Retailers should be on the lookout for bogus $100 bills after forgers took in two Whistler Village businesses last week.
On April 4, the RCMP received a report that an East Indian male and female entered a local store and purchased $130 in goods using counterfeit money. They then asked for change for another $100.
Soon afterwards, the RCMP discovered that the suspects did the same in another nearby store, purchasing $225 in goods and also asking for change for another $100. All told, eight of the counterfeit bills were recovered.
The RCMP is investigating. Neither store had video surveillance.
Stores should never make change for large bills and should always check for various security features. A complete list of security features is online at the Bank of Canada website, www.bankofcanada.ca/en/banknotes/index.html. The BoC uses the acronym TiLL, for Touch, Tilt, Look through the bill and Look at the appearance of each security feature.
Some of the features include raised ink, color shifts in the metallic strip, see-through ghost images, hidden watermarks and security dashes. All Canadian bills also have features that are only visible using UV light.
Backcountry calls resolved safely
The Cake Hole area behind Whistler Mountain was a popular place to get lost last week.
At 4 p.m. on April 2, the RCMP received a report from ski patrol involving two female snowboarders, aged 50 and 55 years old, who were lost on the south side of Whistler Mountain. The patrollers got the first call just after 2 p.m., and the police - using GPS data from one of the women's cell phone providers - managed to pinpoint their location in the Cake Hole area. A ski patrol team with a member of the RCMP went into the area at 6 p.m. and led the women to the Cheakamus Lake Forest Service Road, where they were met by a snowmobile and then transported to an RCMP vehicle that returned them to their own car around 9:15 p.m.
On Apr. 30 at 3:30 p.m., ski patrol received a report of two skiers lost in the Cake Hole area since that morning. There were originally three skiers in the party, but one member of the group stayed high and was able to hike out. Shortly afterwards he received a text from the other skiers saying that one member had fallen and cut his face, and that they were caught in a cliff area. Ski patrol attempted to contact and then locate the men, but weren't able to get a GPS location.
The Whistler RCMP contacted Search and Rescue to organize a long line rescue, and were in the air around 6 p.m. when they received word that the men were able to ski out on their own. The injury was minor and they were in good condition.