At least one person in an Upper Village pub took exception to a fan cheering for the Boston Bruins on the evening June 15 and, intoxicated, followed him outside and tried to hit him. The Bruins fan stepped aside from the punch and the intoxicated individual hit the doorman instead. In the ensuring altercation both men fell to the ground and the intoxicated person hit his head. He was lying on the ground under the ski racks when the RCMP responded to the scene.
The man had suffered a concussion and was taken to the Whistler Health Care Centre before being released back into police custody. In the morning the man did not recall incident, and was released without charges.
Belt attackers plead guilty
One of the three men charged in a belt attack on two individuals in December 2009 has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, and assault causing bodily harm this week. He was with two other men, one of who was charged with obstruction after providing officers with a false name. The other was released without charges.
The incident occurred on Dec. 6 at around 2 p.m. The RCMP attended a call regarding a fight in an elevator, and found the men on the second floor holding their belts. They used DNA evidence to tie the belts to the attackers and victims.
Both men who plead guilty are residents of North Vancouver.
Attempted fraud investigated
On June 15, a woman came into the police after receiving an email regarding a property she was renting. The alleged fraudster confirmed that he would get his employer to send rent and a damage deposit for $1,600, and soon after she received a fake cheque for $3,950 from a real company called Kynard Fiberglass. She was then sent an email from the suspect saying he paid too much and asking her to send the difference back to the company. She was suspicious and waited for the cheque to clear first. When it didn't she went to the police.
That wasn't the only report of internet-related fraud last week. They received a report regarding a May 20 online purchase of a new screen for a cell phone. Two days after the purchase was made, the prepaid Visa was charged for $1,400 at MTS in Winnipeg.
The man was not aware of the theft until he did not receive the screen and received his monthly statement.
The website in question appears to be legitimate and there are no complaints regarding the theft of credit card information.
Numerous thefts reported
On June 21, a vehicle was broken into between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at a restaurant parking area, and a wallet and credit card was stolen. The thief used the credit card to make multiple purchases and cash withdrawals before the theft was discovered. The RCMP believes it has video of the suspect and will be sharing stills from the video with the public.
On June 18, the RCMP received a report from the 4500-block of Blackcomb Way regarding a break-and-enter to a property owned by someone out-of-country. The thief or thieves pried open the sliding door and took two flat screen televisions, one 60-inch and one 32-inch. At press time, police were still trying to contact the owner of the unit to report the theft.
There was another B&E reported at a vacation property on Alta Lake Road on June 17. Nothing appears to have been taken, though the owner is still checking to see if skis were in another residence.
Canoers self-rescue after capsizing
On June 17 at 5:30 p.m. the Whistler RCMP received a call from a woman who had been in a canoe that capsized on the River of Golden Dreams. She was in waist-deep water on the south bank of the creek and had lost her two companions.
The police called Whistler Fire Services to use their rescue boat, but when they arrived at the site near Meadow Park the woman had crossed over to the park side. They also discovered that the other two men in the boat had righted the canoe, and were paddling to the pullout on the other side of the Highway 99 bridge.
The RCMP are reminding people to wear life preservers and flotation devices while boating, and to take care on creeks at this time of year when the water level is high.