“Project Heavy Metal”, a complex stolen property investigation

Winnipeg, Manitoba – 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.

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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.

Winnipeg Police Service


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