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Do you REALLY know who you are sending money to?

Five of the most common scams:

Lottery scam: 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.

Grandparent scam: 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.

Overpayment scam: 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 scam: A 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.

If you get such a call, hang up and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501.

If you believe you may be the victim of fraud, or have given personal or financial information unwittingly, please contact your local police service.



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Media Release                                                               September 27, 2016

We are extremely saddened to report that Zachary Straughan, 25, of Saskatoon Saskatchewan has succumbed to his injuries and that late yesterday afternoon his death was announced at Health Sciences Centre.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.  The family has graciously consented to their son being considered for the organ donation program in hopes that it may save the life of someone in need.

Justin Leslie Bird, 29, also of Saskatoon Saskatchewan remains in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.  His next court appearance is scheduled for Morden Provincial Court on October 11th, 2016.  Investigators are in discussion with the Crown’s Office regarding the possibility of upgrading charges.  Further media releases will be forthcoming when new information is confirmed.

Winkler police officers were called to the Valley Bowling Lanes one minute before midnight on Saturday where an argument over a small unpaid bill between two males well known to each other, turned violent.  The victim was struck several times with a pool cue and was reported to be unconscious.  The first police officer arriving on scene immediately began CPR while other responding officers began gathering the necessary information to locate the suspect.

Policing truly is a community partnership and this was again evident when a witness called Provincial 911 and followed the fleeing assailant, leading police directly to his location at the 7-Eleven where a safe arrest was made within minutes of the attack.  Justin Leslie Bird was initially held on charges of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
 

Police Report - September 19 to 25, 2016

Our Police Service opened 126 files during the past week.  Here are some of those files.

September 20th
A vehicle owner, who parked her truck on a George Street property overnight, reported an attempted theft of the vehicle.  The hand well of the drivers side door was damaged in the process of gaining entry to the vehicle, and a broken piece of the ignition cap was found on the seat.  It is believed that the engine immobilizer system prevented the vehicle from being stolen. 

September 20th
At approximately 11:47 p.m., an officer on patrol observed a vehicle coming into Winkler with only one functional headlight.  The officer stopped the vehicle to speak to the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.  The driver disclosed immediately that the vehicle belonged to his father and that it was not registered. When asked for his drivers licence the man produced an old expired licence and stated he no longer held a valid drivers licence.  Further, the driver had a strong odor of liquor on his breath and displayed symptoms of impairment.  He was arrested for impaired driving and subsequently provided samples of 150 mg% and 140 mg%.  The Winkler man, age 23, was on Probation at the time for numerous convictions and is now charged criminally with Driving Impaired, Driving Over .08 and Breaching Probation. He has also been charged under the Highway Traffic Act for  Driving an Unregistered Vehicle and Driving with an Invalid Licence.  He was released to make a court appearance in Morden on October 20th, 2016.

September 21st
Unfortunately another person has fallen victim to a telephone scam. The victim received a call from a man identifying himself as Omar, who told him he was with the Crime Investigation Bureau in Toronto. “Omar” advised the victim that he owed the government $2500.00 and that if he didn’t pay them right away he would be arrested for fraud charges.  The victim told “Omar” he didn’t believe him and that if he wanted to arrest him he could call the Winkler Police Service to do it, and then provided him with our emergency phone number.  Approximately 10 minutes later the victim received a phone call showing the Winkler Police Service emergency number on his display, with the caller introducing himself as Officer Charles. “Officer Charles” threatened the victim with arrest unless he could come up with $2500.00 in I-Tunes cards.  The victim received further instructions from this supposed “Officer Charles” not to tell staff at WalMart or Superstore what the cards were for. Staff in both stores attempted to avert a fraud and in fact did ask the victim if the cards were for the government. In both instances the victim was not truthful and the purchases went through.

September 21st
Our office received a report of fraud from a local resident who’s ATM card was compromised in Mexico.  The incident is covered by the financial institutions insurance company, whose security department will be conducting the investigation.

September 22nd
The owner of the Valley Bowling Lanes reported a theft from the business while the doors were left unlocked for a brief period during the day.  Video footage from inside the business contained images of two suspects trying to gain access to the till, then unplugging a tablet device and leaving with the device. The male was easily identified as a frequent patron of the business, and known to work nearby.  His identity was confirmed at his place of work, and the female suspect identified as the man’s girlfriend.  Officers received information shortly after taking the complaint, that both suspects were crossing Main Street near the Valley Bowling Lanes. Officers attended immediately and arrested both suspects. The male, age 34, was released later in the day on a Promise to Appear charged with Break, Enter and Theft, as well as Breaching a Recognizance.  The female, age 33, who was intoxicated at the time proved to be more of a problem. She was also charged with Break, Enter and Theft, Failing to Comply with a Recognizance(x3), and Assaulting a Peace Officer by spitting on him. She was remanded into custody and transported to the Woman’s Correctional Centre.

September 22nd
At approximately 9:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to a 2nd Street residence on a report of a break and enter in progress, with a suspect smashing a window with a hammer.   Officers arrived and were advised the suspect had left driving a vehicle. The investigation determined that after a drinking party, the suspect wished to drive home with her infant son, when other people tried to prevent that from happening.  The suspect believing her son was inside the residence, broke the window to gain access.  Witnesses provided a licence plate number of the vehicle in question, with officers passing that on to the Altona and Morden Police Services.  The vehicle was subsequently stopped by Altona Police, and the driver arrested for Impaired Driving.  She was returned to Winkler where the breathalyzer tests were conducted, resulting in readings of 160 and 150 mg/%.  Paramedics were called to the office to examine her for injuries sustained while breaking the window. She was then taken to Boundary Trails Health Centre where she was treated and released. She was held until sober and released on a Promise to Appear for Morden Court where she will face several charges.

September 23rd
At approximately 11:45 p.m., officers received a call of a possible break & enter to Southland Honda’s compound on Muirham Avenue.  Officers attended to find a hole had been cut into the chain link fence. One ATV was found removed from the compound and still nearby in the ditch.  The premise was searched for suspects with negative results.  The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call our police service at 325-9990.

September 24th
Our hearts go out to the family whose loved one was the victim of a senseless assault Saturday night.  The 25 year old male resident of Saskatchewan remains on life support at Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg at this time.

Winkler police officers were called to the Valley Bowling Lanes one minute before midnight on Saturday where an argument over an unpaid debt between two males well known to each other, turned violent.  The victim was struck several times with a pool cue and was reported to be unconscious.  The first police officer arriving on scene immediately began CPR while other responding officers began gathering the necessary information to locate the suspect.

Policing truly is a community partnership and this was again evident when a witness called Provincial 911 and followed the fleeing assailant, leading police directly to his location at the 7-Eleven where a safe arrest was made within minutes of the attack.  Justin Leslie Bird, 29, also from Saskatchewan is being held in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Center and is scheduled to appear in Portage Court today on charges of Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

We want to thank all the witnesses for their patience, understanding, and assistance thru a long night and apologize for the inconvenience. 

September 25th
A resident of Southview Drive reported a break, enter and theft after entry was gained to his attached garage via a cut screen. The culprit then rummaged through the vehicle in the garage and stole a leather wallet.  There are currently no suspects in this matter.

September 25th
A resident of a 3rd Street South apartment reported hearing breaking glass and went outside to investigate when he noticed someone had smashed the basement window to his apartment. The victim did not see anyone around and had no idea who would have been motivated to break his window.

As well this week our office took seven reports of thefts from motor vehicles in various locations throughout our community. 

Manitoba Public Insurance sponsored school zone safety initiative this week resulted in officers spending considerable time with traffic enforcement.  In total, 29 traffic tickets were issued for various infractions, mostly speeding.