Playing good Samaritan netted the Whistler RCMP a significant drug bust last week, in an incident that Sergeant Steve Wright said was made for "world's dumbest criminals."
On March 27, an RCMP officer was dealing with a public disturbance issue in the village when he came across a dropped cell phone. The person who the police were arresting denied the phone was his, and the next day the officer started to go through the address book to find out who the phone belonged to.
The first number belonged to a woman, who wasn't cooperative and denied knowing the owner of the phone. So the constable tried the next number, and before he could identify himself as a police officer looking for the owner of a phone the male on the other end, recognizing the number by call display, was already offering him drugs. Playing along, the officer arranged to purchase $250 of ecstasy from the suspect, and arranged to meet him at a public location.
Two RCMP officers went out in plainclothes, and arrested a 24-year-old male for trafficking narcotics. RCMP say he had 100 pills on his person that are believed to be ecstasy.
He has not been charged yet.
"If the person we arrested on an unrelated matter admitted the phone was his, or the woman we called helped us identify the rightful owner, this would likely not have happened," said Sgt. Wright.
Truck and sled stolen from Creekside
After a recent lull in auto thefts, the Whistler RCMP responded to a call on Sarejevo Drive in Creekside on March 30, after a black 2002 Mazda pickup, licence plate 4499LK, was stolen with a Polaris snowmobile in the back. The theft occurred between the hours of 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.
According to the RCMP it's too early to tell whether the theft may be related to a string of vehicle thefts that took place in December and January.
Bar association asks patrons to go quietly
The RCMP approached the Whistler Bar Association recently to ask their help in reducing after hours noise in the village, while visitors are sleeping in hotels.
Now, in addition to staggered closing times to make the dispersal of bar patrons more orderly, bar staff have been posted at the doors to ask patrons to be quiet and courteous when heading home through the village.
Sgt. Steve Wright says the program has been a success in keeping noise levels down, and praised the bars for taking the issue seriously.
Over the years, Wright says the RMOW and Tourism Whistler have received countless letters from angry guests that were woken up in the middle night by partiers, and that stakeholders worked together to develop a noise reduction strategy.
RMOW ask public to be aware of credit card scam
The Whistler RCMP are advising people to be aware of a likely credit card scam after receiving an e-mail from a resident.
The scam promises to credit respondents' credit cards with $80 for answering eight questions in an online survey by McDonald's restaurants. The RCMP contacted McDonald's who confirmed that they are not involved in any survey.