December 3, 2021 Media Release

Bicycle Thefts – Arrest: R21-59281

Between April 2020 and early November 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service received multiple reports of stolen bicycles along the southern section of Pembina Highway.

The West District Community Support Unit launched an investigation to locate these stolen bicycles in response to community tips provided to police. 

On November 16, 2021, police executed a search warrant at a storage facility in the 500 block of Hervo Street. The locker contained numerous bicycles, many of which have high-end retail value. Amongst the bikes that were confirmed stolen, five were returned to the original owners by police.

On November 23, 2021, officers arrested a 51-year-old male in the 1000 block of Manahan Avenue.

He is facing property and identity fraud-related charges and has been released on an Appearance Notice (as mandated per the Criminal Code).

Two of these returned bikes come with unique backstories. A 13-year-old youth had his bicycle stolen while locked up on school property. He had worked very hard to save up and pay half of the value, which was $1,000, while his parents matched the other half. His disappointment was great when it was stolen. On a positive note, it had been previously registered, and when it was recovered during the investigation, it was returned to him in good working order.

A female in her 70’s had her vintage bike stolen in 2005 during a garage break-in. She had retained the serial number and registered her bicycle years after the theft when the registry came to fruition. Surprisingly, this bike was located in the locker and returned to the owner sixteen years later.

The Winnipeg Police Service encourages citizens to utilize the City’s bike registry. With registration, if your stolen bicycle is recovered, you will be notified immediately and arrangements made for you to get your bicycle back. 

https://winnipeg.ca/cms/BLES/LS/bicycle_license.stm

It only takes a few seconds and is a valuable tool for property recovery.

All of the unclaimed bicycles go to the bicycle auction every April. If you believe that your bicycle may have been recovered during this investigation and it was not registered but may have unique branding or markings, call the investigators at 204-986-2878.

Shooting – Investigation: C21-281816

On December 2, 2021, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the report of shots in the 600 block of Furby Street. Officers located evidence of shots fired at a residence that was occupied at the time. Nobody was injured.

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

Robbery – Investigation: C21-279628

On November 30, 2021, at approximately 6:30 a.m., an adult male was walking in the 700 block of Westminster Avenue when he was approached by an unknown male on a bike asking him for the time. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded he turn over his phone. The male suspect subsequently fled the area and the victim was not injured.

Major Crimes has taken over this investigation. Anyone with information to assist investigators is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Indecent Act / Utter Threats – Arrest: C21-281762

On December 2, 2021, at approximately 4:30 p.m., an adult male attended a grocery store in the 1000 block of Gateway Road where he concealed unpaid items on his person and subsequently exposed himself and urinated on items, making good his escape.

The suspect boarded a bus and threatened to assault the driver in response to his driving. The bus was stopped at Main Street and Margaret Avenue, where the driver and the passengers exited the bus to safety and police were contacted. While waiting for police, Transit supervisors were on scene, and the male refused to exit the bus.

Central District General Patrol officers arrested and charged Christopher Lawrence TOMIUK, 41 of Winnipeg, with the following offences:

- Uttering Threats
- Mischief Under $5,000 x2
- Theft Under $5,000
- Indecent Act

He was detained in custody.


Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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