Do you REALLY know who
you are sending money to?
Five of the most common scams:
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.
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.
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
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
www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll free at
believe you may be the victim of fraud, or have given personal or
financial information unwittingly, please contact your local police
information and tips, etc, find us on Facebook at Winkler Police Service and @winklerpolice
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Police Report from March 26 – April 8
During this time period our police service opened 146 files. The following
are some of those files.
March 26 – Police received a report of theft from
Ardene staff regarding two female suspects who were suspected of stealing
a dress and leaving the store. Police attended and patrolled the area but
were unable to locate the suspects. This file is still under investigation
as police are awaiting video footage of the theft from the store.
March 27 – A resident of Imperial Bay reported two
individuals rummaging through vehicles parked on the street. Nothing was
noted to be missing from the complainant’s vehicle.
A resident of Parkland Crescent reported that his
vehicle was rummaged through sometime during the night and a small amount
of spare change was stolen.
March 28 – A construction trailer on Townsend Drive was
reported to have the back door open and the complainant was concerned as
she had not observed anyone working at this location during the week.
Police attended and spoke with an employee on site who stated that he
unlocked the trailer earlier in the morning and that the trailer had not
been broken into and was not missing any property.
Police were dispatched to a residence on 8th
Street South to assist in keeping the peace between several individuals.
The complainant was attending the residence to pick up her niece who had
been living at the home for the past month and was concerned this would
cause an altercation. Police remained on scene while the niece gathered
her belongings and departed the scene with her aunt.
March 29 – Police were advised by Superstore Loss
Prevention Personnel of two individuals who were being detained for
shoplifting. Police attended and learned that the 19 year old male and 17
year old female attempted to leave the store with several beauty items
concealed in their jackets and boots. The store did not wish to proceed
with charges in this instance and the individuals were released with
March 30 – A complaint was received of a suspicious
vehicle that had followed the caller through town to his neighborhood.
Police located the suspect vehicle and spoke with the driver who stated
that he may have driven in the same direction of the complainant but
stated it was not intentional. Police advised the complainant of their
March 31 – Police were dispatched to a residence on
Orion Lane regarding a male who had been consuming alcohol throughout the
day and was attempting to drive away from the home. Police attended and
located the highly intoxicated male suspect standing outside the
residence. The 46 year old male was arrested under the Intoxicated Persons
Detention Act and later released once sober.
A report was received of an intoxicated male inside a
residence on George Avenue who was known to become violent when under the
influence of drugs or alcohol. Police entered the residence and noted the
male suspect to have bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Police confirmed
that no assault took place, that the male did not live at the residence
and arrested the male under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act. The 20
year old male was later released once sober.
Police were notified of a suspected impaired driver
operating a vehicle near the Canadian Tire Gas Bar. Police located the
suspect vehicle and performed a traffic stop during which no signs of
impairment were found.
A vehicle was reported to be travelling on the sidewalk
along Grandeur Avenue and one of the occupants of the vehicle was
recording the incident. This file is still under investigation.
Police were dispatched to the Walmart area regarding a
female assaulting a male. A witness advised police that the female was
seen chasing the male toward Bulk Barn. Police located the 19 year old
male and 16 year old female who both stated that the altercation was
verbal and no physical assault had taken place. Police spoke with the
witness who declined to provide a statement regarding the assault. The
female was then released without charges as both parties denied the
assault and the witness declined to provide a statement.
April 1 - A resident of Challenger Crescent requested
police to attend her home as her son was verbally arguing with her husband
and had extinguished a lit cigarette on her foot the previous evening.
Police arrested the 28 year old male for Assault Causing Bodily Harm and
transported him to the Winkler Police Service. The male was later released
on a Promise to Appear with conditions.
Police were dispatched to Eden Mental Health Centre
after receiving a complaint of a visitor who was refusing to leave the
facility. Police attended and spoke with the male, who eventually agreed
to leave and was escorted out of the building.
Police observed a vehicle operating with purple fog
lights and subsequently issued the owner a warning notice. The owner was
given a set period of time to remedy the situation.
April 2 – A complaint was received of a verbal dispute
between two tenants at Triangle Oasis. Police located the two males
outside the building and assisted in defusing the argument. Both parties
were advised to leave each other alone and they agreed to do so.
Police received a call from Quality Inn requesting
assistance with a disoriented female. Police attended the hotel and spoke
with the front desk employee who advised that the female consumed a small
amount of liquor in the lounge but was very confused and required
assistance in walking back to her room. Staff attempted to check on the
female but she would not open the door or answer the phone. Police entered
the room and found the female sleeping and located an empty bottle of
liquor. Police spoke with the female and determined she was in good health
and planned to stay the night at the hotel.
April 3 – A resident of Platinum Road reported that on
March 23rd the rear driver’s side window of her vehicle was
damaged while parked on her driveway.
Police were dispatched to the Southland Mall regarding
a young male in possession of a knife. Police attended and located the
male who showed police he was carrying a bottle opener. Police advised the
male to not display the opener in public as it had a similar appearance to
a knife and he agreed to do so.
April 4 – Police received a complaint from a male who
stated that his wallet containing his debit card and credit card was
stolen and both cards were used several times at 7-Eleven and McDonald’s
in Winkler as well as several other locations in Winnipeg. The suspect was
identified and it was learned that he had already been arrested in another
jurisdiction for several other unrelated charges. The Winkler Police
Service will continue to investigate these thefts and charges are pending.
The manager of MCC reported that a female known to him
had stolen several items from the store but did not wish to press charges
however wished to ban her from the store and have her pay for the stolen
items. Police contacted the female who agreed to pay for the stolen items
and she was also served a banishment letter.
A resident of Coulter Driver reported that during the
night someone entered his unlocked garage and rummaged through his
unlocked vehicle, stealing spare change and a charging cable.
Police received a report of a dangerous driver
travelling on Southview Drive who drove onto the sidewalk, into the
oncoming lane and repeatedly back and forth in his own lane. Police
located the suspect vehicle and spoke with the driver who stated he
travelled on the sidewalk as he was distracted by his conversation with a
passenger, and the other complaints were due to him being silly. The
complainant declined to provide a statement therefore the driver was
issued a written warning for Drive Imprudently.
April 5 – Police were dispatched to Ardene regarding a
16 year old shoplifter who stole a pair of shorts which were later
recovered by store staff. The female was given a verbal caution for the
Theft and her parents were also advised of the incident.
April 6 – The manager of Winkler Consumers Co-op
advised police of an attempted shoplifting incident that occurred on April
5th. A female suspect pushed a shopping cart full of groceries
through a closed till but was stopped by the store manager. The suspect
began to follow the manager to his office upon request but then proceeded
to walk away. The store did not wish to proceed with charges however
advised that the female was now banned from the store.
Police were advised of a male inside a residence on
Main Street that was no longer welcome inside the home. Police attended
and spoke with the male who was found to be intoxicated and unable to care
for himself. The 31 year old male was arrested under the Intoxicated
Persons Detention Act and later released once sober.
April 7 – Police were dispatched to Triangle Oasis to
speak with a tenant of the building. Police attended and spoke with the
male who smelled heavily of liquor and was unsteady on his feet. The male
was arrested under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act and was released
A report was received of an assault that had taken
place inside the Southland Mall involving two males, a female and multiple
bystanders. The complainant stated that the two males assaulted her friend
and swung a knife at her. Police attended and spoke with the males
involved in the assault who that stated the female assaulted them and one
of the males pulled out the knife to stop the assault. All parties
involved received verbal warnings, were dealt with through Alternative
Measures and their parents were notified.
April 8 – Police were advised of a domestic assault
taking place inside a vehicle parked on 3rd Street South. The
witness stated the male driver then drove to another location on Peters
Avenue. Police spoke with both parties who denied the assault but learned
that the male had provided a false name to police and was prohibited from
driving. The 24 year old resident of Winnipeg was arrested for Drive While
Prohibited and Fail to Comply with a Probation Order and the vehicle was
also towed from the scene. The male was released on a Promise to Appear