A Mt. Currie resident who called the police to report an assault turned out to be uncooperative when it came to helping police locate his attackers. The male was found by police walking on the highway in the WedgeWoods area, heading north to his home in Mt. Currie. The police verified that he had been assaulted, but with the man refusing to provide any specific information all they could do was arrange a ride to get him the rest of the way home. The call came in at 5 a.m. on Feb. 9.
More rental frauds reported
This past week two more vacation rental frauds were reported in Whistler with a total loss of $2,100 for the victims. On Feb. 8 the RCMP received a complaint from a visitor from Quebec who tried to rent a place on Northlands Boulevard on Craigslist. After investigating the incident, the victim discovered that the thief, based in the U.S., was using an email address that had been flagged online for these types of scams. That victim paid out $1,100 for the rental.
Another rental fraud was reported the following day for approximately $1,000. A visitor from Sweden rented the property on Craigslist; and sent the money to a scammer in the U.S.
People should use accredited rental sites to avoid being scammed, but if you do rent a place on Craigslist then you should arrange to make payment after you have the keys in hand.
Vehicles towed on Callaghan FSR
If you're going snowmobiling in the Callaghan, be sure not to park under the "No Parking" signs along the road. This week tow companies and RCMP towed two vehicles from the area and ticketed six others that could not be removed. People are advised to pay attention to signage and be aware that they can be towed and ticketed at any time.
Gas being siphoned
If you have a locking gas cap for your vehicle you might want to start using it. The RCMP received a call from a resident on Legacy Way in Cheakamus Crossing on Feb. 9 after the owner noticed the door to the gas tank on their vehicle had been left open and quickly quickly discovered that their gas had been stolen.
Deer killed on Highway 99
On Feb. 8, the RCMP answered a call regarding a motor vehicle accident at Highway 99 and Callaghan Creek. The driver struck a deer that was crossing the road. The deer died before the police arrived and there were no injuries to those in the vehicle.
There is a lot of wildlife on the roads, even in winter, and drivers should look well ahead and drive with high beams, when it's safe, to avoid deer and other wildlife.