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The Winkler Police Service will be hosting its annual Bike Auction on
Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the southwest corner of the Winkler
Arena, 600 Park Street.
Pre-auction viewing begins at
The Winkler Police Service would like to thank
Bill Klassen of Bill Klassen Auctions Ltd. for graciously donating his
time to help make this annual event a success.
If you did not
report your bicycle stolen last year, please do so before on May 4th, 2018.Once viewing begins, bicycles cannot be claimed.
recording the description of your bike greatly assists the police in the
recovery and return of your bicycle, should you become a victim of theft.Include the make, model, serial number, colour, and number of
speeds if possible.The
purchase and use of a bike lock is the best defense against theft.
Do you REALLY know who
you are sending money to?
Five of the most common scams:
A caller says you’ve won a large amount of money in a lottery, but claims
the funds can only be released by paying a processing fee. If you send it,
they’ll keep asking for more money, with repeated excuses about why they
can’t release the prize.
Secret Shopper scam:
The suspect “hires” you by email to be a secret shopper, then sends a
cheque as payment. You’re asked to deposit the cheque and send a portion
by wire services. Eventually the cheque comes back as fraudulent, and
you’re out cash.
A person posing as your grandchild (or an officer or lawyer representing
the grandchild) calls and asks you to send money because he or she is in
trouble and/or arrested. The caller wants the money sent immediately, so
there’s no time to verify the call.
You get paid for an item you’re selling online or for an advertised rental
unit. The suspect sends a cheque for more than the agreed upon price and
asks that you send some money back. When the bank returns the cheque as
fraudulent, you’re out of pocket.
Canada Revenue Agency
person claiming to work for the CRA tells you that you’re under
investigation and must cooperate or risk prosecution and arrest.
Typically, the caller says the person’s social insurance number will be
“flagged” or compromised, then leads you to reveal personal information or
even agree to pay some fictitious debt.
believe you may be the victim of fraud, or have given personal or
financial information unwittingly, please contact your local police
information and tips, etc, find us on Facebook at Winkler Police Service and @winklerpolice
on Twitter and
Police Report from April 9 – April 22
During this time period our police service opened 152 files. The following
are some of those files.
April 9 – An employee of Walmart reported that a male and female left the
store without paying for several food items they had concealed under their
clothing. The male and female were located at 7-Eleven where police
discovered several more items stolen from 7-Eleven and Co-op in their
possession. The 16 year old female was arrested for Theft Under $5000 (x3)
and released on a Promise to Appear. The 19 year old male was arrested for
Theft Under $5000 (x3) and Fail to Comply with a Probation Order and
released on a Promise to Appear.
Police received a complaint of a male who was throwing ice chunks at the
complainant’s vehicle and his girlfriend’s vehicle while they were driving
on Main Street. Police attended and spoke with the suspect who initially
denied the allegations but eventually admitted to throwing the ice chunks
and apologized for his actions. Police also advised the male to affix a
front licence plate to his vehicle within a set period of time.
April 11 – Police were advised of a domestic assault that took place
inside a residence on 3rd Street South. Police attended the
residence and spoke with the victim who stated that her husband assaulted
her and left the scene. Police later located and arrested the 53 year old
male for Assault, and he was released on a Promise to Appear with
April 12 – Several complaints were received from residents of Willow
Drive, Cedar Avenue and Scotia Drive of footprints in the snow leading to
vehicles parked on their driveways. It is suspected that the culprit was
checking vehicle doors to see if they were unlocked. No thefts regarding
these incidents have been reported.
An employee of Walmart reported that on April 11th a male and
female stole several tablets from the store. This file is still under
April 13 – Police received a noise complaint from a resident of Park
Street who stated that loud music was playing at her neighbor’s residence
for over one hour. Police attended and could hear the loud music however
no one was home at the residence. A short while later the homeowner
returned and police advised him to turn down the music and he agreed to do
Police were dispatched to Pizza Hut regarding a customer who became upset
after staff got his order wrong and proceeded to throw a slice of pizza at
a staff member. The complainant declined to lay charges in this matter.
A complaint was received from a female who advised that she lent her
hoodie to her friend however the friend refused to return it. Police
attended and spoke to the female who initially stated that she did not
have possession of the hoodie, but after a search of her room the hoodie
was located in a laundry basket. The complainant was satisfied to have her
hoodie returned and police cleared the scene.
Police received a complaint of historic assaults from a female who stated
that her husband assaulted her multiple times over the last several years,
many of which occurred while she was pregnant. The complainant also stated
she believes she lost her unborn baby due to the assaults. Police arrested
the 31 year old male for Assault (x7) and Forcible Confinement. He was
released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
April 14 – Shortly before 4:00 a.m. police were dispatched to Tim Horton’s
regarding an intoxicated male who was sleeping inside the restaurant.
Police attended and found the male to be heavily intoxicated and required
assistance walking out of the building. The male was arrested under the
Intoxicated Persons Detention Act and lodged until sober. The male was
released with a ticket for Trespass on Private Property as he recently
received a banishment notice from the restaurant due to his frequent
visits while intoxicated.
Police arrested a 23 year old male on an outstanding warrant for failing
to attend court regarding an armed robbery at Esso on 1st
Street in 2016. The male was also arrested for Possess Marihuana, Possess
Prohibited Weapon and Breach Recognizance (x5) and was remanded into
custody, appearing in Provincial Court on April 23rd, 2018.
A complaint of fraud was received from a male who advised police that
someone had booked flights using his credit card totaling $3,800. Police
advised the male to report the fraudulent transaction to his credit card
company and to have the credit card cancelled.
Police were dispatched to the Winkler Centennial Library parking lot
regarding a group on females drinking liquor inside a vehicle. As police
were speaking with the occupants several cans of liquor were observed
inside the vehicle. All liquor was seized, disposed of and the 18 year old
driver was issued a ticket for Carry Liquor in a Vehicle.
April 16 – Police received a report of fraud from a 74 year old female who
received a phone call on April 13th from an individual posing
as her son-in-law. The caller stated that he was in a motor vehicle
accident and if he paid for the damages he would not be charged. The
fraudster also stated that the complainant would receive a phone call from
his attorney. The complainant then received a phone call from an
individual posing as an attorney who provided a CIBC account number and
stated that if she paid $4951 to that account her son-in-law would be free
to go. The complainant made the payment, called her son-in-law the next
day, and learned that he had not been in an accident. The female notified
her bank of the scam and her bank is continuing the investigation.
A complaint was received of a vehicle that struck a planter located on the
median of Main Street and drove away from the scene. Police contacted the
driver who attended the Winkler Police Service and learned she had reached
back to get her ice cream and when she looked up realized she was on the
median. The 18 year old driver was issued a ticket for Fail to Give
A resident of Peters Avenue reported that a man in a black vehicle had
taken pictures of his house and yard three times over the course of
several days. When the complainant approached the male he quickly entered
his vehicle and drove away.
April 18 – Police were dispatched to Ardene regarding a female shoplifter
who attempted to leave the store without paying for approximately $95
worth of items. Store staff confronted the female before she exited the
store and were able take hold of the bag containing the stolen items. The
female suspect ran from the store however her identification was found
inside the bag. Police learned the female was on a Probation Order to not
attend the Southland Mall and an arrest warrant was issued.
A resident of Albert Street reported an attempted Break & Enter into the
attached garage of the home. The complainant stated she heard voices in
the backyard and then heard someone attempting to force the door open.
Police attended and did not find any evidence of an attempted Break &
Enter. Police also patrolled the area but did not observe anything
April 19 – Police received a report from a male who stated that he
received a message via Facebook advising him that his phone had been
hacked and inappropriate pictures of himself would be posted on Facebook
if he didn’t pay $800 to the suspect. The victim was advised it was
unlikely that his phone was compromised however as a precaution he should
delete his social media accounts.
April 20 – A complaint was received of a male driving a crotch rocket down
Alder Street at a high rate of speed. Police attended the male’s residence
and advised him to slow down and the male agreed to watch his speed.
April 21 – Police were dispatched to a residence on 7th Street
South to assist with removing an unwanted male from the home. While on
scene police learned that the male was breaching his conditions and was
subsequently arrested for Breach of Recognizance (x2). The 25 year old
male was remanded into custody to appear in Provincial Court on April 23rd,
Police received a report of assault that occurred outside a residence on
Main Street South involving a female and two males who assaulted the
female’s ex-common-law husband. The female and two males fled the property
but the 21 year old female, a resident of Grunthal, was later located in
another jurisdiction and arrested for Assault. She was remanded into
custody to appear in Provincial Court on April 23rd, 2018.
Regional Support Tactical Team members along with police executed a
drug-related search warrant for a residence on Main Street South resulting
in the seizure of an amount of marihuana and shatter. A 17 year old male
was arrested for Possession of Marihuana and released on an Appearance
Notice. This investigation is ongoing.
April 22 – Police were dispatched to a residence on 4th Street
South regarding a possible domestic dispute in progress. Police arrived on
scene and spoke with a male inside the residence who stated that he and
his girlfriend were verbally arguing and no assault had taken place.
Police spoke with the female who confirmed that no assault had taken
place. Police learned that the male was not to be in contact with the
female and arrested him for Fail to Comply with Recognizance. The 25 year
old male was released on a Promise to Appear with conditions.