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December 14, 2018

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Suspicious Male Circumstances — Public Safety Advisory

On December 13, 2018, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Winnipeg Police received a report of a suspicious male in the area of Plessis Rd. and Pandora Ave. W. The reporter, a 46-year-old female, advised at approximately 7:45 p.m., a male knocked at her door, stated that he was from MTS, and requested to be let into the residence. The homeowner refused to allow the male entry, advising she was not interested. After a short time, the male left without incident.

The male is described as Black, approximately 35-years of age, approximately 5'4" in height. He was wearing a jacket with MTS embroidered on it.

Bell MTS advised they are not involved in any door-to-door canvassing in the area.

The Winnipeg Police Service reminds citizens that employees of legitimate businesses should be in possession of identification indicating the business or organization they represent. We offer the following crime prevention tips:

  • Only allow pre-scheduled service providers into your home.
  • Always ask to see identification before answering any questions. All legitimate salespersons/repair persons will have clearly visible identification and will produce it when asked.
  • If a person requests to enter your residence and is unable to provide proper identification, or makes you feel uncomfortable or uncertain, do not allow that person to enter your residence.
  • Don’t feel obligated to invite people you don’t know into your home even if they provide a form of identification, speak to them through your front door.
  • Never give personal information to anyone not invited to your home or show them any documents with information about you or your accounts. If there are forms to be filled out, take them to be read at your own leisure. You can return them at a later date.
  • If they’re trying to sell you something new, and you are unsure or comfortable, just tell them “no” at your doorstep. If a person continues to pressure you after you’ve asked them to leave (whether they’re inside or outside your home), call the police.
  • If they claim to be sent by an existing utility company, leave the person outside and call that company to confirm they have employees in the area. If you are unsure about the company, search them on the internet.
  • Always take time to consider what is being offered and advise you will be in contact after considering it. Reputable businesses will avoid high-pressure sales tactics. You don’t have to decide right on the spot. Reputable canvassers will provide contact information for you to follow up and make appointments at a future date.
  • If you’re just not sure — say no thanks and close the door.
  • Report all suspicious activity to police.

More tips and information can be found on the Competition Bureau and Government of Manitoba websites. 

http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/home

https://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/literacy/fraud.html

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Drug Trafficking Investigation – Arrest: C18-275375

The Winnipeg Police Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) has arrested a 51-year-old male for trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of proceeds of crime.

The DEU began an investigation into drug trafficking related to a residence in the River Park South neighbourhood of Winnipeg in early December. A search warrant was issued under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and executed on December 13, 2018. As a result methamphetamine valued at $6,500 was seized, along with $675 in cash.

Mario TRUNZO of Winnipeg was arrested and charged with:
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (Methamphetamine)
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime
- Fail to Comply with Recognizance x 2

He was detained in custody


Missing Person — Located: C18-275892

On December 13, 2018, at approximately 4:50 p.m., Winnipeg Police received a report of a missing 80-year-old female, who is a Project Life Saver client and wearing a transmitter bracelet. The missing person was last seen at Garden City Shopping Centre.

General patrol, along with members of the Ground Search and Rescue Unit and Rescue Volunteer Association, quickly responded. With the use of a Project Life Saver receiver, members were able to safely locate the missing female within minutes, still in the mall. 

The Winnipeg Police Service is grateful for our community partnerships and being able to able to bring a quick resolution to what could have had tragic consequences.

http://www.projectlifesavermanitoba.ca/


Suspicious Death – Investigation: C18-273168

On December 10, 2018, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of a body that had been located within a building in the 100 block of Young St.

Investigators located the body of an adult male. The death was deemed suspicious in nature and the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit is now investigating. No further information is available at this time.


    • Last UpdateDecember 16, 2018

Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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