A report on police activity in the Central Plains region between Oct. 23-29
RCMP weekly report
Oct. 23 29 calls for service
RCMP inundated with scammer reports
The Portage la Prairie RCMP receive several calls every week regarding people being defrauded of money through various means. One of the most common scams being used right now is people portraying themselves as collection agents with Canada Revenue. These scammers will insist that you owe money to Canada Revenue, and that failing to pay will result in their arrest. The scammers will ask that payment be made by credit card, or in the form of pre-paid cards to things such as iTunes or Amazon. This is not how Canada Revenue collects outstanding tax revenues or fines. If you get a call such as this, inform the scammers they should contact your accountant (information which Canada Revenue would likely have) and that you do not make payments over the phone.
Oct. 24 – 28 calls for service
Halloween tricks have come early around Portage la Prairie, as RCMP responded to several homes and vehicles being vandalized with eggs. Property owners heard several youths in some instances, but were unable to get a description of anyone involved. Police wish to remind everyone who might want to continue this behaviour that they could face criminal charges if found committing mischief. If you see or hear anything suspicious, please call police immediately.
Oct. 25 – 48 calls for service
Amaranth RCMP are asking for the assistance of the community in locating a stolen ATV from a rural residence in the RM of Alonsa. An orange 2012 Arctic Cat 1000cc, last seen with Manitoba license plate 4F605, was taken overnight. The vehicle is quite unique, as it has several aftermarket parts attached. If you know the current whereabouts of the vehicle, or who was responsible for the theft, please contact the Amaranth RCMP at 204-843-2309.
Shortly before 4 p.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP received several complaints regarding a dangerous driver on Lorne Avenue W. A silver 2001 Toyota Echo was seen driving at high speeds, passing vehicles where it was not safe to do so. Of greater concern to police is that the license plates on the vehicle were reportedly covered with a plastic film, and could not be read as a result. The vehicle was reportedly being driven by a male, with two male passengers also inside. Investigators are asking that anyone with knowledge of who was driving this vehicle, or who the owner might be, contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445.
Oct. 26 – 53 calls for service
Inclement conditions result in collisions
Poor weather and poor road conditions lent a hand to multiple collisions across the Central Plains area. Police wish to remind all motorists that they should reduce their speeds when the weather turns poor, and be prepared for winter survival. If you become stranded on the road, police will make every effort to ensure that you are safe, but they might not be able to reach you right away. Having a fully charged cell phone, warm blankets, water and snacks, can go a long way to making a bad situation more tolerable. If you are travelling in poor weather, make sure someone knows where you are travelling, and when you intend to arrive; overdue travellers account for a surprising number of calls to police during the winter months.
Oct. 27 – 46 calls for service
Snowmobiles stolen from North Norfolk
Portage la Prairie RCMP are asking for the assistance of the community in locating two stolen snowmobiles from the RM of North Norfolk. Police are looking for a white and black 2010 Arctic Cat Cross Fire with Manitoba license plate 9S524, and an orange and black 2011 Arctic Cat Cross Fire with Manitoba license plate 9S498. If you know the current whereabouts of these vehicles, or who is responsible for their theft, contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445.
Oct. 28 – 49 calls for service
Failure to stop results in crash
Treherne RCMP were dispatched to a multiple vehicle collision on Hwy 2 in the RM of Victoria. A semi-truck and pick-up collided shortly before 11 a.m., with witnesses to the incident indicating that the semi-truck failed to stop where required. The occupants of the pick-up truck were taken for medical assessment as a result of the collision. The male driver, 57, of the semi-truck was issued a fine for disobeying a traffic control device, in this instance a stop sign.
Vehicles stolen on Hwy 1
Portage la Prairie RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle on Hwy 1, where a male and female suspect drove off, leaving the vehicle owner to watch. The vehicle was located as short time later, and the suspects were identified. Both were arrested for possession of stolen property and held in police custody until such time as they could be released on strict conditions. Both will appear in court at a later date.
Shortly after 11 p.m., Portage la Prairie RCMP received a report of another stolen vehicle on Hwy 1. Police were able to locate the vehicle and arrested the male driver, 20, for possession of stolen property. The male remained in custody until such time as he could be released on strict conditions. He will appear before the court at a later date.
Oct. 29 – 53 calls for service
A motorist was observed travelling at 101 km/h in a 60 km/h construction zone on Hwy 1 in the RM of Portage la Prairie. The male driver, 55, was issued a fine in the amount of $1123.50, as fines are doubled in construction zones in an effort to make them safer for people working on the roadside.
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 manitobacrimestoppers.com. Tips leading to the identification of suspects or the return of stolen property could receive cash awards.