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Charges on the way in rental scan
The Whistler RCMP are wrapping up their investigation and preparing fraud charges against a man who defrauded 21 people out of roughly $13,000 in cash in a rental scan. The man advertised a room for sublet on the 6100 block of Eagle Drive, taking damage deposits from renters in the $500 range. When the renters arrived they discovered that the room was already occupied.
The male suspect was from out-of-country, and the RCMP say they knew where he was at one time. If the charges go through they may try to extradite the man back to Canada.
"You have to stoop pretty low to do something like that, and take advantage of all these young people coming to Whistler," said Staff Sgt. LeClair. "And to have this as their first experience here is really disappointing."
Watch your possessions
The RCMP have received a half dozen complaints about skis and snowboards going missing in the Village and on the mountains in the last week, and are reminding people to lock up their gear or at the least separate their skis to deter thieves. None of the stolen items were locked up.
They also received one report where a black StepChild snowboard and bindings with a replacement value of $1,300 were stolen from a locker in a Village hotel on Main Street. The report came in on Jan. 4, and the theft likely occurred on Jan. 1 or 2.
As well, the RCMP are warning young people hosting house parties to be vigilant after receiving three reports of items stolen from homes by thieves mixing in with party-goers, such as cell phones and sunglasses.