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Suspected thief caught after chase

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At 5:12 a.m. on July 1 the Whistler RCMP responded to an alarm at an ATM machine in a restaurant in the Upper Village. When they arrived they discovered that the ATM had been broken into and that an undisclosed amount of cash had been taken.

Forensic investigators were called in and the investigation suggested that the thief may have been driving a white panel van.

On July 2 at 3:55 a.m., an off-duty officer observed a van that met the description of the suspect's vehicle, and called it in. When other officers caught up with the southbound vehicle at Function Junction, the van turned north again and drove away at a high rate of speed. He ran a taxi off the road at one point, which is when the RCMP left the chase in order to protect public safety.

The RCMP found the van a short time later in Nordic and discovered the driver nearby. Inside the van, which was itself stolen and had stolen plates, they found a large amount of cash, that may be related to the ATM theft. The investigation is still ongoing. A 36-year-old Langley man is facing two counts of Possession of Stolen Property, one over $5,000 and another under $5,000.

RCMP on lookout for stolen truck

A family visiting from California reported the theft of a 2000 Ford F250 from outside their accommodation in the Benchlands area. They discovered the theft at 6:45 a.m. and called the police, who were still searching for the vehicle at press time. It was white in colour with two thick and two thin blue racing stripes, a diamond-finished tool box and an Ariat Trailer hitch. The plate number is 8H12042.

If you see the vehicle contact the RCMP at 604-932-3044.

"It's unfortunate for people visiting our community to be victims of an auto theft, and the family were very upset - there were a lot of logistical questions they need to answer, like how they were going to get home," said Sergeant Shawn LeMay of the Whistler RCMP. "It's a bad situation for anybody to have their vehicle taken, but there are far more challenges than a local (car theft victim) would experience."

That wasn't the only vehicle-related theft. Three vehicle break-ins were reported on the upper Benchlands on the evening of July 2, all involving unlocked cars. One vehicle at Blackcomb Green was missing two laptops, a cell phone and a U.S. passport.

There were two break-ins at Treeline that may be related, where the thief gained entry by smashing a garage door. In the first instance a truck was broken into and tools were taken. In the second a vehicle was rummaged through, but nothing appears to have been stolen.

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