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
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.
estimated street value of the drugs is $1500.00
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.
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.
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
service opened 293 files during the past three weeks. The following are
some of those files.
this period our office received 14 reports of thefts from motor vehicles,
and 13 other reports of theft under $5000.00.
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.
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.
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
unlocked bicycle was reported stolen from a residential yard on Collegiate
unlocked vehicle on Paramount Bay was entered and two wallets containing
Identification and cash were stolen.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
approximately 11:30 p.m., officers attended a residence on
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.
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.
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.
Officers received a call of a fight in progress between two males in front
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 &
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
parking lot during evening events in the Park.
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.
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.
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.
a call was placed from a resident of
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.
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.
a call was received from a motorist on
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.
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.
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
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.
for service were received during the following weekend.
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.
approximately 1:25 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle on
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.