Man stole vehicles, $130K of property in multiple break-ins across Winnipeg: police

By News Staff

Police say a 35-year-old Winnipeg man stole $130,000 worth of property in more than a dozen break-ins this year.

Winnipeg police have charged the accused with 69 break-in-related offences that allegedly took place between January and September.

Police say four homes, three garages and about a dozen vehicles were broken into.

The alleged offences took place in the southwest, southeast and William Whyte neighbourhoods.

WPS says the accused stole jewellery, bicycles and two vehicles. Wallets containing identification and bank cards were also stolen and used to make purchases at stores, according to police.

Various break-ins this month

Police believe half a dozen break-ins occurred this month alone.

On Sept. 8 or Sept. 9, police say a man broke into a condo on Waverley Street near Mathers Avenue while the resident was asleep inside. About $10,000 worth of jewellery and identification was stolen.

In the early morning of Sept. 9, a suspect entered the same condo complex, broke into another resident’s garage and stole three bikes worth $2,000.

Later that day, police believe the same suspect sold about $1,800 worth of stolen jewelry at a trader on Henderson Highway.

Two days later, around 7:30 p.m., police say a bicycle worth $5,000 was stolen from an underground parkade on Wellington Crescent near Gertrude Avenue.

On Sept. 16, police say a vehicle parked at a home on Castlebury Court and Lindenwood Drive was broken into. The garage remote was then activated, and a bicycle worth $5,000 and tools were stolen.

A garage on Weatherdon Avenue near Lilac Street was broken into sometime between Sept. 19 and Sept. 21. Two vehicles valued at $65,000 were stolen, including a Chrysler 300.

Around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 21, patrol members responded to a possible break-in at an apartment on Stradbrook Avenue near Donald Street.

“An adult male was unloading property from a stolen vehicle (which had not yet been reported) into the building,” WPS said in a statement. “When police arrived, the suspect ran into the building. He was subsequently taken into custody, where his identity was discovered, and outstanding warrants came to light.”

Police say a search warrant was then executed on a suite on Stradbrook. Investigators say they seized about $35,000 worth of tools, bicycles, wallets, stolen IDs and shotgun ammunition.

The accused was detained in custody.

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