Hit and run, failed break in bookend busy weekend for police

Whitehorse RCMP had a busy weekend. On Friday around 4 p.m. a black SUV driving in the wrong lane caused an oncoming vehicle to swerve, strike the ditch and flip on the Alaska Highway.

Whitehorse RCMP had a busy weekend.

Highway hit-and-run

On Friday around 4 p.m. a black SUV driving in the wrong lane caused an oncoming vehicle to swerve, strike the ditch and flip on the Alaska Highway.

The blue Toyota Yaris was travelling southbound from the airport when the SUV, described as a Range Rover by the police, came head-on at the first car in the southbound lane.

A portion of the Alaska Highway between the airport and the weigh scale was closed from 4 to 9 p.m.

Police are looking for the driver of the black SUV, who fled the scene.

No other details about the vehicle or the condition of the blue car’s driver were given.

Wanted man found

On Friday police issued a call for the public’s help in finding a man charged with 38 offences.

Gerald Patrick Dickson, 25, was wanted for assault, uttering threats, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, sexual assault and firearm offences.

But today around 1:30 a.m. Whitehorse RCMP were called for a report of assault in progress in Porter Creek.

They took a man into custody, who turned out to be Dickson.

He is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.

Dickson has previous convictions, including assault with a weapon in 2014, according to court documents.

Failed break-in

Early Monday morning police responded to a break-in at Meadia Solutions on Second Avenue and Hanson Street.

Video released by the owner shows one person taking two iMac computers from a boardroom.

The break-in immediately triggered the alarm, store owner Trevor Mead-Robins told the News Monday.

Two RCMP cruisers were there within 30 seconds, he said.

“I’m sure the RCMP are incredibly busy and I am absolutely very impressed with how quick they were able to respond,” Mead-Robins said.

He said he was told by an RCMP member that there had been a break-in every night for the past week in Whitehorse.

Whitehorse RCMP didn’t respond to a request for comment about the break-ins before press time Monday.

The thief wasn’t able to do much damage to Meadia Solutions because the interior doors were all locked.

The police’s quick response forced the thief to leave the computers in his getaway car. The computers are undergoing DNA analysis, Mead-Robins said.

He said he received help from other tech companies in town who were previously hit by thieves.

Sylvio Lin at Trinity Tech gave him some plywood to board up the broken window.

Lin’s shop was broken into back in June, when thieves stole several thousand dollars’ worth of goods.

“It’s nice to see that kind of collaboration in businesses supporting each other,” Mead-Robins said.

The suspect was wearing a hoodie and a cap to obstruct the security camera’s view, as well as white gloves. The person also left a hammer used to gain access to the building at the scene.

“This (person) is the most intent on break and enter we’ve seen in four years here,” Mead-Robins said.

“Hopefully this will be the last.”

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