A local man was left shaken after he was reportedly robbed at knifepoint in Creekside on Sunday, Aug. 21.
Police attended the 2100 block of Lake Placid Road just before 9 p.m., where they were advised by a third party that, 30 minutes prior, an unknown male approached another male and “held a knife to his face/throat area” asking for money. The victim reportedly handed over the cash he had on him before the suspect fled the scene.
Whistler RCMP Sgt. Rob Knapton said he had no description of the suspect, who remains at large. He also said police are looking into whether there was surveillance footage of the incident.
Robberies are a relative rarity in Whistler; Knapton said there was an incident reported in May of this year, one in May 2015, and two in 2014, including another involving a knife.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or BC Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
‘Violent’ male bites bar employee
A Coquitlam man proved he was more bite than bark this week after he reportedly became violent with staff at a village bar.
Police were called to the 4200 block of Mountain Square just after 2 a.m. on Aug. 20. The investigation revealed that the 32-year-old suspect “had become violent and refused to leave… at closing time,” police said. While being escorted out, the man reportedly bit a staff member, resulting in a minor cut to the forearm.
Police later learned the man was in breach of his court conditions not to consume alcohol. He was released with a future court date.
Vehicle stolen from village recovered in Vancouver
Vancouver Police have recovered a vehicle that was stolen from the village last week, RCMP said.
Just after midnight on Aug. 19, Whistler RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle from an underground parking lot in the 4200 block of Gateway Drive. Police said the vehicle was stolen sometime after 6:20 a.m. the previous day.
The next day, police found the vehicle abandoned on a Vancouver roadway.
On Aug. 18, police said “many items” were reported stolen from a vehicle that was broken into while parked in a lot near Spruce Grove.
That morning, Whistler RCMP received a tip that the vehicle’s rear-side door window had been smashed in the 8000 block of Mons Road. The theft occurred sometime in the night, police said.
Then, on Aug. 21, another vehicle was reportedly entered through a smashed rear window while parked in an underground lot in the 4300 block of Northlands Boulevard. The incident occurred sometime between 10:15 a.m. on Aug. 20 and 10:54 a.m. the following day, police said.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact Whistler RCMP or BC Crimestoppers.
Rash of bike thefts mark final week of Crankworx
Crankworx, the world’s largest mountain bike festival, is a must-attend event for pedalheads around the globe.
It’s also, it turns out, a popular draw for bike thieves.
Police tallied a total of 11 bike thefts around the resort spanning Aug. 15 to 21. The incidents were mostly concentrated to the village, but Mounties also investigated thefts from Creekside, Nesters and the base of Blackcomb.
In another instance, a group of males reportedly thwarted the theft of a bike from the Village Stroll in the early evening of Aug. 16.
The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as a Caucasian male of slim build in his mid-30s, approximately six-feet tall, with shoulder-length light brown hair, wearing a white shirt and khaki pants.
Anyone with information on this or any other bike theft is asked to contact Whistler RCMP or BC Crimestoppers.