Monday, February 3, 2014

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service


Winnipeg Police Service

 Monday, February 3, 2014

RESIDENTIAL ROBBERY                                        C14-24358

On February 2, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m. Winnipeg Police Service members responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred at a residence within the 200 block of Bertrand Street. 
Upon arrival officers learned that two male suspects had attended to the residence and forced their way in when the 67-year-old male resident opened the door.
The two unknown suspects, one armed with a black pistol and the other with pepper spray, encountered the second victim, a 66-year-old female and they demanded cash and property. As one of the suspects discharged pepper spray in the direction of the male victim, the female victim was able to leave the residence and summon police.       
The suspects immediately fled the residence with an undisclosed amount of cash. Patrolling police units searched the area for the suspects with negative results.    
The two suspects are described as: Caucasian males, in their twenties, approximately 5'9" to 5'10" tall with slim builds.  Both suspects were wearing dark clothing and had their identities concealed with balaclavas.  
This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit.  Anyone who may have information regarding this incident or the suspects is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or CrimeStoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
As previously released, in April 2013, members of the Winnipeg Police Service Street Crime Unit initiated Project Falling Star, a lengthy investigationstrategically targeting members of the Manitoba Warriors Street Gang.
The Manitoba Warriors are known topromote illicit drug sales and commit numerous acts of violence that is linked to the territorial disputes related to drug distribution networks.
As a result of information gathered, "Project Falling Star" focussed on specific drug cells within the gang.
Certain investigative techniques were utilized, which resulted in evidence being gathered to support criminal code charges on 57 Manitoba Warriors and / or associates.  Seven CDSA search warrants and three Firearms warrants were executed throughout the project.
On January 24, 2014, the Winnipeg Police Service had requested the public's assistance in locating Monica Marie THOMAS, 34 years,wanted for Traffic in Scheduled Substance (COCAINE) x 2 and Fail To Comply Recognizance x 2. 
On February 2, 2014, THOMAS was located within the 500 block of Spence Street and was taken into custody without incident.
She has been detained in custody.
The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank the public and members of the media for their assistance. 



For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer
Detective Sergeant Natalie Aitken, Public Information Officer

Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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