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January 16, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Commercial Break-In Investigations - Arrests C17-9089

During the past two months, the downtown area of Winnipeg has experienced a rash of Commercial Break and Enters to various small businesses such as, corner grocery stores and clothing storefronts. 

This crime spree initiated a focused project involving Division 11 Detectives and Division 11 Community Support Unit members.

As a result, it was determined that a male and female suspect actively targeted the following businesses:

  • Restaurant 100 block of McDermot Avenue
  • Restaurant 700 block of Sargent Avenue
  • Food Store 500 block of Ellice Avenue
  • Tattoo Shop 800 block of Portage Avenue
  • Clothing Store 200 block of McDermot Avenue
  • Clothing Store 1100 block of Main Street
  • Clothing Store 400 block of Graham Avenue
  • Clothing Store 1100 block of Main Street
  • Pawn Shop 600 block of Broadway
  • Food Store 700 block of Wellington Avenue
  • Clothing Store 1100 block of Main Street
  • Food Store 500 block of  Portage Avenue
  • Clothing Store 400 block of Graham Avenue
  • Bakery 400 block of Graham Avenue
  • Food Store 500 block of Portage Avenue
  • Food Store 200 block of Vaughan Street
  • Food Store 500 block of Portage Avenue
  • Clothing Store 200 block of McDermot Avenue
  • Laundromat 200 block of Sherbrook Street
  • Food Store 700 block of Maryland Street
  • Food Store 400 block of Qu'Apelle Avenue
  • Food Store 500 block of Ellice Avenue
  • Cellphone Store 800 block of Portage Avenue
  • Beauty Store 500 block of Portage Avenue
  • Vehicle Business on Maryland Street
  • Residential Break & Enter 400 block of Home Street

 

During these commercial break-ins, the suspects stole cash registers and contents, cigarettes, lottery and clothing.

The estimated total value of stolen merchandise is $40,000.00
Damage to the properties is estimated at $17,500.00

On January 14, 2017 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the suspects broke into a food store located in the 800 block of Portage Avenue. Damage was caused and property was stolen. A short time later, both suspects were located in the area of the area of the 600 block of Broadway and taken into custody due to the efforts of Canine and Patrol Members.

Michelle Jazzalyn BIRD, 37 years and Cornell Lee BELANGER, 35 years have been arrested and charged with the following due to their alleged involvement:

Break, Enter and Commit - Place x 26
Possession of Break-In Instruments x 28

Both were remanded into custody.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank our partners in the community who supported many officers throughout this investigation.

Our partnership with local businesses played a vital role in the successful conclusion of this investigation.

Thank you.

  • Last Update: January 19, 2017

Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

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