Retail Theft Initiative Update – Arrests: R24-10246 R24-10251 C24-45482 C24-45653

Released: February 29, 2024 at 11:57 a.m.

The Property Crime Unit and Divisional Community Support Units continue focusing on the Retail Theft Initiative in partnership with the Retail Council of Canada and Winnipeg's business community. This proactive effort addresses the serious issue of shoplifting, including the threat of injury to staff and the general public and financial loss incurred by retail outlets within the city.

On February 28, 2024, the Property Crime Unit and the West District Community Support Unit provided theft deterrence at a large grocery outlet in the 1300 block of Sargent Avenue. Six adults were arrested for stealing various merchandise; however, the stolen property was fully recovered. Two of the suspects were also found to have outstanding warrants for arrest.

The success of a retail theft initiative is dependent on effective collaboration between various stakeholders and a multifaceted approach that addresses the root causes of theft. The aim is to raise awareness, deter potential offenders, and promote a safe and secure shopping environment.

We remain committed to working with our community partners and social service providers to ensure support is available to individuals facing various challenges such as food insecurity, poverty, or addiction.

If retailers require safety and crime prevention information, contact the Community Relations Division.

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