The RCMP are reviewing security camera footage from several locations to attempt to identify two men wanted for breaking into 15 vehicles and personal lockers in Whistler overnight on Dec. 18- 19. Most of the vehicles were in underground parking garages.
It's believed that the two male suspects stole a silver 1999 or 2000 Volkswagen Passat from Vancouver on Dec. 18, then made their way to Whistler to rob from cars and storage units. They punched out locks to access vehicles and used a pry bar on doors and lockers.
At 5:30 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 19, unaware of the thefts, the RCMP may have seen the vehicle at a highway safety check. A vehicle matching that description sped through a check stop, and the police gave chase. Due to the high rate of speed and possibility of an accident the RCMP broke off the chase.
After viewing the tape and confirming the type of car and year with a Volkswagen dealership, the Whistler RCMP contacted police in Vancouver and found that a car was taken that matched the description of the vehicle in Whistler.
The vehicle was found in Vancouver on Dec. 20.
The RCMP are continuing to investigate, going through security footage and working with Vancouver police to identify the suspects.
The police remind people never to leave valuables in their vehicles. If you saw a car matching that description please contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The RCMP do not know at this point if the same suspects are behind two other storage locker break-ins reported earlier in the week.
On Dec. 15, the police attended a call to the 3000-block of Hillcrest Drive where a storage locker was broken into. It didn't appear at first glance that anything had been taken, but one of the residents called the police to report the theft of two Transition bikes and a Dakine backpack containing a camera and other personal items.
On Dec. 16, the RCMP attended a call at the 4200 block of Mountain Square after a break-in at a storage locker utilized by three or four local businesses. It appeared that the lock had been pried. The RCMP are investigating both incidents, and waiting for the business owners to compile a list of stolen items.
On Dec. 18 the RCMP also received a report that a vehicle was broken into in a hotel parking garage on Dec. 15. There was no sign of forced entry, but the thief took a camera bag containing a Canon 70 DSLR valued at $3,400, a video camera worth $350 and a pair of ski goggles with a built-in camera worth $2,000.