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February 24, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Theft Over $5,000 – Arrest: E17-0738

In mid-February, 2017, Winnipeg Police were made aware of a series of thefts that had occurred at a local outlet of an international shipping company.

Information was received that an employee had, over the period of approximately three months, stolen numerous electronic devices from the company’s warehouse where these items were awaiting delivery. The employee then placed the stolen property for sale on the internet, receiving approximately $20,000 for the sale of the stolen goods.

An investigation was initiated by the West District Crime Unit. The suspect was identified as an employee who worked in the customer service department of the involved company.

A 24-year-old male from Winnipeg was arrested by investigators and released on a Promise to Appear. He was charged with Theft Over $5,000 and Trafficking Property Obtained By Crime Over 5,000.

The total estimated value of property stolen was believed to be approximately $45,000, however, customers suffered no permanent losses from the incident.

Suspicious Person R17-0013717

Public Advisory:   
On February 19, 2017 at approximately 1:50 p.m., a small group of teenage girls were shopping inside a mall located in the 1200 block of St. Mary's Road when they observed an unknown male following them. The male continued to follow the group so closely that the girls entered a store with the hope to evade him.

Just outside a store, still within the mall, the male appeared to have sprayed or otherwise deposited an unknown substance on the clothing of one of the girls. 

The suspect remained in the area for a brief period of time before fleeing. The girls were not injured as a result of the incident.

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service were contacted and a report was made.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 40-50 years old, 5'7"- 5'8" tall, heavy build, wrinkled weathered-looking face and wearing a flat-style blue felt hat with a small brim and blue plaid jacket.

Members of the Sex Crimes Unit have been notified and continue to investigate. Anyone with further information regarding this incident/suspect is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).   

Last Update: February 24, 2017

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