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February 7, 2014

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Statement Concerning Retail Outlets Investigation

Police involvement with certain local retail outlets involved in the sale of smoking-related items has created a lot of discussion within the community.

The Winnipeg Police Service wishes to clarify that there have not been any widespread “raids” targeting these outlets, nor has there been a demand that these businesses cease operations.

We can confirm one individual has been charged in relation to a specific incident at one of these retail outlets.

Since the spring of 2013, officers have been visiting many of the local stores to discuss complaints brought forward by community members, organizations and school administrators.

Our goal throughout this process has been to keep the peace, respond to community concerns and to work with local business owners to ensure they are aware of the concerns that have been brought forward.

The Winnipeg Police Service is committed to working with business owners and concerned community stakeholders to address the matter.

 

Commercial Break & Enters - C14-26930 & C14-26948

On February 5, 2014 shortly before 4:30 a.m. West District officers responded to a report of break and enter at a business in the 1700 block of Kenaston Boulevard. 
 
Upon arrival, it was discovered that the front door of the business had been smashed to gain entry.  The suspect(s) fled with an assortment of food products.
 
Then, on this same date shortly before 6:00 a.m., East District officers responded to similar incident at a business in the 700 block of St. Anne’s Road.   
 
Entry to the business had been gained through a smashed glass entry door. The suspects removed cash registers and some food products before fleeing the store.
 
Investigators from both the East District and West District Crime Units are continuing with this investigation.  Anyone who has any information regarding the suspect(s) is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-2857, (204) 986-2877 or Crime Stoppers (204) 786-TIPS (8477).

 

For Further Information Contact:

Cst. Jason Michalyshen
Public Information Officer
  Cst. Eric Hofley
Public Information Officer
D/Sgt. Natalie Aitken
Public Information Officer
   
   
Office: 204-986-3061
Fax: 204-986-7992
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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