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Monday, May 9, 2016
News Release - Winnipeg Police Service
Monday, May 9, 2016
Counterfeit Money Arrest C16-90186 During the months of April and beginning of May, the Winnipeg Police Service received unusually high volumes of reports regarding counterfeit currency being tendered at local businesses. As a result, members of the Commercial Crime Unit initiated an investigation which included a public advisory reminding citizens to check their notes carefully prior to accepting them. As a result of the investigation, a 28 year old male was identified as a suspect in this matter.
On May 6, 2016 members of the Winnipeg Police Service came into contact with the 28 year old male suspect regarding an unrelated matter, at which time he was placed under arrest. At the time of his arrest officers recovered approximately $1800.00 of counterfeit Canadian currency.
As a result, this male is facing numerous charges in relation to the Possession, Use and Making of Counterfeit Currency.
Members of the Commercial Crime Unit would like to remind ALL members of the public to remain diligent as counterfeit currency may still be in circulation.
Merchants and consumers are reminded to check their notes and that they are under no obligation to accept notes they believe are counterfeit.
Some general security features to look for in Canadian currency are:
Raised (intaglio) printing that can be felt by the touch. - Very clear, fine line details in all the printing. - The polymer bills display a Metallic portrait and building within the clear window. - The Polymer bills display transparent text within the clear window. - There is no consistency to the serial numbers. As such, we do not have a list that can be used for identification.
If a suspected counterfeit note is tendered to you or your staff:
- Inspect it closely and compare it to a known authentic bill if possible. - If safe to do so, retain the bill and ask the customer for another form of payment. As a consumer, decline the note and request another form of change. - Record a description of the suspect and if appropriate, any vehicle associated to them. - Contact police in a timely manner and make a report.
Members of the Commercial Crime Unit would also like to thank the public and local businesses for taking the time to file reports of this nature. Reporting these incidents is essential to the success of our investigations.
Stabbing Investigation C16-91553 On May 8, 2016 at approximately 4:00 a.m., a 27 year old male was outside an apartment building located in the 500 block of Ellice Avenue when he was confronted by an unknown male and stabbed in the upper body.
The suspect fled and the victim was transported to hospital in critical condition. He was later upgraded to stable.
The investigation is continuing by members of the Division 11 Crime Unit.
The suspect is described as being a male in his 20's, wearing dark clothing and in possession of a knife.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6668 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Robbery Arrest C16-91565 On May 8, 2016 at approximately 4:20 a.m., a 26 year old male was riding his bike over the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge (Salter Street) when he encountered an unknown male armed with multiple weapons.
The suspect demanded the victims' property which was refused. It was at this time the suspect attacked the victim causing multiple serious injuries and rendering him unconscious. The suspect fled the area on foot.
Due witness account, police were notified and Patrol members attended the area.
The victim was located and transported to hospital in unstable condition. His condition improved and stabilized.
As a result of community support, the suspect was identified and later taken into custody while in the area of Notre Dame Avenue and Balmoral Street.
Members of the Division 11 Crime Unit continued to investigate.
Eugene Junior MASON, 19 years of Winnipeg has been charged with Aggravated Assault, including several weapon related offences.
He was remanded into custody.
For further information contact either: Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs