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Man arrested, another still wanted for impersonating undercover officers

Matthew Adam Bartel, 34, is wanted and sought by police for claiming to be undercover officers in Brandon and Winnipeg.
Matthew Adam Bartel, 34, is wanted and sought by police for claiming to be undercover officers in Brandon and Winnipeg. Winnipeg Police Service / handout

One man has been arrested and police are asking for help finding another wanted for impersonating an undercover police officer.

Police received a number of reports between Sept. 14 and Sept. 18 of people being approached in Brandon and Winnipeg by men claiming to be undercover cops.

According to police, the suspects would approach people and claim they’re undercover officers in the middle of an investigation and the person they approached was a suspect in the investigation. They’d then seize the victims wallets, cash and credit cards.

RELATED: Winnipeg police warn public about fake undercover officers

William Edward Thomas, 36, was arrested while in Brandon. He’s been charged with 43 offences including: Personating Peace Officer, Extortion, Theft and Fraud.

Police are still seeking Matthew Adam Bartel, 34, and are asking for the public’s help finding him. He’s described as 5’11”, 325 pounds with red hair and facial hair.

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Anyone with any information regarding Bartel’s whereabouts are asked to contact detectives at 1-204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 1-204-786-8477. He is not to be approached.

Winnipeg police warned the public Thursday that undercover officers have to carry a badge and warrant card to identify themselves.

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