Reward increased to $500,000 for capture of person who cut B.C. gondola cable

Reward increased to $500,000 for capture of person who cut B.C. gondola cable
The base of the Sea to Sky Gondola is pictured in Squamish, B.C. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. RCMP say they are ready to release new details about two acts of vandalism against the privately owned tourist attraction.

The company that has been the target of two multimillion-dollar attacks on its gondola in Squamish, B.C., is increasing the reward to find those responsible to $500,000.

It comes as RCMP reveal more details about their investigation and share a photo of a suspect who may have been responsible for cutting the cable on the Sea to Sky Gondola twice, in 2019 and 2020.

RCMP Sgt. Chris Manseau says investigators believe it could have been the same person who severed the cable both times, sending the gondola’s cabins crashing to the ground, but different people may also be involved.

Police say that during the second event, a security guard patrolling the area had walked under the gondola just seconds before the cable was cut.

Mounties say they’ve followed more than 100 tips and have interviewed 70 people as they continue to chase a motive.

Kirby Brown, the general manager of the gondola, says they increased the reward in hopes of advancing the investigation for the crimes, where the damage cost more than $10 million in total.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 14, 2022.

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