Squamish RCMP are investigating two apparently unrelated instances of fraud that occurred during the past week.
On Thursday (Dec. 12), a victim who lives on Mamquam Road said he/she had received an email from a group calling itself Appraisals Canada, then receiving a “cheque” for $2,500 along with instructions on how it could be spent, Squamish RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Cumming wrote in a statement. Police are attempting to determine the origins of the scam.
On Friday (Dec. 13), the owner of a home-based business in Garibaldi Highlands was the victim of a fraud when a suspect cashed a cheque for $5,000 written on the business’s bank account. The cheque was cashed in Richmond, prompting an investigation from Richmond RCMP.
Two people are facing charges in connection with two separate incidents involving the alleged trafficking of drugs in Squamish last week.
Last Wednesday (Dec. 11), police responding to a report of a possible impaired driver pulled over a vehicle at Highway 99 and Clarke Drive. The driver was not impaired but was found to be breaching his probation and in possession of crack cocaine “in quantities indicative of trafficking,” Cumming said. Police are recommending charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and breach of probation.
On Saturday (Dec. 14), the driver of a vehicle who was stopped on Government Road was found in possession of cocaine and “a significant amount of cash,” Cumming said. A charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking is being recommended.
Galileo Coffee in Britannia Beach was reportedly broken into on the night of Dec. 11 and 12. The glass window on a side door was smashed, and items “of minimal value” were stolen, Cumming said.
Dam shed entered
On Thursday (Dec. 12), a secure shed at B.C. Hydro’s Daisy Lake Dam was broken into overnight. A suspect or suspects pried open the door and entered, but none of the materials stored inside were taken.
On Friday (Dec. 13), police received several reports of rock debris falling onto Highway 99 in the Porteau Cove area. Several vehicles were damaged but no one was injured. Miller Capilano was contacted to address the problem.