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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
News Release - Winnipeg Police Service
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Project Heavy Metal Over the past several months, Winnipeg Police Service Crime Units from all four divisions, with the assistance of our crime analysts, have been involved in a complex stolen property investigation. This investigation is in relation to break-ins and thefts which occurred within the city of Winnipeg and rural Manitoba.
Investigators determined that some of the suspects involved were not only committing crimes in Manitoba, but were also active in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
On September 2, 2016, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Calgary, Alberta. Stolen property was recovered which included RCMP uniforms and related police equipment.
On October 11, 2016, nine Manitoba suspects were arrested and charged with numerous property-related offences. Additional search warrants were executed in Winnipeg and in Saskatchewan.
Twenty suspects have been identified who have either been arrested or warrants have been issued for their arrest in relation to the project. Over 140 charges will be laid, the majority of which are property related offences. To date, there has been in excess of $300,000 in stolen property recovered, which includes vehicles, camper trailers, police equipment, snow blowers, lawn care equipment, building materials, new tires, tools, key cutting machines, electronics, blank passports and blank birth certificates.
The investigation is ongoing and warrants have been issued for the outstanding suspects.
The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank and acknowledge the assistance of the Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service and RCMP for their assistance in this investigation.
Weapons Investigation Shots Fired: C16-216710 As previously released: On October 16, 2016, at approximately 10:10 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded to the 600 block of Arlington Street for a report of a gunshot heard in the area.
General Patrol and Tactical Support Team members arrived and determined that a residence in the area was the location of the incident.
While several occupants were removed from the dwelling, police were unable to persuade all the occupants to exit the house. Due to concerns that an armed individual(s) remained inside, Arlington Street was closed to traffic.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on October 17, police were successful in removing the final occupants. No further information is available at this time. ______________________________________________________
Investigators subsequently located a loaded, sawed-off shotgun within the building. Two individuals have now been charged in relation to this incident:
- John Luke STENGEL, 30-years, faces twelve charges including numerous firearms related offences and breaches of court orders. Stengel was detained in custody.
- A 40-year-old female faces four firearms related offences. She was released on a Promise to Appear.
For further information contact either: Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs