A landlord made an unusual discovery on the windowsill of his rental home in Alpine Meadows on Tuesday, Sept. 21 - a grenade.
The owner of the home confirmed to the RCMP that the place was rented to tenants over the summer months but they had not been back to the property since.
The Whistler RCMP contacted the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit in Vancouver, who removed the grenade from the property and placed it in a container where it was exploded. It is believed to have been a live grenade, and the leftover fragments have been sent for forensic testing to learn more about it.
There were no injuries or property damage, and the RCMP are now searching for the previous tenants of the house as part of their investigation.
Arrests made in three-province crime spree
One suspect has been arrested and another is under investigation after a vehicle theft and crime spree covering three provinces came to an end on Friday, Sept. 24 in Fairview, Alberta. A 22-year-old male is facing numerous charges of Theft of Property over $5,000 and Possession of Stolen property - although the exact charges won't be known until the police complete their investigation.
His female accomplice, 17 years old, is still being investigated, but no charges have been laid at this point.
The RCMP are still piecing together the details, but it appears that the couple left home in the Fairview area on Aug. 30 and headed north to Yellowknife, where they are alleged to have stolen another vehicle. They then headed south and west and ended up in Sea to Sky last week, where a series of incidents were reported.
"It appears that the thieves would steal a vehicle and then drive it until they ran out of gas," said Sergeant Shawn LeMay of the Whistler RCMP.
On Monday, Sept. 20 the RCMP received a call that a suspicious couple were fiddling with a snowmobile on the 6100 Block of Snowridge Crescent before a neighbour challenged them. It now appears that they may have been attempting to siphon gas.
When they left the scene the neighbour reported three digits from the plate number.
That evening at 11:30 p.m. the police got a call about a stolen 1996 Toyota pickup truck on the 8100 block of Golden Bear Place. The following morning a vehicle matching the description of the one the suspects were driving on Snowridge was located, with the same three digits on the plate. After some investigation the police confirmed that the vehicle was stolen from Yellowknife and the plate from another vehicle in Vancouver - which was then swapped out with another stolen plate so the driver didn't notice.