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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 www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca 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.



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Media Release

#1                                                                                                  June 10, 2016

On June 10th at approximately 12:30 a.m. the Winkler Police Service along with the Regional Support Tactical Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at #1 – 1402 Paramount Bay in Winkler. Both residents were arrested inside the apartment without incident. The search produced 6.4 grams of Methamphetamine, 4.5 grams of Marihuana, 100 – 600 milligram Gabapentin pills, a digital scale, drug packaging material used for sales, multiple cellular phones, $55 in cash as well as numerous power tools reported stolen from the Steinbach area.

The estimated street value of the drugs is $1500.00

Daniel Raymond Somerton, age 30, is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Marihuana, Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime (cash) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime (tools) and six counts of Breach Undertaking Given to a Peace Officer.

Kimberly Susanne Ramsey, age 34, is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Marihuana, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and six counts of Breach Undertaking Given to a Peace Officer.

Both were out on bail stemming from a previous incident in April, when both were charged and released on charges of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.  Both have been remanded into custody awaiting a court appearance in Winnipeg on Monday.

 

Police Report - May 16 to June 5, 2016

Our police service opened 293 files during the past three weeks.  The following are some of those files.

During this period our office received 14 reports of thefts from motor vehicles, and 13 other reports of theft under $5000.00.

May 16th
A 20 year old male who was caught stealing NicoDerm smoking patches by Superstore Loss Prevention Staff has been given an opportunity to deal with his crime through the Community Justice Committee in lieu of charges.  Restitution of $112.33 is being sought as the product was removed from the packages in the store, making it unsuitable for resale.

May 17th
An unlocked vehicle rummaged through on Dutch Villa Bay, and  purse and contents found strewn about on the street. Victim’s debit card and sunglasses reported stolen.

A vehicle on Harmony Lane was entered and rummaged through. Stolen were a debit card and a 50 dollar bill. Numerous items of the victim’s identification were found strewn about on Mountain Avenue by a citizen and turned in to Police.  The victim thought the vehicle had been locked although no signs of forced entry were evident.

An unlocked bicycle was reported stolen from a residential yard on Collegiate Drive. 

An unlocked vehicle on Paramount Bay was entered and two wallets containing Identification and cash were stolen.

May 19th
A vehicle owner reported someone smashed the drivers side window on her vehicle overnight while it was parked on a private drive on Medora Bay.

May 19th
A Break Enter and Theft was reported by a resident of Mountain Avenue who stated his locked shed was broken into overnight.  Stolen were numerous items including two bottles of liquor.  A second report was received from a back door neighbor who reported the screen had been cut on his garage door window.  Entry was not gained in that case.

Also on this day one report was received of a vehicle rummaged through with nothing stolen. This was the second such incident for this victim, who stated he no longer keeps anything at all in his vehicle overnight.

May 20th
A fraud investigation was begun after a resident of a Main Street apartment advised officers that his bank account had been compromised on several occasions. The victim explained that someone had broken into his apartment, stolen his debit card and purchased beer and cigarettes on two separate occasions.  The victim provided a suspects name, stating he had on one occasion only given the man his card and PIN number to buy a case of beer. Officers obtained surveillance footage showing the accused making the unauthorized purchases at Hi-Way Tempo and the Heartland Inn.  A 60 year old man residing in the same building as the victim has been arrested and charged with two counts of Break and Enter, and a total of six charges relating to the use of the stolen debit card.  He was released on a Promise to Appear in
Morden Court.

After receiving an anonymous complaint at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers checked six male youth near the play structure area at the Winkler Elementary School.  Two of the males under 18 years of age had been drinking and received charges for consuming liquor under age. As well a small amount of marijuana was seized and destroyed, along with a small amount of psilocybin mushrooms.  Police cautions were issued to all, and those under 18 years of age were released to their parents.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., officers attended a residence on 6th Street to investigate a complaint of a Break, Enter and Theft.  A screen and a sliding window had been removed to gain access.  The victim’s dresser was rummaged through and several items including the T.V. were knocked over.  Stolen from the residence were a quantity of cash and prescription medication.  The investigation continues.

May 21st
Officers responded to a report of yelling, screaming and slamming doors coming from a residence on Orion Lane. Three persons in the residence were interviewed by officers, which determined that a an argument had taken place. There was no evidence to support anything criminal had taken place.  Officers left satisfied that the situation was resolved.

Officers were led to attend at an apartment where a 33 year old Winkler woman was arrested and charged with three counts of Breaching Probation after officers learned she was intoxicated and possibly injured.  The investigation lead officers to her apartment where she was indeed found to be intoxicated and in breach of her conditions.

May 25th
Officers received a call of a fight in progress between two males in front of the
Lions Court building on 6th Street. Upon attendance to the said location, officers found a father and son, and a friend of the son. All are well known to police.  The investigation determined that an argument had taken place between the father and son regarding a sum of money both had earned completing a job together.  The argument lead to punches being thrown.  The missing money was recovered from the son’s friend who had possession of it at the time, in an envelope bearing his friends fathers name.  The son eventually confessed to stealing it and giving it to his friend to hold.  As a result of the theft, possession of stolen property and assault, all three now face criminal charges.

May 26 & 27th
Seven incidents of vehicles being rummaged through were reported in the Parkland Crescent area as well as the Parkland parking lot. Items stolen from the vehicles included loose change, a stereo speaker, and an x-box game. The thefts occurred overnight from vehicles on private driveways, as well as vehicles on the
Parkland parking lot during evening events in the Park.

We realize that we are making this request on a regular basis, but are again reminding vehicle owners to remove valuables and lock up vehicles when not in use.  It is the biggest deterrence for criminals who look for the easy way in. Thank you.

May 27th
At
12:40 a.m., officers received a report of two males dragging another male along Peters Avenue near 3rd Street South.  Officers located two of the males in separate locations within 15 minutes, after observing them going through private yards in the vicinity. Both were highly intoxicated and lodged for the night to sober up.  Both are scheduled to appear in court charged with numerous counts of Trespassing At Night, and one charged with Breaching a Recognizance for failing to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

At 11:30 a.m., officers attended a noise complaint from a Property Manager who advised that a large party at that address had begun the previous night.  Upon attendance officers were approached by an intoxicated and belligerent adult woman who was promptly arrested. Background checks on the 20 year old from Spence Street in Winnipeg revealed she was under a court imposed condition to reside at that address.  She was released when sober and is charged with Breaching a Recognizance.

May 28th
At
1:38 a.m., a call was placed from a resident of Southview Drive requesting help with a volatile situation. She advised that her daughter had locked herself in the bathroom to escape a former boyfriend who is punching holes in the walls, and is under court order not to be near her. Officers attended and effected the arrest without incident.  The 19 year old male is charged with Mischief over $5000.00 and three counts of Breaching a Probation Order.

June 1st
At approximately 9:00 a.m., our office received a call from a citizen who advised she was near 3rd Street South at Royal Crescent, attempting to assist a woman who was intoxicated, but that the woman was walking away from her.   Officers attended and located the intoxicated and disoriented woman.  She was taken into custody under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act and lodged until sober.

At 9:44 a.m., a call was received from a motorist on Cargill Road, advising of a man walking along the roadway, seemingly intoxicated and shaking his fist at passing vehicles. Officers attended after being freed up from the previous call and located an intoxicated male seated against a fire hydrant. The man, a resident of Emerson Manitoba was highly intoxicated and also taken into custody to sober up.  Both the man and woman were released without charges.  It was determined that these incidents were not related.

June 3rd
At approximately 1:25 a.m., officers on patrol observed a vehicle on the Winker Centennial Golf Club parking lot. The vehicle was observed to accelerate in reverse, then accelerate rapidly as it left the parking lot and approached the police vehicle in the opposite direction on 15th Street.  Officers stopped the vehicle to investigate the situation, and determined that the driver had consumed beverage alcohol that night.  A lawful demand was made for the driver to provide a breath sample into a roadside screening device.  The driver failed to comply with that demand, and a suitable sample for analysis was not obtained.  The 52 year old male driver from the R.M. of Stanley was arrested and charged for Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample.  His vehicle was impounded for the mandatory minimum of 60 days.  He was released on a Promise to Appear with an Undertaking to appear in Morden Court on the 9th day of August, 2016.

Our office took a stolen vehicle report from the owner, who left the keys in the unlocked vehicle while at work.  The vehicle was found on fire several hours later outside of city limits south of Winkler.  The incident remains under investigation.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., a parent called to advise that his kids might be causing trouble in the park near the Parkland School.  Officers attended and were directed by observers to a group of youths who were running away after they noticed police officers arriving.  A foot pursuit ensued with several youths being apprehended.  The apparent leader, age 18, was taken into custody to sober up.  The mischief consisted of the group being a general nuisance, overturning garbage cans and misplacing picnic tables. No charges were laid in this matter.

28 calls for service were received during the following weekend.

June 4th
Shortly after midnight officers on patrol observed a male pedestrian struggling to navigate the flat and paved alley just west of Hwy #32. The 40 year old, of Winkler, was extremely intoxicated, and found to be wet and muddy from falling. When spoken to he became confrontational and nonsensical, clearly unable to care for himself. He was taken into custody to sober up overnight and released in the morning.

At approximately 1:25 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle on Mountain Avenue at 6th Street after noting suspicious behavior.  While speaking to the occupants an odor of raw marihuana was detected in the vehicle.  When the investigation was complete, a 21 and 23 year old male from Winkler were taken into custody for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine and Marihuana.  Seized from the vehicle were eight “flaps” of cocaine, two baggies of Marijuana, a digital weight scale, and $450.00 in cash. Both were released on a Promise to Appear with an Undertaking to appear in Morden Court.

While conducting a Manitoba Public Insurance sponsored checkstop, officers encountered a driver with a zero BAC restriction who had been drinking.  The 20 year old man failed a roadside screening test, and then produced breath samples of .16, which is double the legal limit. He was released for a July court appearance in Morden, charged with Impaired Driving, Driving over .08, and Unlawful Transport of Liquor.

June 5th
A vehicle which fled a checkstop in the Parkland area at 1:20 a.m.
, prompted a search for the driver who officers believed parked his vehicle and fled on foot.  The search resulted in locating a male unrelated to that investigation, who was highly intoxicated and on School Property. He was taken into custody to sober up and released in the morning without charges.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m., two men in their early twenties were located on Salem Crescent where they were arrested for Trespassing at Night. The men were located after they fled from police attempting to conduct a vehicle stop.  The investigation identified one of the men as the driver, who was subsequently charged under the Highway Traffic Act for failing to stop for a police officer, drive carelessly and as a novice driver operate a motor vehicle with alcohol in his blood.

An investigation was begun shortly before 11:00 p.m., when a complaint of assault was made by a woman who stated she was struck in the face by her step-father.  The suspect was arrested and charged with one count of assault and released on a Promise to Appear with an undertaking bearing conditions to protect the victim.  He is to appear in court next month.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., a call was received from an employee of Rite Way Rentals reporting another theft of used batteries from their premises. The employee advised that due to other recent thefts, they took an additional step after installing a surveillance camera, and installed a GPS tracking device into one of the batteries, enabling authorized personnel to track the device.  Officers were notified of the current location and direction of travel as per updates, along with a general vehicle description of the vehicle captured on the surveillance camera.  While attempting to catch up to the suspect vehicle, officers notified the R.C.M.P. who intercepted it near Oak Bluff and arrested the occupants prior to our officers arrival. The stolen property was recovered from the truck along with stolen property from Polar Plumbing in Winkler.  One man was released at the scene on a Promise to Appear, while the remaining two were transported back to Winkler and held overnight. Both were transported to court in Portage la Prairie the following morning.  A total of 14 criminal charges were laid including theft, possession of stolen property and various breaches of court orders.