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Hacked phone line results in $193K bill for Whistler business

Police Briefs: Stolen vehicle recovered; suspect damages ATM in Pemberton


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And you thought your monthly phone bill was bad.

Chances are it doesn’t compare to the $193,000 in charges a Whistler business racked up last week when a suspect hacked into the company phone line to make numerous international calls.

The report came into local police last Tuesday, March 24, after the Function Junction company received two phone bills — one totaling $120,000, the other for $73,000 — for calls made during a three-hour period to Cuba and Eastern Europe.

Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said he wasn’t sure how this particular scam was pulled off, but said the business would likely not be on the hook for the charges.

Police and the business’s phone company continue to investigate the calls.

Police recover another stolen vehicle

Police received another report of a stolen vehicle, following a string of car thefts that hit Whistler last week.

On Tuesday morning, March 31, RCMP received a report of a stolen white Nissan Rogue that had been taken from in front of a Function Junction business the previous night.

Police later recovered the vehicle in Surrey with visible damage to the steering column and ignition.

The SUV is currently being examined for possible forensic evidence.

The incident comes just days after several vehicles were reported stolen from Cheakamus Crossing and Function Junction.

While police believe last week’s thefts are related, there’s no evidence at this point to suggest that this most recent car jacking is linked to the earlier incidents, LeClair said.

RCMP were able to obtain fingerprints from one of the stolen vehicles recovered last week, and are currently awaiting results from the forensic lab in order to match them to a potential suspect.

Suspect uses fake credit card to rent car before dumping it in Surrey

Police are on the lookout for a suspect who allegedly rented a car from a Whistler company with a fraudulent credit card last week.

After employees learned the card was a fake, the suspect called requesting to extend his rental, and was told he had to return to the store in-person to do so. The suspect failed to appear, and did not return the vehicle by the agreed-upon date.

Police later recovered the vehicle with some minor damage in Surrey.

The investigation continues.

Suspect fails in attempt to steal ATM from Pemberton business

Surveillance video captured a suspect attempting to access an ATM from a Pemberton business last week.

The footage showed the male suspect damaging the machine, but he was ultimately unable to obtain any money.

Police continue to try to identify a suspect.