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RCMP arrest three for assault with belts


Two men are facing charges of assault with a weapon and charges are being considered for a third suspect after a late night brawl in a hotel elevator.

According to the RCMP they responded to a call of a fight in an elevator around 2 a.m. on Dec. 6. The officers attending the scene soon after located suspects on the second floor holding their belts. The attack with belt buckles was vicious enough that police have ordered DNA tests on blood found on one of the belts as well as the shirt of one of the attackers.

The three suspects are from North Vancouver and their victims were from the Lower Mainland as well. There's no word on what may have happened leading up to the attack. RCMP are still investigating.

Earlier in the evening the RCMP intervened in a dispute between a bouncer and an inebriated person who then punched an officer in the face. He was taken to the ground and arrested. He will be charged with creating a disturbance and assaulting a peace officer, as well as assessed a $500 fine for breaching the municipality's bylaw for obstruction. The suspect is a 30-year-old Whistler male.


Extremely drunk drivers stopped by RCMP

The RCMP is charging two Whistler residents with impaired driving, adding to the long list of drunk drivers caught in the act recently.

The first incident was called in by a concerned member of the public. When the police attended they found the vehicle parked outside a residence in Alpine Meadows with the engine running. They smelled alcohol when they spoke to the driver and gave him a roadside test, which he failed. He was then brought back to the RCMP detachment for a breathalyzer where he blew two samples of .240, three times the legal limit. The 35-year-old Whistler resident was held for the Justice of the Peace and is facing charges of impaired driving, and driving over the limit of .08.

On Dec. 4 at 3:20 a.m., police officers witnessed a vehicle attempting to turn onto Blackcomb Way from the day skier lots roll backwards and stop. When they approached the vehicle the female driver fell out of the vehicle and onto the pavement.

The 24-year-old Whistler resident was brought into the detachment across the road for a breathalyzer, and provided samples of .150 - almost twice the legal limit.

Theft steals snowboard, oatmeal

A resident of staff housing at Base II returned home at 1:49 a.m. on Dec. 2 to catch a break and enter in progress. The person entered the residence through an open window in the common room and escaped on foot down Glacier Lane with others chasing.

According to the RCMP the suspect stole a snowboard, two pairs of goggles and a box of oatmeal. The thief is described as approximately five-foot-10, Caucasian with dark hair and tan-coloured shoes.


Vehicle, snowmobile thefts reported

RCMP are investigating several vehicle and trailer thefts this past week.

On Dec. 2 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. a thief or thieves stole a trailer from Alta Lake Road that held two 2007 Bombardier Summit 800 Rev snowmobiles, one blue and one black. If anyone saw anything suspicious contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044.

At 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 the RCMP received a report of a stolen green Toyota Previa van from an underground lot on Ptarmigan Place. The vehicle was stolen between midnight and 8:45 a.m. There were skis and tools in the vehicle, as well as backcountry safety gear by Recco. The incident is still under investigation.

Last but not least, RCMP received a call that a large trailer was stolen from Alpha Lake Road. The theft of the enclosed, white trailer was reported at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7.


Grocery store break-in under investigation

The RCMP are reviewing video surveillance from the area after a local grocery store was broken into at roughly 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 7. The call came from the security company that investigated the alarm, and found a door pried open.

The thief took a lottery ticket case and a till from the store.