String of roof hatch thefts in Winnipeg end with $66,000 in property seized, man charged

A man is facing multiple charges after several reports of break and enters into commercial properties between September and November, according to Winnipeg police.

Police believe the accused entered the buildings through roof hatches before leaving with stolen property estimated at more than $66,000, according to a news release on Sunday.

“This is certainly not the first time the Winnipeg Police Service has seen this type of entry into businesses to gain access to steal and remove property from the premises,” the information officer said. public. said Claude Chancy on Sunday.

The first incident involved a break and enter at a residence on Ashland Avenue, between Osborne and Hay streets, between August 24 and 25, when police said the 31-year-old accused stole a 2007 Honda motorcycle worth more than $5,000.

On September 23, police said the man entered a business on Scurfield Boulevard between Kenaston Boulevard and Dovercourt Drive through an unsecured door and took approximately $1,000 worth of tobacco products.

Other tobacco products – worth around $6,000 – were stolen on October 10 from a business on the Pembina Highway between Thatcher Drive and University Crescent after the man entered through the trapdoor roof, police said.

The man went through another roof hatch on October 16 and 18, stealing a light fixture and two chewing gum dispensers from a business on Portage Avenue between Rouge Road and Westwood Drive, police said.

Stolen watches, electronic devices

On October 21, several watches were stolen from a business on Pembina Highway between Jackson Avenue and Stafford Street after police said the man entered through the roof hatch. He also allegedly shattered a glass watch display, causing around $4,000 in damage.

Two days later, the man broke in through the roof hatch of a business on Kenaston Boulevard, between McGillivray and Scurfield Boulevards, and stole about $23,500 worth of electronics, police say .

The following day, police allege he stole more electronics – worth approximately $10,500 – from a business on Portage Avenue between Olive and Wallasey streets, after re-entering through the roof hatch.

An additional approximately $12,000 worth of electronic devices were stolen through a roof hatch Oct. 27 from a business on the Pembina Highway between Dalhousie Drive and Chancellor Matheson Road.

Police say the man also stole an undetermined amount of merchandise through the roof hatch of a business on Sage Creek Boulevard on November 1 as well as a $20 razor from a business on Roblin Boulevard on November 3. November, when he was seen driving off in a red vehicle.

Officers arrested the man identified as a suspect during a traffic stop on Friday.

“This is a person who thought this mode of entry was definitely successful…until we were able to get enough information to be able to identify him,” Chancy said.

Investigators searched the man’s vehicle and residence and said they found evidence including the stolen motorcycle, stolen property, burglary instruments and personal clothing used in the incidents.

The accused was taken into custody after being charged with several offences.