The following are some of the files that were opened with the Winkler Police Service during this time period.
September 29 – A complaint was received regarding a traffic collision involving a vehicle that struck a parked vehicle, which pushed the parked vehicle into another parked vehicle. This investigation is ongoing.
September 30 – Police were advised to be on the lookout for a vehicle which was driving erratically, and further advised that the vehicle had parked in a local store parking lot, during which time it struck another vehicle, leaving minor damage. The female driver was located inside the store by police, who determined there to be reasonable suspicion of impairment, and requested her to complete a Standardized Field Sobriety Test outside the store. She performed poorly during the test and was subsequently arrested for Impaired Operation of a Vehicle. While searching her incident to arrest, numerous opioid tablets were located in her possession, and she was charged with Possession of a Schedule I Substance. She was later released on an Undertaking, along with an Appearance Notice for Failing to give required information at an accident, Driving without a valid licence, and Driving Carelessly, and her vehicle was towed from the scene. In addition, a charge of operating a vehicle with excessive blood drug concentration is pending blood test results.
October 1 – Police were advised of a female who fell victim to a “grandparent scam” after she received a phone call from someone claiming to be her grandson. The male told her he had been in an accident and was found with 10 pounds of marihuana, and she was instructed to send a large amount of cash to someone claiming to be from the RCMP in Montreal. She was also advised there was a gag order and her grandson could be in trouble if she told anyone. She proceeded to send the cash via courier, and one of the courier employees found the package to be suspicious and subsequently turned it over to the Montreal Police Service. The female was then contacted by the Montreal Police Service, who advised her it was a scam and that her funds would be returned to her.
A male reported that there was an advertisement on his computer saying that his virus security program was up for renewal and $300 was being withdrawn from his account. He allowed the scammers access to his bank account through his computer so they could refund the $300. The scammers then made it appear as though they deposited a much larger amount than $300, when in reality they hadn’t deposited any funds, and wanted him to return the excess funds to a bank account in Thailand. He was advised to tell his bank that he was starting a business in Thailand, which he did not want to do and asked if he could instead send the money by cheque. At this time the scammer began mentioning cryptocurrency and the male became suspicious that this was a scam. No money was sent and he is going to have a computer technician check his computer for anything suspicious.
Numerous traffic tickets were also issued during this time period, mainly for driving an unregistered vehicle.
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