A fleet of 20 four-wheel All Terrain Vehicles was stolen from the base of Whistler Mountain, near the Fitzsimmons Bus Loop, in the early morning of Oct. 6. According to the RCMP the ATVs are newer model Yamahas and Bombardiers, and are either red or green in colour.
The estimated value of the machines is approximately $100,000.
"Its a large amount, which is why were guessing that they might still be in the area," said Constable Devon Jones of the Whistler RCMP. "We have an ongoing investigation with our support network, and were hoping someone saw something that could be of assistance to us. We dont know what kind of truck or trucks were looking for yet."
Snowmobiles and ATVs have been stolen from the site in the past, including four ATVs at this time last year.
According to Doug Washer, the owner and operator of Canadian Snowmobile Adventures, the thieves cut through a series of locks and cables that secured the machines. The thieves couldnt have started the ATVs without the keys, although it is possible to hotwire the ignitions.
"If you know what youre doing you can take anything, even a car with an alarm. I guess if people really want them, theyre going to find a way," said Washer.
Although the theft will have an impact on business, Washer says that CSA is still up and running "with the majority of our fleet. Its lucky that its the slower time of year for Whistler, although that might be how they got away with it, but well still be out doing tours."
CSA will also look into making new security arrangements.
"We have to look into that for sure, and see what resources we can use. We have to change our practices for the future, thats for sure," said Washer.
If you saw or heard anything suspicious, contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044.
RCMP pursuing hit and run
After conducting an eight-month investigation into a hit and run accident that injured a member of the Whistler RCMP, the police are seeking the publics assistance.
On Saturday, Jan. 17 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a police officers was struck by a passing vehicle after making a vehicle stop just south of Function Junction on Highway 99. The officer was wearing a yellow, high-visibility police jacket and the emergency lights on the marked police car were operating. The officer was walking back to the drivers side door of his vehicle when the accident occurred.
The RCMP believe that the suspect vehicle is an older model Econoline van. It was blue in colour and had one headlight out.
The officer suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries.
Police are asking for the publics assistance in locating the vehicle and driver. If anyone witnessed the incident, or has any information that could assist the RCMP, contact Corporal Joe Schofield from Sea to Sky RCMP Traffic Services at 604-892-6100.
Toy gun used in attempted robbery
RCMP are looking for a man who attempted to rob the Food Plus in Creekside with a toy laser tag-style gun on Monday, Sept. 27 at 3:15 p.m.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his early 20s, approximately 62" and 180 pounds. He was wearing a black spring jacket with a hood, blue jeans and sunglasses.
The perpetrator showed his gun to the clerk and said, "Give me all your money." The clerk refused, and pushed the suspect out the door. The suspect was last seen running away towards the Gondola Village area.
Anyone with information should call the RCMP at 604-932-3044.
Cocaine arrests in busy RCMP weekend
It was another busy weekend for the Whistler RCMP with members attending 14 noise complaints, nine bear calls, and making four arrests for being drunk in a public place. Three of the people arrested were from Whistler and one from Squamish.
On a more serious note, an RCMP investigation on Friday, Oct. 1 led to the arrest of 32-year-old Norman Keith Tompkins of Squamish. He was charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Prohibited Weapon.
RCMP recovered a "substantial" amount of marijuana, a small amount of cocaine and a butterfly knife.
As a result of the investigation a 21 year old from Whistler was also found in possession of cocaine. Charges are pending.
Both Tompkins and the 21 year old were held in custody and released shortly afterwards with a scheduled court date of Nov. 24 in North Vancouver.
On Sunday, Oct. 3, another 21 year old from Whistler, Nicholas Price, was arrested at approximately 7:35 p.m. on an arrest warrant. He was subsequently charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
RCMP recovered cocaine during a search.
Price was taken to the RCMP detachment and released on the condition that he turn over his cell phone/pager, and is not to be found in possession of a cell phone or pager. He is scheduled to attend court on Nov. 17 in North Vancouver.