Winnipeg, Manitoba – Between November 2020 and February 2021, Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) General Patrol officers and the Property Crime Unit undertook an extensive investigation involving the property and fraud-related crimes believed to be perpetrated by the same suspect.
These crimes involved break and enters, damage/thefts of vehicles, and fraudulent use of identity documents and credit cards.
On November 11, 2020, a wallet was stolen from a parked vehicle in the 500 block of Wardlaw Avenue. The suspect in this incident falsified documents to obtain credit cards in this victim’s name.
Between November 26 and November 27, 2020, the suspect used two fraudulently obtained credit cards and charged approximately $5,000 in the victim’s name.
On January 15, 2021, the same suspect broke into three commercial businesses in the 100 block of Princess Street. He broke into approximately 50 mailboxes, a storage locker and ten vehicles, taking property.
On January 27, 2021, the suspect stole keys from a vehicle rental business in the 1600 block of Inkster Boulevard, where he returned after hours and stole a vehicle valued at over $5000.
On January 28, 2021, the suspect broke into a residence in the 300 block of Flora Avenue, taking various items.
On February 11, 2021, at 1:20 a.m., the suspect stole a running vehicle parked in the100 block of Weston Street.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., Central District General Patrol officers observed this stolen vehicle being operated in the area of Sherman Street and Logan Avenue. The driver bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot, where he was apprehended a short distance later and placed under arrest.
The Property Crime Unit completed the investigation and identified this individual as the person linked to all of these offences.
Dustin Dean ZORN, 33, of Winnipeg, was charged with 26 property and fraud-related offences and he was detained in custody.
There were approximately 16 victims related to these offences, with over $40,000 worth of damaged and stolen property.
Break and Enter / Fraud Use of Credit Card – Arrest C21-32951
Winnipeg Police Service
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