A report of police activity in the Central Plains Area between Sept. 18-24
RCMP weekly report
Sept. 18 – 50 calls for service
Amaranth RCMP responded to several reports of unidentified suspects having gone through multiple vehicles in Langruth. Owners reported small items missing from inside their vehicles, with minimal damages. Investigators are asking that anyone with knowledge of who is committing these thefts contact the Amaranth RCMP at 204-843-2309. Police wish to remind vehicle owners that they should lock their vehicles at night and refrain from leaving valuables inside.
Sept. 19 – 47 calls for service
A motorist was observed travelling at 151 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Hwy 2 in the RM of Grey. The male driver, 19, was issued a fine in the amount of $718.25 and a Notice of Serious Offence, which will require him to appear before the court and speak to his actions behind the wheel.
Sept. 20 – 61 calls for service
Clarity Vision break and enter
At 3:14 a.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to an alarm at the Clarity Vision Centre on Saskatchewan Avenue. When officers arrived they discovered a broken window and a ransacked sunglasses display. Unidentified thieves stole several pairs of sunglasses and damaged a few more displays before fleeing the area. Investigators noted that there was significant forensic evidence left behind by the suspects, and efforts to identify them are underway. Police ask that if you know the identity of the suspect, please contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445.
Suspicious person report leads to coke bust
A call to police regarding a suspicious person resulted in an impaired driver being taken off the road, and significant amount of cocaine never reaching the streets. Officers were called to the CanadInns on Saskatchewan Avenue after a male driver was seen displaying some suspicious behaviour. Once in contact with the male, police asked that he provide samples of his breath to a roadside screening device, as they believed he had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. The driver refused to provide a sample of his breath and was subsequently arrested for failing to do so. Once in police custody investigators found marihuana and a substantial amount of cocaine in the driver’s possession. Brent John Hackewich, 58, of Gladstone, Man., was held in police custody until such time as he could appear before the court. He is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marihuana, failing to provide a breath sample, driving while prohibited from doing so, and failing to comply with court imposed conditions.
Sept. 21 – 64 calls for service
Impaired fender bender
Shortly after 5:30 a.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP called to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 16 near the railway crossing just North of Hwy 1. When emergency crews arrived on scene they determined that one vehicle had rear ended another which was waiting for a train to pass. Luckily there were no serious injuries as a result of the collision. Investigators would determine that the 34-year-old female driver of the vehicle, which struck the other, was impaired by way of alcohol. The driver was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and her subsequent breath samples were over double the legal limit. The driver was released from police custody that same day, set to appear before the court at a later date. Her driver’s license was suspended for a minimum of three months, and the vehicle was towed and impounded for a minimum of 60 days at the owner’s expense.
A motorist was observed travelling at 70 km/h in a 30 km/h school zone on River Road in Portage la Prairie. The male driver, 24, was issued a fine in the amount of $573.50.
Snow blower heist
Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to the BDO Centennial Arena after property management found a snow blower missing from the foyer of the building. A green John Deere snow blower was taken, despite being chained and locked to the property. Investigators are asking that anyone with knowledge of who stole the item, or where the snow blower can be found, please contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445. Police also wish to remind potential buyers of used items that they could be purchasing stolen goods. You’re encouraged to go to www.cpic-cipc.ca where you can check the serial number of items ranging from vehicles to power tools, in order to determine if the item has been reported as stolen.
Charges pending following two vehicle collision
Portage la Prairie emergency services were called to the intersection of 3rd Street NE and 4th Avenue NE for a two vehicle collision. One vehicle was found on its roof, and another was heavily damaged. Luckily there were no serious injuries as a result of the collision. Charges are pending in this matter, as investigators believe the driver of one vehicle proceeded before it was safe to do so. The matter is still under investigation.
Sept. 22 – 86 calls for service
A motorist was observed travelling at 136 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the City of Portage la Prairie. The male driver, 26, was issued a fine in the amount of $521.75.
Portage la Prairie RCMP observed a vehicle failing to stop at a STOP sign, then accelerate to a high rate of speed on Saskatchewan Avenue. As officers attempted to catch up the vehicle they continued to see it being driven in a very reckless manner, failing to stop at further STOP signs and taking turns at high rates of speed. Officers were not certain why the driver was behaving this way so they initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued on to its destination without stopping. Once in contact with the driver and passengers, investigators determined that the female driver, 27, was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, with her refusing to provide samples of her breath for analysis. The driver was released from police custody the following day, set to appear before the court at a later date on charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, refusing to provide breath samples, and several charges under the Highway Traffic Act.
Sept. 23 – 54 calls for service
At 10 p.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP conducted a traffic stop after observing a vehicle leave the area near the Cat and Fiddle Bar. In speaking with the 24-year-old female driver, officers determined that she had consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. The driver was asked to provide a breath sample to a roadside screening device, which she failed. The driver was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle, and her subsequent breath samples were over the legal limit. Her driver’s license was suspended for a minimum period of three months, and the vehicle was towed and impounded for a minimum of 30 days at the owner’s expense.
Sept. 24 – 31 calls for service
A motorist was observed travelling at 126 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on Hwy 1 near Hwy 16 in the RM of Portage la Prairie. The male driver, 44, was issued a fine in the amount of $652.50.
If you have any information that could lend assistance in the investigation of these crimes or others, please contact your local RCMP, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and www.manitobacrimestoppers.com . Tips leading to the identification of suspects or the return of stolen property could receive cash awards.