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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 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.

For up-to-date information and tips, etc, find us on Facebook at Winkler Police Service and @winklerpolice on Twitter.


Media Release

#1                                                                                             May 11, 2016

May 11th, 2016, at 12:30 a.m. the Winkler Police Service and the Regional Support Tactical Team executed a search warrant at 196 Albert Street in Winkler, seizing drugs, cash, several cell phones, electronic storage devices and other drug paraphernalia as it pertains to drug trafficking.  Several persons were arrested and detained inside the residence at the time.  Two men have been arrested and charged.

Drugs seized included Crystal Methamphetamine, Marihuana, and various prescription pills unsupported by prescriptions.

Philip Raymond Reimer, age 30 of Winkler is charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for:

Possession for the purpose of trafficking Methamphetamine, a Schedule I substance
Possession for the purpose of trafficking Marihuana, a Schedule II substance
Possession for the purpose of trafficking Hyromorphone, a Schedule I substance
Trafficking Methamphetamine, a Schedule I substance

And under the Criminal Code for:

Possession of Goods Obtained by Crime (cash)
Breach of Probation  x2

Adam Nolan Kehler, age 20, of Winkler is charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for:

Possession of Methamphetamine, a Schedule I substance
Possession of Marihuana, a Schedule II substance

And under the Criminal Code for:
Breach of Probation

Both men have been remanded into custody at the Winnipeg Remand Center to await a court date in Portage on May 12th, 2016.

Police Report - May 2 to 8, 2016

Our police service opened 72 files during the past week.  The following are some of those files.

May 2nd
Our office received a report of theft after two black ceramic vases were stolen from the
Westridge Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  In order to steal the vases they had to be unscrewed from the base of the headstone.  They are valued at approximately $100.00 each.  We currently have no suspects.

- Our office received a warrant for the arrest of Pamela Anne Racette of Bacon Ridge Manitoba after she failed to appear in court on a charge of theft under $5000.00.

-Significant property damage was reported by Winkler recreation staff. The damage was contained to the inside of the concession building washrooms in the Parkland Park. Cost to repair the damage is not yet known. 

May 3rd
What appears to be another random act of mischief to a vehicle was reported by a resident of North Railway Avenue.  The vehicle was parked in it’s usual place overnight, and in the morning was found with graffiti sprayed across both of the driver side doors.

- While traveling behind a vehicle on Mountain Avenue at approximately 7:00 p.m., officers queried it’s licence plate number on the Mobile Data Terminal.  Officers recognized the name of the registered owner as one who was recently convicted for impaired driving and placed on a court imposed driving prohibition.  The vehicle was stopped for further investigation at which time the suspect was confirmed to be driving. The 20 year old male was arrested for driving while prohibited and searched. The search produced 1.22 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine.  Further checks determined that the man was bound by a Probation Order dating back to June of 2015, ordering him to abstain from possessing non-prescription drugs.  The man now faces charges of Driving While Disqualified, Breaching Probation and Possessing a Controlled Substance. He was released on a Promise to Appear with an undertaking for a court date in June.

May 5th
Officers attended the Superstore on request to deal with three female youth caught shoplifting. One of the girls stole a pair of sunglasses valued at $25.00. The other two observed and took no action to stop the theft.  The youth who stole the item was released on a signed Youth Caution, while the other two received verbal cautions.

May 6th
A resident of Durum Crescent reported a break and enter to their home between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
on May 5th.  Reported stolen from the home is a 32” Sony television.  Residents of the home have already checked with friends and family to ensure no one borrowed the item.

- While following a vehicle southbound on Main Street, officers noted the rear licence plate partially obscured by what appeared to be a patch of dark colored fur.  A traffic stop was conducted on that vehicle for further investigation when the woman driving, advised officers the fur on the licence plate was meant as a joke for her friends. While speaking with driver, officers detected an odour of alcohol on her breath.  The driver reluctantly agreed to provide a sample of breath into the roadside screening device, and cooperated poorly with the officer’s demand to provide a proper sample.  A sample was eventually produced resulting in a “fail” reading.  A demand was then made to the woman to provide breath samples into a breathalyzer instrument to determine an exact blood alcohol level.  She agreed but again cooperated poorly and in the end did not complete the breath tests.  The woman, age 47, of Winkler has been charged with Driving While Impaired and Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample.  She was released on a Promise to Appear with an undertaking.

May 7th
A motorist, who was nearly struck head on by another vehicle on a parking lot, reported the incident, stating he had followed the vehicle to a stopped location, and observed it jump two curbs as it left the parking lot.  Officers attended to that location where the caller identified the driver of the car, now standing outside of the vehicle with three other people.  The driver, a 20 year old male from Sifton Manitoba, was interviewed by officers who by their observations formed the opinion the man was impaired by alcohol. The investigation concluded with charges of Impaired Driving and Driving over .08 after the man provided breath samples of 180 mg/%  or .18. His vehicle was seized and impounded for 60 days as per legislation. He was released on a Promise to Appear with an Undertaking, and is scheduled for a court appearance in Morden on June 14th.  One of the passengers, an 18 year old male from Winnipegosis, was found to be prohibited from consuming alcohol as per the condition of an undertaking, and charged with one count of Breaching an Undertaking.

May 8th
Two reports were received this week of vehicles that were rummaged through while parked on private drives. In one case approximately ten dollars in change was stolen, and from the other vehicle a quantity of cash was stolen from a wallet which was left behind, and .22 caliber rifle.  The stolen rifle was recovered within hours after a resident reported finding numerous items stashed behind his shed which didn’t belong to him.  The vehicle in the latter incident was reportedly locked however there were no signs of forced entry into it. The incident is under investigation.