On Saturday, December 24, 2022, at approximately 3:30am, Whitehorse RCMP received a call of a male attempting to break into a vehicle in the downtown area after a vehicle's alarm had been set off. Police attended and were initially unable to locate the man, but observed fresh footprints in the snow.
Police officers followed the tracks that led to multiple vehicles over a four-block area. A man was then spotted attempting to gain access to a vehicle.
The man, familiar to police, fled the scene. A foot pursuit and tracking began with the man being apprehended without incident a short time later. The man was found to be in possession of items believe to be stolen.
"This is a reminder to citizens to lock their unattended vehicles at all times and to not to store valuables in plain view, to avoid tempting thieves," said Sgt. Jolene Nason of Whitehorse Detachment. "It only takes a moment for a car prowler to gain access to a vehicle and access its contents. Thieves are active at all times of the year and conditions, including the cold weather we had on Christmas Eve."
Bobby Russell Ward, 39, of Whitehorse has been charged with possession of stolen property Sec. 354(1)(a) C.C., resisting arrest Sec 129(a), and 35 counts of theft under $5,000 Sec. 334 (b) C.C. He was released on conditions and is due to attend Territorial Court on January 11, 2023.