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.
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.
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.