Winnipeg police arrest 9 people in string of thefts, seek 11 others
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police have arrested nine people and are on the hunt for 11 others in connection with a string of thefts that spread across Canada.
On Tuesday, police released details about the investigation called Project Heavy Metal, saying more than 140 charges will be laid related to stolen property in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba.
Investigators say their investigation also involves thefts in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
“Information gained over the past year through our detective division … [shows] that we may have a semi-organized group that may be operating this,” said Inspector Barry Kostchuk of the Winnipeg Police Service.
On Sept. 2, a search warrant was executed at home in Calgary, where police found two stolen RCMP uniforms and police equipment.
On Oct. 11, nine Manitoba suspects were arrested and charged with numerous property related offences. Police said there is still a search warrant out for 11 other suspects.
Police say a total of around $300,000 in stolen property has been recovered. This includes:
- Camper trailer
- Police equipment
- Snow blowers
- New tires
- Lawn care equipment
- Building material
- Key cutting machines
- Blank passports and blank birth certificates
The investigation is ongoing.
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