A Squamish man is up on a slew of charges related to a crime spree in Whistler overnight on Sept. 15-16, including attempting to flee police before he was caught and detained by a police dog.
The reports started to come in on Sept. 16 at 6:42 a.m. when police received a call regarding a suspicious individual riding away from the village on a new red bike. The police attended and discovered that someone had thrown a rock through a store window and had taken a bike.
About half an hour later the police received a call regarding a single vehicle collision on Highway 99 involving a black Dodge pickup truck. Witnesses say the driver of the truck took a bike out of the back and told others that he had already called a tow truck. He then stuck out his thumb and managed to get a ride back to Squamish, where he was dropped off near a restaurant.
The Squamish RCMP tracked the man and the bike and attempted to arrest him. He ran and was caught by a police dog, sustaining injuries that were treated at the Squamish General Hospital. Meanwhile the police confirmed that the bike in his possession was stolen from the Whistler shop based on the serial number.
As well, it was discovered that the truck - which sustained extensive damage - was stolen from an underground parkade in Whistler. The man was also suspected of breaking into other vehicles in the parkade, and was in possession of an iPod Touch that was taken from one vehicle.
Joshua Lundstrom, 32, is reportedly known to police. He has been charged with breaking and entering, two counts of theft (one over $5,000), two accounts of possession of stolen property, one charge of mischief under $5,000 and one charge of resisting arrest.
The RCMP are also investigating his possible involvement in a break and enter reported on Northlands Boulevard later in the week when the owners discovered their 32-inch LG flat screen television missing and found an iPod Shuffle that didn't belong to them in the unit.
Sex offender considered a low risk
Posters identifying a Whistler resident as a convicted sex offender and warning parents to be vigilant have been taken down, and the Whistler RCMP and Corrections Canada say the person identified, on parole, is considered low risk and complying with all of his conditions.
The RCMP don't know who put up the posters overnight on Sept. 13, but they were brought to the attention of the police by RMOW staff the next morning. Most of the posters were put up at Whistler businesses and private property without permission from the owners and have been removed.