where they left the van. They were both suffering the effects of cold exposure at the time, police said.

The pair now faces numerous charges.

"The police would like to thank the community of Pemberton for being alert to suspicious activity and reporting what they observed to police, as it was instrumental in capturing these two individuals very quickly and safely," the release stated.

Pemberton RCMP is asking anyone who witnessed this incident that has not yet spoken to police to contact the detachment at 604-894-6635, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

SUSPECT ARRESTED THREE YEARS AFTER ALLEGED THEFT IN WHISTLER

A Burnaby man was arrested last week nearly three years after an alleged theft in Whistler, according to a release.

At approximately 2 p.m. last Tuesday, Nov. 19, Whistler RCMP was alerted to three suspicious males walking along the Village Stroll, one of whom was believed to be responsible for a theft from 2016, police said.

Officers located the males, who fled police when they attempted to detain them. Two of the men were tracked down after a short foot chase, while the third remains at large.

One of the suspects, a 28-year-old Burnaby man, was arrested with a promise to appear in court next month on charges related to the three-year-old theft, and for possession of break-in instruments and theft "resulting from events" on Nov. 19, police said.

The second male, a 24-year-old U.S. citizen, had an outstanding warrant in Vancouver for theft, and was found to have entered the country illegally, police said. He was subsequently brought before a provincial judge and deported back to the U.S.

"Whistler RCMP would like to thank members of the public for providing information that has led to the apprehension of these individuals," the release stated.

Anyone with further information on the incident 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.

BURNT-OUT VEHICLE FOUND NEAR BRIAN WADDINGTON HUT 'VERY EERIE'

Pemberton RCMP is investigating a burnt-out vehicle that was found at a backcountry hut on the shores of Long Lake this weekend, police said in a release.

At about 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, police were informed of the abandoned, charred pickup found at the trailhead near the Brain Waddington Hut.

James Starke, writing on the South Coast Touring Facebook group, said the truck "smelt very fresh" when he discovered it with a group of friends alongside "possessions thrown all over the area," including two passports, three smashed cellphones, a destroyed laptop, ID cards, toiletry bags and clothing.

"It felt like a crime scene and had a very eerie feeling," he wrote.

Police have recovered some of the items in the hopes that they may help identify the truck's owner, "however, given its condition, location and time of year [that] will prove challenging," the release went on.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the Pemberton RCMP at 604-894-6634, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

An update to this brief on Thursday, Nov. 28 can be found here.