Sea to Sky RCMP respond to series of trailhead robberies

A spate of thefts from vehicles parked at the Joffre Lakes and Garibaldi trailheads have been reported in recent weeks.

Police are reminding Sea to Sky hikers and campers to avoid leaving valuables in the car following a spate of reported break-ins at popular trailheads.

Pemberton RCMP received five reports of thefts from vehicles parked at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park over the Canada Day long weekend, S/Sgt confirmed. Sascha Banks in an email.

From July 1 to 4, several groups described returning to their vehicles to find broken windows and missing items. Among the stolen property are wallets, hiking gear and a paddle board, Banks noted. Most of the targeted vehicles were parked at the trailhead overnight.

The local RCMP detachment informed BC Parks of the incidents and said its officers intended to increase patrols in the area, located about 30 kilometers northeast of Pemberton.

Additionally, “Pemberton RCMP recommend removing all valuables from their vehicles to ensure they are not targeted by thieves in the area,” Banks added.

The Joffre Lakes thefts follow a series of similar incidents in the Rubble Creek area that were reported to Squamish RCMP the previous weekend.

In a statement, police said they were made aware of “several” vehicles that were broken into and damaged on Saturday evening June 25 while parked near the trailhead used to access Garibaldi Provincial Park.

“The vehicles had open doors, damaged ignitions, several broken windows and damaged seats. Several passports were stolen as well as backpacks with camping gear, sunglasses, keys, clothes, maps insurance, air capsules and shoes”, Cpl. Ashley MacKay explained in the release.

Squamish RCMP are asking anyone with information regarding the Rubble Creek burglaries to contact police at 604-892-6100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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